Funeral Service


Date: Friday 11th December 2020

Service Details:
Due to current restrictions Requiem Mass will be celebrated by Fr Ian Farrell during a private family funeral at St Mary's RC Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Madge will then be laid to rest with her husband Ted at Dill Hall Cemetery.

Margaret Mary Sanderson ‘Madge’

Of your charity please pray for the repose of the soul of Madge who passed away peacefully at her home on 2nd December 2020 Fortified by the Rites of Holy Mother Church aged 99 years. The devoted wife of the late Ted, loving and loved mum of John, Paul and Christine, dear mother-in-law of Lynn and John, cherished grandma of Mark, Karen, Calum, Aidan and Glen and great-grandma of Kian and Jessica and also a dearly loved and respected relative and friend to many.

Rest In Peace

Born in Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan, Ireland, Madge moved to England in 1942 aged 22 years to train as a much needed nurse during wartime Britain. In 1949 she married Ted, and their family of 3 children soon followed.  Her working life was spent as a nurse at Calderstones and Brockhall Hospitals until her retirement aged 64 years. Madge was passionate about her work and devoted her whole life to helping others. She championed the rights of the mentally disabled and was always generous and giving of her time and energies. A devout Catholic, she worked tirelessly for Church causes and was an active member of the Legion of Mary for many years. Holidays for Madge were often spent in her beloved Ireland visiting her family and friends. She was highly respected and loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

Family flowers only please, donations can be made in memory of Madge on behalf of MacMillan Cancer Support. To make a donation please click the ‘Make a Donation’ at the bottom of this page.



John, Paul, Christine and families would like to express their sincere heartfelt gratitude to all relatives, friends and neighbours for thier kind expressions of sympathy, cards of condolence and mass offerings at this sad time. Special thank you for all the donations received in Madge’s memory, to Fr Ian Farrell for his ministrations and to Champ Funeral Services for their dignified arrangements.


Please feel free to leave a message for Madge’s online memorial book by completing the form below.

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MESSAGES for the family of Margaret Mary Sanderson ‘Madge’


Robert and Diane Gilbraith

Accept our condolences on the passing of your mum, grandma and great grandma.



So sorry for your loss of your dear mother Madge. She was one very special lady and I will miss her at St Marys. R.I.P. Madge.


Mel Waddington (nee Leaver)

So sorry to hear of your sad loss. Madge was a big part of my life growing up and my children also have fond memories of her. She was always happy and had kind words to say, a true Christian in all her ways and values and most definitely a loving family person. Good night God bless Madge, RIP x


Mary Lotty

Mary Lotty here from Ireland we have great memories of Madge and Ted here in Castletownbere with her great friend Winnie. Our deepest condolences Madge was a pure lady, Mary Brendan Andréa


Norbert and Kathleen O’Reilly

We wish our sincere sympathies and condolences to John, Lynn and family, Christine, John and family and Paul on the death of Auntie Madge. We have wonderful memories of Madge, Ted and family holidaying with us and with Bridie and Pat Joe in Cavan and Dublin. Madge is sadly missed by us and our extended family. May Auntie Madge rest in peace.


Julia Bleasdale

Aunty Madge will be sorely missed she was a very special lady, she will always hold a special place in my heart. Sending my love to John, Christine and Paul and families you are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time xx


Terry and Phil Smith

John and Lynn, Christine and John and Paul. We all miss Madge greatly but just how much greater is your loss, now that Madge has gone to join Ted to celebrate on the other side of the great divide, where Ted has no longer the job of packing away the many cases Madge brought on their annual holidays! Grieving you all have to do, but hopefully before long the happy happy memories will help you all to leave down the grief baggage.


Pat Taylor

Very sorry that your mum is no longer with us


Elizabeth and Peter Cheesbrough

The death of Madge is the end of an era at St Mary’s. She was involved in everything – both spiritual and social and will be sadly missed by everyone. Our condolences to all the family.


Ian & Susan Bolton

Madge was a good friend of my mother Dorothy who sadly passed in May this year. We visited Madge to break the news and she was in wonderful form full of spirit and it is sad to lose great stalwarts of St Mary’s.


Veronica Hargreaves

Mrs Sanderson treated me like one of her own and always made me welcome when I stayed with Christine. A good woman who will be much missed.