Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cancer takes away MaDee Boxler, 22

MaDee (pronounced "Madie") had Hodgkins and fought a valiant battle. Her friends in the SWAC area wore arm bracelets to raise money for her ... Barrenridge Winery had a fundraiser last fall for her benefit. She just graduated from college in December. But her young body played out and she lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday. Our prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

FISHERSVILLE — MaDee Nicole Boxler, 22, of 544 St. James Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, in the University of North Carolina Cancer Hospital, Chapel Hill. She was born Oct. 24, 1987, in Augusta County, a daughter of Thomas R. Boxler Jr. of Waynesboro and Tamara R. Talley of Staunton.

Miss Boxler graduated Dec. 17, 2009, from Roanoke College with a double major in criminal justice and psychology. She was a 2006 graduate of Fort Defiance High School.

She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, and she attended Community Fellowship of the Nazarene Church.

In addition to her parents, family members include a sister and brother-in-law, Abby and Jeff Arey of Staunton; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Boxler Sr.; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Talley of Staunton; maternal great-grandmother, Eva Furr; uncles and aunts, Arthur and Susan Shaheen of Blacksburg, Tim and Renee Talley of Staunton, Charles and Sara Boxler of Vinton, William Boxler of Waynesboro and Janice Pence of Culpeper; and cousins, Brittany, Jason and Jeremy Boxler, Kate and Josh Painter, Charlee Pence, Kylie, Abigail and Lilly Shaheen and Jessica, Luke and Becky Talley; a number of great-aunts and uncles; and her special canine companion, "Mo-Man."

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, in the Community Fellowship of the Nazarene Church in Waynesboro by Pastor Jeff Griffith. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at the church. There will be no public viewing.

Memorials may be made to Roanoke College, MaDee Boxler Cancer Assistance Fund, 221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153. Henry Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be made to the family.

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