Community mourns loss of ‘adored’ young woman
The Townsville community and Flinders St nightlife family are remembering the life of a "bubbly" young woman who "tried to make the world a better place" after her tragic passing.
Madison Ford had a long and chronic health battle until her tragic death last week.
The 26-year-old worked at numerous bars in the city and was most recently a duty manager at the Seaview Hotel.
James William was a close friend of Madison and said her loss was immeasurable.
"She was a strong, independent and funny person with her own witty sense of humour," Mr William said.
"She never really followed society's norms.
"She was battling a chronic health condition for some time. While battling her health condition she still managed to stay happy and put other people before herself and brought happiness and joy to those around her.
"She never let it stop her, she still did everything she wanted to."
Family and friends farewelled the 26-year-old at her funeral this morning, with hundreds in attendance for an emotional service.
Many venues on Flinders St also turned green last Friday night for Miss Ford.
Mr William revealed the touching reason why the colour green was chosen.
"My twin boys, Jordan and Alexander, have cerebral palsy and she was their godmother," he said.
"So it's a cause very close to her heart and very close to ours.
"She was absolutely adored by my two little boys. Anything they needed she was there at the drop of a hat.
"I was absolutely gobsmacked by the support. I worked in town for many years and to be able to see the backing you get from your closest friends and complete strangers was incredible.
"For everyone to come together like they did was amazing for myself and her family."
Miss Ford was born in Moranbah and moved to Townsville when she was one.
She attended Wulguru State School and William Ross State High School and was a loved daughter, grandaughter, sister, auntie and niece.
She owned two cats she loved dearly, Barry and Henry.
"She'll be remembered very vividly and very strongly, everyone will continue to pass on her memory and what she stood for," Mr William said.
"The love and support she provided my children and the people around her is unforgettable, she tried to make this world a better place."
The Seaview Hotel also paid tribute to their loved staff member on Facebook.
"With the heaviest of hearts, today we laid one of our Seaview family to rest," the post said.
"Madi was a bright, bubbly young lady that passed away peacefully last week at the young age of 26.
"She was loved by her family and friends and had managed to make an impact on all that knew her. May you now rest in peace."
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