SOUTH BURLINGTON — Nancy Riddle Madden died in her sleep on Feb.7, 2015, after a brief illness. She had a long and fortunate life, and she filled it with adventure and wonder. In her 94 years, she had traveled on five continents and called many places home. In each place, she readily made friends and explored the local history and natural beauty. This was especially true in her last home, Vermont, where Nancy and her husband Vincent moved in 2006 to be close to their children and grandchildren. She always loved to be with her family.
Nancy found joy in climbing mountains, walking in the woods, and searching for early spring flowers. With a sharp mind throughout, she knew and loved the plants and the birds and never tired of books and crosswords. She was endlessly curious, exploring museums and even graveyards to find clues of the past. Nancy always enjoyed being with people, listening to the stories and sharing in the laughter. She spent many hours with good friends playing bridge and playing golf. Every year she looked forward to being able to work in her garden, and was thrilled with her big crop of tomatoes this past fall.
Nancy was born in Xenia, Ohio and grew up in West Palm Beach, Fla. She returned to her Midwestern roots to earn her bachelor’s degree at Washburn University in Kansas, and later obtained a master’s degree in personnel at Columbia University in New York City. Nancy met Vincent in California, and they married in Florida in 1950. She made many friends in Laramie, Wyo.; Pound Ridge, N.Y.; Bethesda, Md.; and Savannah, Ga. She especially treasured her community here at Harborview/Allenwood and her Burlington bridge groups. With her husband, Vincent, she lived briefly in Egypt, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, and Zimbabwe, and traveled in many other countries. She is survived by her son, Paul, and his wife, Vanessa, of Sheldon; her son, Lee, of Brattleboro; her daughter, Kathryn, and her husband, Roger Herzog, of Watertown, Mass.; her cherished grandchildren, Nils, Rosy, Laura, Emil, Melanie, Madelyn, Norah, Carrie, and Cole; her brother, John, and generations of beloved nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband. A memorial service will be held in the springtime when the wildflowers are blooming.