Madylon Carol (Gregg) Anker

Madylon Carol (Gregg) Anker

May 19, 1938-June 12, 2023

Madylon Carol (Gregg) Anker was born on May 19, 1938 in a farmhouse near Oakland, Iowa. She graduated from Oakland High School where she was a talented student and basketball player.  She started college, but put her educational plans on hold to move to Florida and marry her one true love, Larry, who was serving in the Navy.

After her daughters were grown, Madylon went to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and earned her degree in Education. She then spent several years as a popular art teacher at Gross High School in Omaha. Madylon was also a softball, volleyball and baseball umpire.

Madylon was extremely creative and had many hobbies throughout her life. She was a talented photographer and had a life-long love for gardening. She had “green thumbs” and she always had beautiful flowers and plants in and around her home.  She also patented a volleyball device for referees to keep track of substitutions and rotations.

Madylon quickly became a friend to nearly everyone who met her. She was thoughtful, giving, caring and encouraging. People loved spending time with her. One of her most endearing qualities was her sense of humor, which was always on display.

She remained very active into her 70’s, when her health began to inhibit her mobility, but never inhibited her spirit.

Madylon passed away at Prestige Care Center in Plattsmouth, NE on June 12, 2023.  Contributing to her passing was the death of her daughter Bonnie in September 2022 and suffering a broken hip in November.

She had previously been a resident at Heritage Ridge in Bellevue, NE since 2010 where she had made several good friends. She enjoyed bingo, and all the other activities at the facility.  She sewed many baby bib overalls for other residents to put on their walkers as a handy way to carry needed items.

Madylon was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth & Frances Gregg; beloved husband, Larry; loving daughter, Bonnie. She is survived by her sisters, Phyllis Smith and Gilberta Racek, siblings (in-law): Don & Carolyn Anker and Jim & Loni Anker. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Madylon will be missed by her daughter, Lori; grandsons, John and Gregg.

Family will receive friends Sunday, June 18, 2023, from 5:30-6:30PM at West Center Chapel

Funeral: Monday, June 19, 2023, 1:30PM at West Center Chapel

Interment: Evergreen


  • Robert and Roxanne Kratina Posted June 15, 2023 10:08 am

    Sorry for your loss. Robert taught with Larry at Bellevue West High School.

  • Lynn Retter Posted June 15, 2023 12:59 pm

    Being neighbors and good friends of Madylon’s daughter, Bonnie, we wish to extend our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Madylon. May she rest in peace.

  • Rhonda Berlowitz Posted June 19, 2023 6:38 pm

    We will miss Madylon’s humor, creativity and all the things about her. She was a great friend to our mother Phyllis Gamtz and their group of friends. Condolences to your family.

  • Petti-Jeanne Sheldon Posted August 15, 2023 7:02 pm

    Kel-Ann and I have many memories of our dear first cousin. Madylon.
    Nursing her firstborn in our family kitchen in Bellevue NE. Being a youngster in elementary school I was fascinated. I was also observant of how my many older cousins (Phyllis, Marilyn, Linda and Gilberta) interacted with their Aunt, my mother.
    Later the Anker family had moved close to us in the Washington DC area so we were able to enjoy family visits. Then much later Kel-Ann and I visited with Madylon during visits to Iowa to see our sweet Aunt Maxine.
    I will always remember a photo Grandpa and Grandma GG had of Madylon playing basketball. She was a star!
    Kel-ann, Jim and their adult sons, Richard and John, live a few miles from my home. Their daughter, Jeanne, lives in Frisco TX with her husband, Jeff, and 3 kids: Amalia Grace 15, James Davis 13, John Richard “Jack”, 9.
    Our love to family.
    Miss staying in touch.
    Petti-Jeanne Sheldon
    PO Box 1403
    Forsyth GA 31029

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