Altheria Weir Madry was born on May 19, 1938 to James and Addie Weir in Indianapolis, IN. She was the oldest of eight children. On Wednesday, March 22, at the age of 84, God rolled out His welcome mat and called her to rest in her heavenly home.
Altheria gave her life to Christ at a young age and was baptized at Church of Christ Holiness USA on Edgemont Ave. where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. She later joined Light of the World Christian Church and was an active member for over 38 years until her passing. As a member of LWCC, Altheria served in several capacities; visiting the sick and shut-in as a lay minister, teaching youth Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, new members class, and participating in adult Sunday School. One of her great serving opportunities was lifting her voice in the Voices of Light and Golden Lights. We’re confident if there’s a heavenly choir, her strong alto voice will be ringing out in praise and worship. Even in the nursing home, starting her day on LWCC prayer call was part of her daily routine. Several nurses and care givers commented that she invited them to join her on the call.
She graduated from Crispus Attucks High School and was one of the cheerleaders during the reign of their basketball championships with Oscar Robertson. Altheria utilized her many administrative, secretarial, and entrepreneurial skills in the marketplace. If there was an opportunity, she vigorously pursued it until her stroke on September 2020.
Altheria married the love of her life, Wendell Madry, on June 4, 1994. They enjoyed traveling and watching sports together. He preceded her in death, and for 5+ years after his tragic fall which rendered him a paraplegic, Altheria diligently served as his caregiver at their home until his passing on September 8, 2010.
Many who know her describe her as a person of “passion.” While she had many nicknames; Theria, Bullya, and Auntie Al the Kiddies Pal; her passion to reach the downtrodden – especially children, displayed her true passion for the “least of these.” Our dear family friend, Alveria Johnson (Darryl), was one of the beneficiaries of her outreach to children and ultimately was introduced to Christ through Altheria’s ministry. Jesus admonished His disciples to “let the children come to Him, for of such is the Kingdom of God.” She fully embraced Jesus’s admonition and welcomed children to His Kingdom.
Altheria’s mother and father preceded her in death, as well as two siblings; Aletha Weir Herring and James Weir, and nieces Denise Bell and Kristina Carpenter, and nephew, Donnie Carpenter.
She is survived by sisters; Carole Toler (James), Nerissa Hunt (Charles), and Diana Weir; brothers Walter Weir, and Richard Weir (Angie), and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
We imagine her prayer today would be that someone here at her Celebration of Life who doesn’t know Jesus in the pardoning of their sins would come to know and accept Him. He is the resurrection and the life: the one who believes in Him will live, even though they die (John 11:25).