Madge Harrah

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“You have and will always be an inspiration to all writers. You will be missed. ”
1 of 40 | Posted by: Timothy Glass - Port Orange, FL

“I am thankful for the insights Madge shared about God and life. Guideposts truly is that resource. May God continue to uphold you as you remember. ”
2 of 40 | Posted by: Evelyn Hartley

“As I opened up the 2013 edition of "Daily Guideosts" I was saddened to learn of Madge's passing in 2011. Her writings always inspired me and...Read More »
3 of 40 | Posted by: Chris Casa Santa - Goodlettsville, TN

“I wanted to reach out to Madge today and just learned of her passing. What I remember most about her was her sweet joyful smile. I also remember...Read More »
4 of 40 | Posted by: Jil Anderson - Sacramento, CA

“I have enjoyed reading Madge's devotionals for many years. I shall miss her. Rest in peace. ”
5 of 40 | Posted by: Elaine Hammond - Voorhees, NJ

“I wanted to extend our condolences to the family of Madge Harrah from the Daily Guideposts. ”
6 of 40 | Posted by: S.C. Samoy - NY

“Decades ago, I was a twenty-something UNM student when Madge guest-taught our writing class. She announced her home phone number to all of us! Kept...Read More »
7 of 40 | Posted by: Dorianne Bloom - NM

“Madge's enthusiasm for Blind Boone encouraged me to write my book on Blind Boone after I did my Master's thesis on him. She was always so helpful...Read More »
8 of 40 | Posted by: Jack Batterson - Columbia, MO

“I enjoyed pulling her in my sled when we were in grade school and sharing my homemade comics. Betty, Joanne and I are keeping you in our prayers and...Read More »
9 of 40 | Posted by: Lowell Pugh - Golden City, MO

“Madge unselfishly and joyously inspired young children to write and enjoy playing with language. I knew her briefly at Comanche Elementary School,...Read More »
10 of 40 | Posted by: Elaine Montague - Albuquerque, NM

“There are two vivid memories that compete for sharing. First, Madge brought our Cul-de-sac together every year for neighborhood X-mas caroling, food ...Read More »
11 of 40 | Posted by: Joyle Moyer - Albuquerque, NM

“When I attended my first SCBWI-NM annual conference, Madge was one of the established writers that welcomed me with her warm smile as well as her...Read More »
12 of 40 | Posted by: Katie Beatty - Fruitland, NM

“Madge was among the first people I met in the children's writing community when I moved to New Mexico in 1997. She was welcoming, generous, and kind....Read More »
13 of 40 | Posted by: Uma Krishnaswami - Aztec, NM

“The first December I attended New Life Church I discovered really good writing in their annual Advent Book--by Madge Harrah. I asked, Who is this...Read More »
14 of 40 | Posted by: Sam Moorman

“I always think of Madge as a teacher, though I never sat in a classroom with her in front of me. I was a student at Eldorado High School when we had...Read More »
15 of 40 | Posted by: David Foster - Burbank, CA

“When I was in 2nd grade in Albuquerque, Madge was one of the judges of a children's writing competition. She selected my book about the adventures...Read More »
16 of 40 | Posted by: Tracy Carlson - St. Louis, MO

“Madge was a thoughtful, loving, creative teacher of many: there was a Madge Harrah week in the Missouri town where she taught creative writing for...Read More »
17 of 40 | Posted by: rodema ashby

“Larry, Eric & Meghan: Our thoughts have been with all of you this week. Your Wife and Mother had touched so many lives of just the...Read More »
18 of 40 | Posted by: Devin Mazuranich - Albuquerque , NM

“Madge, my fiend for 45 years, was like a sister to me. She was my writing mentor, my confidante, and my shoulder to lean on. When I was ill with a...Read More »
19 of 40 | Posted by: Paula Paul - Albuquerque, NM

“Hello--I never met Madge, but read her entries for years in the Daily Guideposts, while I was in Kansas and after moving to the Albuquerque area. I...Read More »
20 of 40 | Posted by: Ellen - Tijeras, NM

“All -- A couple of years ago Madge said something I thought was poetic. It was after a trip to her cabin, which was hard on her. I asked...Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: Kelly D. Williams - Placitas, NM

“God bless you, Madge. your model and encouragement allowed me to become a playwright. you were such an inspiration to all of us kids at Eldorado...Read More »
22 of 40 | Posted by: Charles pike - aztec, NM

“WE LOVED SHARING YOUR WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR, YOUR STORIES, YOUR HELP, AND MOST OF ALL YOUR FRIENDSHIP. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR LOVE AND KINDNESS. ...Read More »
23 of 40 | Posted by: David Gottheimer - Albuquerque, NM

“Many years ago, when I first moved to New Mexico, I met Madge at a SWW meeting. She was very kind and willing to share her writing knowledge with me....Read More »
24 of 40 | Posted by: Lois Cutts Sullivan - NM

“In my early days as a SouthWest Writers member, Madge was a constant presence at the group's bimonthly meetings and an inspiration to me as a...Read More »
25 of 40 | Posted by: David J. Corwell - Albuquerque, NM

“I remember the first time I met Madge. It was in my hometown of La Jara, CO. She and Larry had come wiith Larry's mother and younger brother to...Read More »
26 of 40 | Posted by: Dan and Loretta Decker - CO

“Madge was a mentor and an encouragement in my pursuitto becoming a published author. I will dedicate my first published book to her. My 4 kids are...Read More »
27 of 40 | Posted by: Jaiden Madison Williams - NM

“It was a gift to grow up across the street from this wonderful family. Hugs and warm thoughts to you. Billie ”
28 of 40 | Posted by: Billie Brittain ( Willmon) - NM

“I will remember the Christmas caroling and the hot chocolate and goodies after. WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY ...Read More »
29 of 40 | Posted by: DONA CARTER - ALBUQUERQUE, NM

“Oh, I have so many fond memories about our high school years. Her mother was alway working with a group of us for musical performances; and we had ...Read More »
30 of 40 | Posted by: Glenna Schnelle Ellis - OK

“Larry and family…I was saddened to learn that Madge has left us. She was a beautiful soul with many talent’s that she shared with everyone. ...Read More »
31 of 40 | Posted by: Leila B. Hastings-Owen - AR

“In 1993 Jack and I moved into our old cabin in Platoro. We stayed to ourselves painting, fixing, and cleaning up to make the cabin more comfortable....Read More »
32 of 40 | Posted by: Jack and Ann Cales

“I had a conversation with Madge in Golden City this summer. Madge seemed to be quite pleased that I had taken piano lessons from her mother, and ...Read More »
33 of 40 | Posted by: Howard Gipson - Las Vegas, NV

“Meeting and getting to know Madge has been an honor in my life. She was such an inspiration to all that knew her. She will be remembered in stories...Read More »
34 of 40 | Posted by: Judy Lewis - Pottsboro, TX

“I have such fond memories of Madge speaking of her books and playing her piano at the CAP Christmas party we had at Larry & Madge's. Her passion for...Read More »
35 of 40 | Posted by: Dennis & Carmel Manzanares - Taos, NM

“Madge was not only a dear friend but my sister through Christ Jesus our Lord! To me she was the true embodiment of Jesus here on earth:...Read More »
36 of 40 | Posted by: Cindy Smith - Albuquerque, NM

“We were all very sad to learn that Madge had passed on. She was a great friend to my family and we will miss seeing her during our annual trips to...Read More »
37 of 40 | Posted by: The Haight Family - Albuquerque, NM

“As a Classmate of 1949 Golden City , Mo. High School, I'm so sad and sorry to learn Madge has died. We were happily celebrating our 62 Class Reunion...Read More »
38 of 40 | Posted by: Joan Tierney - Gladstone, MO

“I am very blessed to have had a chance to get to know Madge a little in the last 10 years. I've known Madge to be very generous with her knowledge...Read More »
39 of 40 | Posted by: John Vandermey - Albuquerque, NM

“On behalf of the French Family of Companies, we express our deepest condolences. ”
40 of 40 | Posted by: Jason Wiley - Albuquerque, NM


HARRAH - Madge Harrah, age 80, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2011. Madge was born in Lamar, MO on May 11, 1931 to Lester and Blanche Fisher. Her mother taught art, English and music and her father taught English and math. They were creative people who encouraged Madge in all her endeavors. When Madge first started selling the books she'd written, her mother said, "Don't settle for a flat fee. Hold out for royalties." Madge attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, majoring in art and English education and minoring in music. She graduated in 1953. She married Larry Harrah in 1952, with whom she had gone to high school. He eventually earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry and did scientific research for the U.S. Air Force in Ohio and at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. Madge studied playwriting with Rod Serling ("Twilight Zone"). She had plays published and produced, won two international playwriting contests, published 12 books and over 400 articles, stories and short pieces in regional and national publications, some of which were anthologized. She exhibited paintings in juried shows, illustrated books, composed music, and taught writing classes to people of all ages for over 30 years. In April of 2009, she was presented a Lifetime of Achievement Award by the College of Education, University of Missouri, for "Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service." She is survived by her husband, Larry; their two children, Eric and Meghan; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bill. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, December 1, 2011, 11:00 a.m., at New Life Presbyterian Church, 5540 Eubank Blvd. NE.

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