Farming Rural 04

Beverly Madden

January 7, 2022


Beverly Ann Madden (n. Brydges)

December 1, 1938- January 7, 2022


It is with immense sorrow that we announce the passing of an incredible wife, mother, sister, Nan and Great-Nan. Beverly Ann Madden (n. Brydges) passed away with dignity and grace at her home on Golden Line Road, Almonte. Predeceased by her beloved husband of 54 years Joseph “Joe” John Madden, and by her son Jeffrey Joseph Madden; survived by her daughter and best friend JoAnn Donaldson (Jack). Cherished Nan to Chris (Jessica) and Jonathan (Anna Laurie), and very special Great Nan to Joseph “Joey” Christopher and Austin Timothy Donaldson, and Breeda Beverly Donaldson.


Born in Almonte to Orville Charles Brydges of Almonte and Gladys May (n. Lancaster) of Carleton Place, Beverly was the eldest of 10 children. She is survived by siblings Clarence (Marian); Blair (Lynda); Harold (Lucille); Bruce (Willie); Joan Scott (Kevin); Roy (Debbie); Stephen (Mary Ann); Heather Denvir (Basil) and Darrell.


She was a medical secretary in Almonte for 52 years: to Dr. Rolf Bach for 35 years, until his retirement, to Dr. Cecil Rytwinski and to Dr. Heather Abramenko for 20 years. Her dedication to her profession was outpaced only by her devotion to her family.


Beverly was proud to be a devoted farmer’s wife and worked side by side with Joe to make the Madden homestead “Tara Hill Farm” a successful farm and welcoming place for family and friends alike. First her children and then her grandchildren became part of the many adventures she planned; be it taking the RV on the road, traveling to far off destinations, or enjoying camping just down the highway in the Ottawa Valley. Wherever they went, Bev and Joe could always make fast friends, enjoy good music of all kinds and dance the night away - always sharing the last dance with each other.


Beverly shared her love of downhill skiing, snowmobiling, boating and water skiing with so many friends and family over the years - snowmobiling with her great-grandsons was undoubtedly one of her happiest moments. She planned extended family gatherings for all occasions; birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, showers, and holidays - and they always featured a game, recitation, or skit making memories and keeping us smiling.


With her seemingly unending supply of energy, Beverly found time amidst all of the farm, family and work activities to volunteer with St. Paul’s Anglican Church. She remained an active member of the Altar Guild until just a couple of years ago, and always made time to share her excellent cooking and baking skills in support of the Harvest Supper, Tourtiere and Bake Sales.  

To know Bev was to know what mattered most in life; family, friends and community. She was so proud of the years spent developing Tara Hill Farm with Joe and creating a home where all were welcomed with open arms and a fantastic meal.


In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Paul’s Anglican Church Cemetery Fund are appreciated.


“Be happy, tonight I go with the faith and hope that my loved ones’ spirits will all be around me. Live, laugh and love each other, always.”













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