Glenna Lee Atkinson Madden


TORRINGTON – Glenna Lee Atkinson Madden, 92, died peacefully, Sunday March 26, 2023, at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on May 1, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. at the Rendezvous Center, located at the Goshen County Fairgrounds in Torrington. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that as an expression of your sympathy you please donate to the memorials that have been established at Goshen Ministries in Torrington and the Niobrara Senior Center in Lusk, in Glenda’s name.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends may send their condolences to the family at

Glenna was born July 30, 1930, in New Haven, Wyoming on the Clark family ranch to Paul and Lydia Atkinson. She and her two sisters, Letha and Helen, spent their younger years growing up at the base of the Devils Tower, before moving to Torrington. The three girls were raised by Lyle and Edith Poole, their aunt and uncle. Glenna attended school in Torrington and graduated from Torrington High School in 1948. She then attended the University of Wyoming, earning a bachelor’s degree in education in May of 1951. She married Joe Madden, of Ft. Laramie, on June 30, 1951. Together they had three children: Jody, Shawn and Lex. The couple lived and worked in Lusk, and later divorced. In 1970, Glenna acquired her bachelor’s degree in nursing, and was the Director of Nursing at the Riverton Hospital.  She later became the Director of Nursing at the Women’s Correctional Facility in Lusk. In 2006, Glenna moved back to Torrington. 

First and foremost, Glenna loved her faith, her Bible studies, playing cards, playing the poker machines in Deadwood, golf, putting puzzles together, and playing bingo. She also enjoyed watching sports, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. 

Glenna is survived by her three children, Jody Haythorn (Craig) of Arthur, Nebraska, Shawn Madden of Torrington, and Lex (Jamie) Madden of Torrington; her grandchildren, Shaley (Sha) Griffin of Abiline, Texas, Sage (Kelley) Haythorn, and Cord (Katie) Haythorn, both of Arthur, Nebraska, Cassie (Jeremy) Brandl of Sheridan, Emily Madden of Casper, Tawnee Madden of Delray Beach, Florida, Lexie (Chris) Prosinski of Sheridan, Addie Madden of Torrington, and Avery Madden (Paxton Ehler, fiancé) of Omaha, Nebraska; her great-grandchildren Tel (Jessika) Derner of Abilene, Texas, and Rye Griffin (Mackenzie Russo, partner) of Breckenridge, Colorado and her great-great-grandchildren Bentleigh, River, and Oakley Derner of Abilene, Texas, Steel, Stoli, Haven and Conley Haythorn of Arthur, Nebraska Madden Brandl of Sheridan, and Graycen and Decker Prosinski, also of Sheridan. She is survived by her sister Helen Brummell of Torrington, sister Sissy Atkinson, brothers Tommy Atkinson, Denver Atkinson, Jamie Atkinson all of Poplar, Montana and several nieces and nephews. 

Glenna is preceded in death by her parents; her aunt and uncle, Lyle and Edith Poole; her sister, Letha Bible; her brothers J.D. Atkinson and Bobby Atkinson, and great-great granddaughter Emelia Jo Brandl.