Madge Murphey Clark Eicher, 87, of Warrenton, died February 13, 2021, at Poet’s Walk in Warrenton.
Madge Murphey Clark Eicher was born in the family home at Fauquier Springs near Warrenton on August 1, 1933. She was the second of three children born to the late Randolph Clay Murphey Jr. and Madge Hardwick Murphey.
She graduated from Warrenton High School and attended Longwood College. When she came home, she married James “Jim” Spalding Clark and joined the family business that Jim and his brother, John, started, Clark Brothers Gun Shop. Jim was involved in a serious accident at the gun shop in 1970 and it took his life.
Madge married her second husband, L.H. Eicher, in 1975. They developed land and farmed.
Madge was an active member of the Republican Party. Always a staunch and fearless supporter of freedom and our Constitution, she dedicated her life to fighting for liberty and limited government.
She was an active member of Heritage Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed weekly Bible study, fellowship with her church family and service to the community.
Her favorite hobbies were cooking, gardening and sewing. She always had a thriving vegetable garden in the summer and canned vegetables throughout the summer and into the fall. She was an enthusiastic point-to-point horse race observer. She enjoyed seeing all of her friends and participating in the “tailgate” competitions.
Her greatest loves were family and friends. She always had an open-door policy at her home and there were many impromptu drop-ins to discuss politics, life, farming, the weather, family or whatever you wanted to talk about. She will always be known for her home-cooked food on the woodstove. “Come on in, grab a plate, a beer and sit by the fire and catch up!” Her open house and welcoming nature will be missed by many.
Madge was preceded in death by her first husband Jim Clark; her second husband, L. H. Eicher, and a brother, Randolph “Pat” Clay Murphey III.
She is survived by her son, Steve Clark (Allison); her daughter, Susie Clark Dorman (Tom); five stepchildren, Helen Ilsley (Richard), Diane Elliott (Ron), Susan Eicher (Larry), Hayden Eicher (Laurie) and Paula Coffman; 12 grandchildren, James Dorman (Liana), Hunter Dorman Hamblen (Andy), Fisher Clark (Danielle), Sylvia Gilbert (Pat), Jamie Wright (Wayne), Brooke Settle (Daniel), Houston Eicher, Alexis Schmidt, Samantha Schmidt, Robert Ilsley, Christopher Ilsley and Tara Ilsley; a brother, John Murphey; a sister-in-law, Donna Murphey; a nephew, Randy Murphey (Jimmie), and her nieces, Ginger Carver (Chip), Carol Garner (James), Shawn Chase (Brad) and Kim Clark Hitt (Eddie).
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 8, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. Pastor Brian Sandifer will conduct the service at 11 a.m. Tuesday March 9, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Warrenton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Presbyterian Church, 7850 Millfield Drive, Warrenton, Va. 20187 or to Gun Owners of America, 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, Va. 22151.
Condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com