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Madge Dawn Hanson

December 7, 1951 — March 19, 2024

Boston, MA


Madge was born in Hibernia, Manchester, Jamaica the eighth of fifteen siblings from the union of Beatrice and Ezekiel Letts. Madge gave birth to one son, Wayne,  one daughter, Karen, and also adopted two other children (Norval and Donna). She stepped into the mother role for many different individuals given her nurturing personality. 

Growing up, Madge had the responsibility of taking care of her younger siblings which made them love her like a second mother. She attended Bethany School in the parish before transferring to Devon School. 

Madge left her parents with her brother Ronald to live in Kingston. She worked as a cashier at a gas station mastering her skills in customer service and with her strong work ethic this led to her having a career working at Cyfuentes a cigar manufacturing company. This is where she met the love of her life, Calvin Hanson, who was a supervisor at the company. 

Navigating through life in Jamaica during a turbulent time in the 70s, Madge was respected by everyone, she always had an infectious smile, being polite and often providing gifts in the form of cigar leaves to the “badboys” she passed daily on her way to work. They believed she was a teacher because of her impeccable dressing.

Madge immigrated to the United States in the mid 1980s. She lived in Framingham, before moving to Boston and worked as a bus monitor as well as a nurse's aide. She began her journey as an early educator by taking care of family children. Once her husband Calvin immigrated, the two lovers worked as a team and eventually achieved a long career in the business of child care. Madge took her love for children and built a licensed child care business. She is accredited by the state of MA, recognized with certificates from the Boston Health Commision and the Department of Early Childhood Education.

Madge was a woman of faith and attended House of Deliverance Church of God and was a devoted member of the usher team and senior choir department. 

Auntie Madge, affectionately known by many, is survived by her husband Calvin, son Wayne, daughter Karen and step children Norval, Donna and, Danovan, also including Aleena. Her siblings Ronald, Thelma, Joseph, Irvin, Pearl, Gloria, grandchildren Kameron and Brandon. Many nieces, nephews, adopted children, and their children, "her grandkid" and students from her many years in childcare as an early educator. 


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