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Nedra Lynn Durden Maddox was born August 5, 1927 in San Angelo, Texas, to J.M.  and Jurel Durden.  She grew up in a humble, happy Christian home, graduated from San Angelo High School in 1944, and then attended the University of Texas at Austin for the next two years, studying art.  She married Robert W. Maddox, pharmacist, and moved to Midland in 1947.  Robert helped found, and managed Midland Walgreen Drug Store until 1968.  Then Nedra and Robert moved the family to Fort Worth, where she lived until 1978.  In 1978, Nedra and family moved to their farm in Stephenville, Texas, where she had many happy years with her husband Bob.  She helped faithfully take care of her mother while there.  Each of Nedra's children and their families remember many happy visits to that farm over the years, full of hunting, fishing, gardening, exploring, and refuge from the trials of life.
Nedra and Bob moved to Cleburne, Texas in 1999.  Nedra and Bob attended Friendship Baptist Church in Cleburne.  Bob succumbed to dementia and passed away  in 2002.  Nedra continued to enjoy visits from children and grandchildren through the years.  Nedra gradually succumbed to dementia the last few years, and lived in assisted living at Santa Fe in Cleburne for some time, and then Autumn Leaves Memory Care in Denton most recently.  The family is grateful for the compassionate care she received at both centers.  
She is survived by her brothers Charles Durden of Houston and James Durden of College Station, daughter Kelly Yost of Argyle, and three sons, Bobby Maddox, of San Antonio, Terry Maddox of Midland, and Barney Maddox of Cleburne, seven grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
We were so wonderfully blessed to have Nedra Maddox as our mother!  She was a stay-at-home mom, and she did that in order to take care of her husband, Bob, and her four children.  She was always there for us, and always had a solution for our little problems when we were little, and often for our bigger problems as we got bigger.  A stay-at-home mom has a big job, and is a blessing for any child.  
She took pains to bring us to the First Baptist Church every Sunday in Midland.  When it snowed in Midland, we were delighted as kids.  We ran out to play in the snow, then after we got cold and hungry, we would tromp in with wet coats and muddy shoes.  I was puzzled at the brief look of horror on her face at how fast we could mess up her clean house.  But soon she was laughing with us, as she fixed us snacks and took care of us.  Mother loved to cook and bake, and excelled at that, often trying new recipes.  She worked tirelessly on our behalf, as did our father.
Mother grew up in church, but didn't meet God until about age 25.  Life was becoming burdensome and dreary.  With 2 children and one on the way, she faced more obligations, and had less fun.  When the crisis shook her, and temptations to run away beckoned, she got on her knees and prayed to Jesus Christ.  He met her in a beautiful, powerful way, forgiving her sins and giving her new life.  She determined, with her Savior, to stick with her family and do the right thing.  "There is therefore now no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus....."  Romans 8:1.  Nedra would want every one reading this to know that everyone has an appointment with God, and that Jesus is the "Way, the Truth, and the Life" John 14:6.
Mother stuck with us through the snotty noses, dirty dishes, occasional upset stomachs, dirty clothes, and unmade beds.  She stuck with her family faithfully later, through the irrational, stupid, self-centered teenage rebellions, enduring insults, slights, and disobedience with grace, hope and prayer.
Later in life, her humble obedience to the Lord paid bigger and bigger dividends, as the blessings from righteous living accumulated in her life, like garlands, laurels and medals awarded to the winners of long distance races.  She passed into the presence of God August 18, 2016.  Now she no longer lives by faith and hope.  She has seen the glory of the Creator of the universe face to face, and lives by sight and immeasurable joy.
We thank God that Nedra Maddox was our faithful mother and grandmother. 
There will be a graveside service at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, Texas, on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
Online condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com.
Published on August 19, 2016
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