Madelyn Toadvine Reed Stern

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Madelyn Toadvine Reed Stern, 90, died on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the Methodist Country House in Wilmington.  Born in Salisbury on March 16, 1927, she was the daughter of the late William Mayhew Toadvine and Anna Mae Jones Toadvine.


Madelyn graduated from Wicomico High School in 1944.  Following graduation she took classes in flower arranging and finance and later became a floral designer, she held this career her entire working life.  She volunteered at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in various capacities and was a Sunday School teacher.


Madelyn took part in creating the first U.S. Women’s Squash Rackets Assn and served as President from 1967-69. She was an avid squash and tennis player. She competed in tournaments at Germantown & Merion Cricket Clubs and regionals in the Northeast. She was invited to compete in the Elbow Beach Club invitational tennis tournaments in Bermuda. She was also interested in genealogy and traced her ancestors back to Guernsey Island and became a Daughter of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) in the Jeptha Abbott chapter.


In addition to her parents, Madelyn is preceded in death by her husband, Ellis E. Stern, Jr who died in 2016; the father of her children, Wesley S. Reed; seven siblings, Norman Toadvine, Cora Toadvine Wainford, Russell Toadvine, Eloise Toadvine Ennis, William “Bill” Toadvine, Theodore Toadvine and Doris Toadvine Fletcher.


Mrs. Stern is survived by her sole surviving sibling, Mildred Toadvine Ennis of Salisbury; three children, Wesley Reed, Jr. & Elizabeth Reed of Frankford, DE, Harvey Reed & Samean Reed of Kihei, Hawaii and Dr. Lynda Reed & Dr. Dougal MacKinnon of Richmond, CA; two step-daughters, Alison Stern Wood & Lee Bergan of West Chester, PA and Cinde Stern Tilley & Doug Tilley of Lewisberry, PA; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, on  January 6, 2018 at Holloway Funeral Home, Salisbury.  Burial will be in Parsons Cemetery. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10022.


Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A. 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804.  To send condolences to the family, please visit