Madelyn Hoatson Crowe

Madelyn Hoatson Crowe, 74, died in her sleep May 10, 2020, at her home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., after a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis and related health conditions.

Madé, as she was known to her friends, was born in Hinsdale in 1945. A career in nursing, and many years of volunteer and charity work reflected Madé’s love of helping others. She found peace in the mountains of Vermont and California and the beaches of Florida. Madé loved listening to music, especially the Grateful Dead. Her culinary skill, creativity and sharp wit impressed friends and family, who will remember her fondly. She enjoyed spending time with her beloved cat, Taki.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Ramsey Hoatson Jr.

Madé is survived by her sons, Ramsey William (Megan Black) Crowe and Elliott Robert (partner Rebecca Thomas) Crowe; her grandson, Samuel Elliott Crowe; her mother, Joan Roehler Hoatson; her sisters, Katherine Hoatson Gullaksen and Cornelia Hoatson Mihelich; her ex-husband, Bill Crowe; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial and celebration of her life will be scheduled once social distancing and pandemic safety are no longer a concern. Memorials may be made online to the Arthritis Foundation at or a local food pantry.

St. Johns Family Funeral Home in St. Augustine, Fla., handled the arrangements.