ForeverMissed
Claudia Catherine Cooper Madigan 1940-2021

Claudia Madigan had the rare power to find goodness in the darkest of places. Her ability to forgive was unsurpassed. She eschewed conflict and instead focused on mending relationships wherever possible. Her eventual failing heart had worked overtime her whole entire life to ensure that those around her were happier and closer to one another. Claudia passed away peacefully in her Mount Vernon home on the Potomac River with her family at her side, as she wished.

Born in 1940, Claudia grew up in a modest log cabin in Annandale, VA with her parents, Claude and Elizabeth Cooper, her 2 sisters, Susan and Sally and a horse named Miss Teeny. Her father served as a naval physician on the USS Yorktown and safely returned home to be the Fairfax County Medical Examiner.

Claudia attended St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Annandale High School, American University, George Washington University and the Corcoran School of Art. She worked as an illustrator for an architectural firm before forging her own career as a painter, exhibiting her oil and watercolor works at art shows. In 1962, Claudia married her GWU sweetheart, Bobby Madigan. They remained married for life and had 3 children for whom she served as a school volunteer teaching art and supporting their athletics.

As a regional history enthusiast, Claudia was a lifetime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and established the Fairfax chapter with the help of her grandmother, Catherine. In addition, she worked many years with the National Trust for Historic Preservation at Woodlawn Plantation where several of her children were also married.

Like her mother Elizabeth, Claudia eventually grew to enjoy plants and gardening most of all and participated in the Riverwood Garden Club, Mansion House Garden Club and Yacht Haven Garden Club. Later, she studied Ikebana and won numerous awards for her adept Japanese flower designs. Hers was a life truly well lived.

She leaves behind her husband, Bobby, her sister, Sally, her 3 children Mark, Chris and Jenny, 8 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and her beloved pets.

Claudia often said to her friends and family that if heaven was a place where her pets were not allowed, then she was not interested in going. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ASPCA on her behalf. https://secure.aspca.org/donate/ps-memory-sl-p1?ms...

A Celebration of life for Claudia will be held on May 23rd from 11AM-1PM at the “Madigan’s Waterfront” restaurant located at 201 Mill St Occoquan Historic District, VA 22125.
Posted by Cathy Bright on May 10, 2021
Good Morning and Happy Mother's Day to our sweet Jenny. On this special day, Frank and I want you to know that we feel very blessed to have known your mother. What a wonderful, talented, loving, smart and spunky lady! She will be missed so very much. You know, from the first time I met your mom, at your wedding festivities, she made me feel like I had known her my entire life. Then we went on to get togethers here in FL. I was totally impressed with her cross country drive with you and the kids....an amazing mother and grandmother. We love you and you and your entire family are in our prayers.
Posted by Brian Bright on May 8, 2021
A truly generous and sweet lady that I was thankful to call my Mother-in Law. I loved Claudia’s sense of humor, and omnipresent ability to assess and be in tune with me in many situations. She had a wit, for sure! I spent many nights during her visits, drinking wine into the wee hours talking about whatever was in the news or on the television. Great memories! Claudia had many talents, she was a talented artist, loved the garden, and was a genuinely nice person. Claudia was a beautiful soul who I will forever miss. Please hug Zeus for me.
Posted by Alexa Sheehan on May 6, 2021
Such a part of my teen years, Mrs. Madigan was a generous and ever-loving woman whose love for her animals, her art, and her children were unmatched. We would laugh with her until we couldn’t breathe, enjoy the dogs being goofballs, and fascinate her with our 80’s fashion. You will be missed, dear Claudia. Give my love to Nickelpoopy and Bear. Xo
Posted by Beverly Calvert on May 6, 2021
Claudia was one of the sweetest people God put on this earth with a sense of humor that was dry and exceptionally witty. She had many talents which she let people discover for themselves, not being a person who "tooted her own horn." In fact, I learned many things about Claudia in the story told by Jennifer for this tribute. I feel lucky to have had a long lasting friendship of 48 years with Claudia, having met as newcomers to the Riverwood subdivision where we both lived and raised our children. We experienced many happy times and adventures which I hope she enjoyed as much as I did.  Her strongest warning when we went to the beach was not to get sand in your inbetweens!! A fun and funny girl she was!

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Posted by Cathy Bright on May 10, 2021
Good Morning and Happy Mother's Day to our sweet Jenny. On this special day, Frank and I want you to know that we feel very blessed to have known your mother. What a wonderful, talented, loving, smart and spunky lady! She will be missed so very much. You know, from the first time I met your mom, at your wedding festivities, she made me feel like I had known her my entire life. Then we went on to get togethers here in FL. I was totally impressed with her cross country drive with you and the kids....an amazing mother and grandmother. We love you and you and your entire family are in our prayers.
Posted by Brian Bright on May 8, 2021
A truly generous and sweet lady that I was thankful to call my Mother-in Law. I loved Claudia’s sense of humor, and omnipresent ability to assess and be in tune with me in many situations. She had a wit, for sure! I spent many nights during her visits, drinking wine into the wee hours talking about whatever was in the news or on the television. Great memories! Claudia had many talents, she was a talented artist, loved the garden, and was a genuinely nice person. Claudia was a beautiful soul who I will forever miss. Please hug Zeus for me.
Posted by Alexa Sheehan on May 6, 2021
Such a part of my teen years, Mrs. Madigan was a generous and ever-loving woman whose love for her animals, her art, and her children were unmatched. We would laugh with her until we couldn’t breathe, enjoy the dogs being goofballs, and fascinate her with our 80’s fashion. You will be missed, dear Claudia. Give my love to Nickelpoopy and Bear. Xo
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