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Kim Ellis Madsen

1958 - 2009

Kim Ellis Madsen "Come to my garden" Centerville - Winter has finally fallen on the life of our dear wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, after years of battling ovarian cancer. Kim Ellis Madsen, age 50, died peacefully on Feb 9, 2009 surrounded by family and friends. Through her life Kim has touched so many. Her affinity for gardening has given us the best glimpse into the heart of this magnificent daughter of God. Endowed by our creator with a gift for helping things grow, she not only had her celebrated garden, but the relationships she cultivated throughout her life. Her parting fills her family and friends' hearts with sorrow, but the fruits of her labors will bloom for generations to come. Her life stands as a testament that winter cannot last forever and that spring will come.

  She was born in Salt Lake City on Aug. 14, 1958 to Donald "J" and LuDean Garlick Ellis. Raised in Bountiful, she spent her life in Davis County with the exception of a few years in Vernal, Utah, where her husband Dave worked in law enforcement. Married to David Jencks Madsen, September 5, 1975, in the Salt Lake Temple, their union was blessed with much learning, sacrifice and three beautiful children. They made their homes in Centerville, Kaysville, Vernal and Bountiful, returning to Centerville in 1980, where they have lived ever since.

  Kim lived her life with an open heart and a willing spirit and made every day an adventure. She spent many happy hours teaching fitness and water aerobics in different locations. Kim's talents at storytelling and entertaining those around her led her to a rich and fulfilling pastime of theatre. Her performances lifted hearts, and gladdened countenances around the valley. Her passion for the arts inspired her husband, children, siblings, nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends. She enjoyed Rogers Memorial Theatre where she worked as a choreographer, director, and performer along with her family. She loved her job and associates at Orbit Irrigation Products and was proud to be part of that amazing organization. An active member of the LDS Church, she served in many capacities over the years, but her favorite was always singing leader in the Primary. Her heart was full of compassion and kindness and generosity without measure. She was a true disciple of her Lord Jesus Christ. She found peace working in her garden, which she created with the help of her husband and family. They loved to entertain friends and family in the oasis they created together. Kim's garden gates were never closed to old friends or new acquaintances. Anyone and everyone were welcome to share in the quiet joy exuded by both her and the riot of flowers surrounding her home. Although her illness was lengthy and difficult, Kim made every day a party. She will be mourned, but not missed for all who know her will see her living in the plants she sowed, and the hearts she touched. We love you Kim and will see you soon.

  A special thanks and gratitude to those at Huntsman Cancer Institute and Affinity Hospice who supported her as she supported her friends and family. She is survived by her husband David J. Madsen, her children Joshua David Madsen (Elena) of Centerville, Christiane (Brian) Telford of Bountiful, and Caitlin (Patrick) States of Farmington; mother and step-father LuDean and Jerry Rogers (Bountiful), and five brothers and sisters: Kevin "J" and Donna Ellis (Centerville); Kristen and Brady Giles (Cedar Hills, UT), Kamra and Robert Haskett (Littleton, CO), Kaleb "J" Ellis and Liz Brown (West Bountiful), and step-sister Lynnett and Gale Rueckert (Bountiful); numerous in-laws, beloved nieces and nephews and four beautiful grandchildren Jacob, Genevieve and Lila Telford and Huckleberry Madsen. Preceded in death by her father Donald "J" Ellis; mother and father-in-law Ray A. and Gertrude Madsen; and sister-in-law Lynne Jorgensen. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 14, 2009 at the Centerville Stake Center, 950 North Main. Friends and family may call Friday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main and Saturday morning 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment-Centerville City Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Russon Brothers Mortuary.

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