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Madelyn R. Avila

March 10, 1927 ~ February 9, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old

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Madelyn R. Avila, 96, of Exton, PA, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2024 at her residence.

Born in Fall River, MA, of Portuguese immigrants, Madelyn was the daughter of the late Antone and Virginia (Rego) Rebello. She was the wife of Rev. Dr. Manuel C. Avila, Jr., who passed away in 2012.

Madelyn was an exemplary pastor’s wife, both at Brandywine Baptist Church and Springfield Baptist Church. She supported her husband in all aspects of church ministry including music, missions, education and hospitality. She sang in the church choir as well as a ladies’ trio. She accompanied her husband on numerous mission trips. She taught Sunday School and was active in many women’s ministries. Madelyn touched the lives of many people through her gracious hospitality, from inviting guests for Sunday dinners and evening desserts to hosting her Christmas Eve open house and welcoming missionaries and international students into her home. “Her children rise up and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28

Madelyn is survived by her children: Dr. Reuben Avila (Leslie) of Germantown, TN, Deborah Avila of Exton, PA, Betti Sharpe (John) of Simpsonville, SC, and Evelyn Schulties (Gary) of Chester, MD; nine grandchildren; and nineteen great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Madelyn was preceded in death by her son, Paul Avila, and her brother, Manuel Rebello.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 15 from 9:45 am to 10:45 am at James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. A funeral service will be held at 11 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Brandywine Baptist Church Cemetery, Chadds Ford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Madelyn’s name may be made to South Woods Baptist Church, 3175 South Germantown Rd., Memphis, TN 38119.


Services

Visitation
Thursday
February 15, 2024

9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
James J. Terry Funeral Home - Downingtown
736 East Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335

Funeral Service
Thursday
February 15, 2024

11:00 AM
James J. Terry Funeral Home - Downingtown
736 East Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335

Interment following funeral service
Thursday
February 15, 2024

Brandywine Baptist Church Cemetery
1463 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317

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