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Madden retires after 40 years in banking; open house set for Friday

Peggy Madden will bid adieu to Wells Fargo this Friday, April 28, when she retires.

Peggy Madden will bid adieu to Wells Fargo this Friday, April 28, when she retires.

— Peggy Madden of Cottonwood has spent the last 40 years in the banking industry, 34 of those years at Wells Fargo.

Madden grew up on a farm in Keuterville – the middle of nine children — and attended St. Gertrude Academy where she was in the final graduating class before it closed.

She worked at Arnzen Drug, then the Bank of Central Idaho and Idaho First National Bank. She then started at First Security Bank which was later purchased by Wells Fargo.

“I’ve basically been in banking my whole life,” she smiled. “Though I am excited to retire, I am not entirely sure what I will do yet with all my time.”

Peggy and her husband, Pat, were married in 1988. They had dated in high school and then their paths crossed again later in life. Between them, they have six children and 13 grandchildren.

“He works building roads and isn’t ready to retire,” she said. “I have some home projects and also want to do some traveling to see kids, grandkids and other family members.”

Madden said she will “miss terribly” the people whom she has worked with for years.

“They are more like family,” she said.

Of course, she added, she will also miss all her customers from both the Grangeville and Cottonwood branches.

“Although I will miss being here, I am most excited to just enjoy life,” she said.

An open house to honor Madden is set for Grangeville’s Wells Fargo Bank this Friday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is encouraged to stop in the Main Street facility for refreshments and visiting.


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