Madeline Margaret Roth (nee Bender) passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Sunday July 31, 2016 at the age of ninety eight. Madeline was the daughter of Veronica and Allan Bender of Wellesley Ontario. She was predeceased by her husband Alvin Roth, daughter Elva Mae, brother Vernon and sister Jean Bender.
After marrying in 1939, she and Alvin farmed in Wellesley for nine years. When a small group of like-minded couples decided to move out of the established Mennonite community to start farming in a new area, Madeline was instrumental in finding the available land in the Nairn area near London. Within two years of relocating, the members of that new community decided to start a mission in London and Madeline and Alvin were the couple willing to go. As a result Madeline, who was the mother of three small children, also became the housekeeper and cook for the Goodwill Rescue Mission (later Mission Services of London) during which time she cooked two meals every day for dozens of men for five years.
Eventually the family moved to a house separate from the Mission. There she was able to look after her growing family and indulge in her love of creativity in many forms. In particular she loved gardening. Her garden was well known to friends and neighbours and she regularly sold what she grew in plant sales to raise money for charitable projects. In addition she contributed her time to the Women’s Auxiliary and the Clothing Centre, both services of the expanding Mission Services of London.
“Tens of thousands of Londoners have been touched over the years by the work started by Madeline, which continues to this day. She fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked and took care of the sick. We honour her legacy by continuing her ministry. ”
Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director, Mission Services of London