Obituary of Madeline McAbee
Madeline Patricia McAbee,77, was born on February 15th 1940, to Janey Elizabeth and John Frasier in Charleston, SC. The family moved north in search of greener pastures, as many others did during that time, and with that they found a new home in Atlantic City, NJ in 1949.
Ten years later, as a graduate of Atlantic City High School, an adventurous spirit led Madeline to migrate even further to the north, when she and her good friend, Willie Mae Ramsey Hines (deceased) moved to New York City, NY. Madeline lived the “big-city” life and worked there as a secretary at Harlem Hospital for a number of years.
In 1963, she met her future husband, and the story goes that he didn’t have a pen when they met and had to memorize her telephone number so that he could call her the following day. Fortunately (for us all) he had a good memory, and they married two years later. As the children came in 1968 and 1971, Madeline had to find a way to be a good mother while also being a good wife. She mastered both very well. As her sons went off to grade school, she found that working at their school gave her an opportunity to be closer to them while working outside of the home. She was an administrative assistant at the Lutheran Parochial School in Jersey City, NJ for many years; long after her sons had graduated and headed for high school and college.
As life progressed, so did a longing to return to Atlantic City. Madeline and Sidney moved back to the area in 2009, where she enjoyed each day with her family, friends and the grandchildren that she loved and cherished so very much. She also found that living here gave her the opportunity to be a part of Union Baptist Temple again, the only church home that she has ever known.
We all loved her, but God loved her best, and she answered his call and departed this life on Friday, January 5th, 2018. She leaves to cherish her memory: Her loving husband of 52+ years, Sidney; two sons, Jeffrey (Patrenia) and Gary (Belinda); six grandchildren, Monique, Jeffrey, Quentin, Marquis, Patrece and Masai; one great grandchild, Layana; one brother, John (Reneida); and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, family members, former co-workers, and friends.
Services to celebrate her life will be Noon, Saturday, January 13, 2018, Union Baptist Temple, 335 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ, where friends may call from 10AM.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.