Madison-Barrett-7.jpegMadison loved making people happy. She had the most infectious smile. She always put other people first before herself.

Madison always wanted to make sure that everyone else was having a good time. She loved to spend time with her family, friends, and animals. Madison loved doing her hair and makeup, and was always perfectly styled. She was a free spirit.

You could either find her hula hooping, drawing, painting, knitting, playing with her dog, or at music festivals.

Madison loved so many people in her life, including those closest to her; her mother and father, Chalis and James Barrett, her sister Kaytlyn Barrett (Robert Ervolina), her maternal grandparents Karen (Loyd) Benson and Laura Martin, paternal grandparents, Mary Lou Smith and Robert Weisedel, her godparents Charlotte Quintana and Adam Wilson (Georgette Wilson), and her aunts and uncles Mary Weisdel, Nicole Kryzanowski, and John Kryzanowski. And of course many more friends and family.

Unfortunately, Madison passed away after a terrible accident on August 1, 2018. To honor her memory, her family went to the site of her accident at the time of the accident on July 30, 2019 and on August 1, 2019 they did a butterfly release in Madison’s memory. Her family has also spoken at many events, assisted with fundraising, and are committed to spreading the word of the impact and importance of organ donation.

“Donation has definitely helped us in our time of grief, as we know she is still living on through others. With the help of Unyts (now ConnectLife) my husband, James Barrett, was able to get me a gift. This gift was a Build-a-Bear with a recording of the recipients’ heart-beat, leading to a viral video which mainstream media picked up helping to spread the importance of organ donation worldwide. Madison's story has touched thousands of lives. Madison's heart is still beating. She has helped this recipient to be able to LIVE. The recipient is able to pick up her grandson, and run around and play with him, and spend quality time with her family. This was a gift from Madison. This is what she would have wanted. She was a selfless person.” - Chalis Barrett

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