Britomarte Madsen

Britomarte Athel Newbold Madsen, 92, of Tracy, CA formerly of Minden, NE passed away at her daughter’s home, in Tracy CA, on Sunday, February 21, 2021 from natural causes.

Britomarte was born August 18, 1928, at Cedar Crest Farm in Kearney County, NE to Glennie Athel Shoemaker Kirk Newbold and Lewis Francis Newbold.  She was the youngest of all the children of both Glennie and Lewis who each previously raised families when they were married to their first spouses.

Together Glennie and Lewis also had another daughter, Beverly Ream Newbold Chinas who was four years older than Britomarte.  She spent most of the first eighteen years of her life at the Cedar Heights farm home with her parents.  Britomarte attended the first 8 grades of school at District #25, Hoosier Valley School, in Kearney County and then attended Minden High School, graduating with the class of 1946. While in high school she was often asked for her piano-playing talents and was a National Honor Society Student as well.

In July of 1947 in Littleton, Colorado, she was united in marriage to Von Dean Madsen, also of Kearney County, NE. To this union were born three children – Stephen Dean, who died in infancy on January 19th, 1949; James Glenn, born August 27th, 1951, who died in May of 1989, and Julie Jean Ahlberg, who was born July 18th, 1958.

After leaving Nebraska in 1953, she and Von Dean established their home in Long Beach, CA, then moved to San Leandro, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area, in 1967, and lived there until Von Dean’s retirement in 1990.  They then moved to Grants Pass, Oregon and settled into a new home there.

At age 40, “Brit”, as she was commonly known, returned to business school and pursued a career of 25 years as a Medical Transcriptionist. She enjoyed her work as she excelled in spelling, word games, crossword puzzles, etc. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting and embroidering in her spare time.  As well, she had the company of her pets, Bo Peep, a cocker spaniel, and Hansena, her gray kitty.

Her husband, Von Dean, passed away six months after their 50th wedding anniversary. Three years later she met and enjoyed the companionship of Arthur Stading until his death on December 23rd, 2003, at the age of 82. In 2004, Ken Stark, a family friend of 15 years, became her companion and best friend until his death in July 2020. Ken introduced her to the card game of cribbage, which they played 2 games daily. She later played with her daughter, Julie right up to her passing.

She was preceded in death by both her parents, her husband, two sons, four half-brothers, as well as six half-sisters.

Survived by her daughter, Julie Jean Ahlberg and son-in-law Douglas James Ahlberg of Tracy, CA. Her sister, Beverly Chinas (Carlos) of Chico, CA. She had three grandchildren – Sarah Encinas (Daniel) of Manteca, CA, Jacob Douglas Ahlberg (Yuko Kishi) of Manteca, CA, and James Douglas Ahlberg (Lindsay) of Grass Valley, CA. She also had three great-grandchildren – Mason, Cora Day, and Liam, as well as many nieces and nephews, friends, and her special friend, Kenneth I. Stark.

Britomarte requested this to be printed with her obituary:

When I come to the end of the road, And the Sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom filled room. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not too long, And not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared, Miss me, but let me go. For this a journey that we all must take, And each must go alone. It’s part of the Master’s Plan, A step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick at heart, Go to the friends we know, And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds. Miss me, but let me go. Love, Mom