Madelyn Jean (Johnson) Pruyn passed away on April 25, 2021 at the age of 74 at Sharp Villa Coronado.
She was born on May 7, 1946 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Chester “Chet” and Mary Johnson. Raised in South Minneapolis she attended South High, graduating in 1964. Madelyn married John Pruyn on Aug. 25, 1967 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Minneapolis. She was employed at Sears, Roebuck & Co. and then at The Minneapolis Star & Tribune. After moving to Coronado, she held several positions in bookkeeping and customer service.
A longtime resident of Coronado, Madelyn is survived by her daughter, Laura (Gareth Miller) Pruyn, and son Sean (Michele) Pruyn; her ex-husband, John Pruyn of 24 years; and best friend, Laurie Worthington, who was instrumental in helping Maddy’s family care for her as her health declined. Madelyn leaves behind four loving siblings: Mary Lou (Mark) Anderson of Bloomington, Minnesota, Kathleen Johnson of Bloomington, Joan “Joanie” (Bob) Dorich of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Robert “Bob” (Kathy) Johnson of New Hope, Minnesota.
She adored her nine nieces and nephews. There are many aunts, uncles and cousins with whom Madelyn shared a close bond growing up, too numerous to name. She often told stories about growing up surrounded by her large, extended family and the wonderful life she had and tight knit bonds they developed, which were unbreakable in her eyes. Madelyn also had many close friends over the years, some of whom she had lost touch with, but who were never forgotten.
Maddy loved cooking, gardening, music, and animals. She was a warmhearted and loving person who drew people to her. She was a devoted wife and mother who gave her time to volunteer in schools and the Coronado Little League, organizing team photos and award banquets. She and her husband, John, worked on the Tidelands (TOZ Initiative) to prevent overdevelopment of the tidelands in Coronado. She was tireless in her efforts to obtain the necessary number of signatures on petitions.
Madelyn was smart, witty and full of life; she enjoyed learning new things and took classes in art, anthropology and Spanish, all of which she excelled in. She loved the French language and her dream was to see Paris. In 1993, that wish was fulfilled when her dear friend Susan Skinner invited her to join her on a whirlwind trip to the City of Lights. She saved every memento from that journey; and for her, it was truly the trip of a lifetime. Another very close friend, Judy Lynt, treated her to a trip to Hawaii when she visited her family. We are so grateful for their generosity.
We’ll never forget how much Madelyn gave to everyone in her life, how deeply she loved, and how bravely she fought. She will always be much loved and we can’t wait to see her again. Madelyn adored her Dad, Chet - he was the light of her life and we know that he was there to welcome her with open arms in Heaven. We can see them dancing now…