On a chilly winter day in Gadsden, AL., Thursday, January 8th 1942 to be exact. This was the day that God blessed Mr. and Mrs. Eddie and Essie Mae Graham with the birth of a beautiful baby girl named Edwina. She was the oldest of nine children from this union with all her sibling names beginning with 'E' (Edith, Elaine, Evon (Tiny), Ervin, Eric, Elliott (Joe), Eddie Jr. (Butch) and Eugene). They were a big happy family filled with love which was the foundation that helped shape Edwina as a woman.
Fast forward to 1962 (when a gallon of gasoline was $0.31). Edwina met and married Fredric Madison. They eventually settled in the windy city of Chicago, IL. From this union three sons were born - Cedric, Derrick and Bryan Madison. We could actually stop right here because her boys were the loves of her life. She lived and breathed for her boys. She was a outstanding mother who taught her children to have high self-esteem and to always keep their heads up. She was a strong individual who was never afraid to speak her mind (somebody say Amen!). She had the belief that she could do anything she put her mind to and that nothing was too big or too small.
She was a law clerk (Braun, Lynch, Smith & Strobel) for many years, a civil rights advocate, Eastern Star, Red Hatter, Member of Eastside Church of Christ (Florence, AL) prior to relocating to GA, Member of First Baptist Church in East Point, GA where she was currently residing. However, her greatest achievement was being a great mother and grandmother (to grandchildren Christopher, Jasmin, Bryson and Armani).
Upon retirement in the early 1990's Edwina moved from Chicago back south to the town of Florence, AL., where she met many life long friends. After several years in Florence, she moved to Atlanta, GA to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Edwina was a strong, proud and intelligent woman. 'I can't' was not in her vocabulary. Even as her health started to decline due to cancer, she faced it head on with incredible courage and a strong faith in God. She often stated that she lived a 'GOOD LIFE' and that she was at peace. This showed to be true as she peacefully transitioned from this life on Sunday, 11/10/2019 with loved ones by her side.
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