Madolene Stone, a former resident of Amarillo, died Sept. 27, 2012, in Austin, Tex. She was born May 22, 1935, the daughter of Robert and Clara Laine Stone. In the early 1900's her paternal grandparents, Benjamin and Stella Stone had moved from Arkansas to Amarillo, where Benjamin Stone founded a law firm, which was continued by his sons, Robert and Ben, Jr.
Madolene attended Amarillo public schools and was graduated from Amarillo High School in 1953. She attended Sophie Newcomb College, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and of Phi Beta Kappa. She spent her junior year of college at Reading University in Reading, England. Upon graduation from Newcomb College, she received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for graduate study, which she pursued at Bryn Mawr College. After earning an M. A. in philosophy at Bryn Mawr, she taught at Radford College in Virginia.
In the 1970's she was employed at the newly-founded National Humanities Center in North Carolina, in support services for the scholars who had fellowships. She also coordinated discussion among them, which was a major purpose of the Center. Gifted with a broad interest in the humanities and a sympathetic understanding of academic people, she was much appreciated by those she met there. In later years, she was a staff assistant in the office of the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina. Upon retiring from UNC, she returned to Texas and lived for twenty years in Lubbock, before moving to Austin in 2012.
Madolene was an active member and lay reader of Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, N. C. and of St. Paul's of the Plains Church in Lubbock.
She was predeceased by her parents, and is survived by cousins Emily Griffith, Lawrence Griffith, Harriet Stone Evans, Margaret Stone Cotter, Ruth Stone Jones, Jane Lipscomb Stone Walker, and their families.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct 2, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Amarillo. Interment will follow at Llano Cemetery, Amarillo.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.