Gail H. Madden

April 24th, 1941August 30th, 2018

Gail Madden, 77, of Boulder, died early Thursday, August 30, at Boulder Community
Health after a brief illness. The passage was serene with her family at her side and her
favorite music playing in the background. She left on the wings of Eva Cassidy’s “Fields
of Gold”.
Born in 1941 in Scranton, PA to Malcolm (Max) and Anne Hazelton, Gail grew up in the
beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. She was a graduate of Greene Dreher
Sterling High School and attended Kutztown State University. She married her best
friend’s cousin, Tom Madden, in 1961. After the marriage Gail then joined Bell
Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. She began in the typing pool, and after three
years of promotions joined the technical staff as a Technical Associate in the Materials
Testing Lab. She left before the birth of her son, Tim, in 1966. A daughter, Elizabeth
(Betsy), followed two years later, and in 1970 a job transfer brought the family to
Boulder.
Gail was an accomplished weaver, quilter, knitter and weaving teacher. She was also a
published author on these subjects. She worked for many years at Shuttles, Spindles and
Skeins in Boulder and was responsible for their excellent book inventory. A long-time
member of the Handweavers Guild of Boulder, she served as Librarian for many years.
She was a member of a number of informal social groups - the “Over Thirties”, the
“Tuesday Weavers”, the “Fun Club”, and “Fibers”. All are based on friendship and
shared interests; all were very important to her.
Gail loved many forms of music, from Opera and Classical to Folk, Bluegrass and Celtic.
She also loved to travel. Gail and Tom often combined these interests by taking music
tours to Ireland, England, and France, along with traveling to music festivals from Nova
Scotia to Oregon. Locally, she was a regular attendee of the Colorado Music Festival, and
University of Colorado Artist Series and Takacs Quartet performances. She was an avid
reader and was unceasingly curious, always interested in discovering some obscure book,
movie, or British TV series. She looked forward to the Conference on World Affairs at
CU each year as it always provided fodder for many interesting discussions.
Gail was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Tom, son Tim
(Shereen), daughter Betsy Halter (Tim), grandsons Morgan Madden and Ryan Halter,
granddaughter Kylie Halter, her Aunt Eve Reid of Boulder, brother Bob Hazelton (Jan)
of State College, PA, and a legion of friends.
Burial will be private, and a memorial celebration will be held later. In lieu of flowers,
friends are encouraged to donate to Habitat for Humanity, Planned Parenthood, or a
charity of their choice.
Services

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Place, Boulder, CO.

Cemetery

None

Location

None

Church

Mountain View United Methodist Church