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Madge Boone Vandiver, of Crab Orchard, Ky., passed away peacefully on April 14 at the Willows at Harrodsburg in Harrodsburg, Ky.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. Richard Hedgepeth officiating, followed by interment at the church cemetery. Visitation with the family will occur at the church starting at noon.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 23, at 5 p.m. at Spurlin Funeral Home in Stanford, Ky., with the Rev. Ralph Smith of St. James AME Church of Danville, Ky., officiating. 

Madge was born in the Fishing Creek community of Warren County on Jan. 12, 1924, to the late Rethana Richardson Boone and Elias Boone. 

She married James T. Vandiver on May 15, 1946, in Newport News, Va.; they were married for 72 years. From this union came four children that Madge dedicated her life to rearing: Zenolia E. Miller of Louisville, Ky., Ronald L. Vandiver of Pflugerville, Texas, Dr. Beverly Vandiver of Portage, Mich., and Perline Williams of Knightdale.

She is also survived by a sister, Ethel Washington of Hampton, Va., four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, as well as a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.  

In addition to her parents, Madge is preceded in death by her brothers Luther Boone and Leonard Boone; and sisters Hodges Dale, Winnie Richardson, Francis Davis, Colona Richardson, Arlene Berry, and Ida Silver.

Madge gave her life to Christ at a young age and was a lifetime member and an ardent supporter of Pine Chapel Baptist Church, of Hollister. She toiled with her husband to integrate the Lincoln County, Ky., school system in 1960s.  

She worked as a health provider at Ephraim McDowell Ft. Logan Hospital, in Stanford, Ky., for 39 years and dedicated her life to helping others. She enjoyed growing flowers, especially the fern in her living room, and collecting china.  

For many years, she was a devoted usher at First Baptist Church of Crab Orchard, Ky., on Cedar Street.  

Spurlin Funeral Home of Stanford, Ky., and Richardson Funeral Home of Louisburg are handling service arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, 101 Sander-Brown Building, 800 S. Limestone St., Lexington, KY 40536-0230 or Ephraim McDowell Foundation, 217 S. Third St., Danville, KY 40422 in the name of Madge Boone Vandiver.