Madison Janelle Smallwood

December 12, 2006 - June 25, 2019

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Madison Janelle Smallwood, 12, passed away peacefully at home on June 25, 2019 after a four year battle with osteosarcoma cancer. She was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend. She is survived by her mother and brother, Lori and Landon Smallwood, father, Kenneth “Ryan” Smallwood, grandparents (Doug and Connie Hammond, Kenneth and Shelly Smallwood, Billie Elaine Smallwood), many aunts/uncles, cousins, hamster (Brownie) and dog (Fiona).

Madison’s cancer journey began on July 16, 2015. She underwent 30 plus rounds of chemotherapy, 30 plus rounds of radiation, numerous surgeries, and unlimited hospital visits. During this entire time, Madison was the most determined, courageous, strong, and inspiring girl you would ever meet. She always had a smile on her face and was so positive during her cancer battle. In many ways, she was a local celebrity and the princess of her small town Monroe.

Madison loved going to school and doing her best! She loved being around all her teachers, office staff, and friends. She was looking forward to attending 7th grade and moving over to “the other side”. Madison gave life EVERYTHING she had! She will always be remembered for her kindness to others and her positive outlook on life.  Madison was thankful for her close friend’s (Naomi, Bella, Claire, Carissa, Matty and Calla) and their enduring support of her through the years.

Madison will be missed beyond measure, but NEVER FORGOTTEN! She was LOVED by an entire community and will forever live on in our hearts. When you are having a rough day, look up to the sky, Madison will give you a sign to keep going. Our motto was “One day at a time” and “tomorrow is never promised”. So make the most of today with the ones you love!

We would like to thank everyone for your support during this difficult time. We are grateful for the amazing care that was provided to Madison from Cincinnati Children’s (from her oncologist(s), care manager(s), social worker, the nurses, the PCAs, HUCs, therapist, and housekeeping) while she was inpatient. Our hearts are full knowing that during her last few weeks here with us, she received the best care at home from Cincinnati Children’s StarShine program.

A public Celebration of Madison’s life will take place at Princeton Pike Church of God, 6101 Princeton Glendale Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45011, on July 1st 2019. Family and Friends will be received from 3-7 pm. Memorial Service will begin at 7pm. Madison requested for everyone to wear her colors PINK and/or YELLOW or one of her Team Madison shirts. Burial will be a private event for family only at a later date. Please plan on attending a sunset service on July 16, 2019, to remember Madison on her 4 year anniversary (more info to follow).

💛 Every year, over 300,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer.

💛1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before they are 20.

And the worst part...childhood cancer receives LESS THAN 4% of the total funding from the government set aside for cancer research. FOUR PERCENT!!! That is not OK! Without research, we continue to fail these children.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following organizations in Madison’s name for cancer research, a holistic approach to fighting cancer, or helping local families of children diagnosed with cancer in our area:


Warriors of Wellness:

Dragonfly Foundation:

The Goodboy Foundation:


Melissa Leathers - Jul 2, 2019
Lori, Landon and the rest of the family. I am so sorry for the fight that you all and Madison had to fight. But I can say that Lori, you have inspired me with your resilience, positive attitude and how I saw you interact with Madison and Landon. You loved and continue to love them well - wish we all did it as well as you. You loved and served Madison well throughout her whole fight, and you were a warrior for her. She and Landon are so blessed to have you as their mama. And no one shows what "fight like a girl" looks like better than Madison. We are all heartbroken for you, but please know that you and Madison have inspired us all.
April Mosley - Jun 30, 2019
My son Cole played football last year in Monroe and went to school with Madison. She always was so positive considering everything she was dealing with just goes to show us sometimes kids are very resultant. She was a beautiful girl with a pretty smile. I’m so glad she got to do the prom and drive.
teresa current - Jun 29, 2019
heartfelt prayers especially for Ryan, Landon, Lori and Cody.Our hope and peace is in Christ alone.He is faithful...He will never leave us nor forsake us. Hold fast unto The Lord. He is always there. and remember...”Jesus wept.”
Heather Jones - Jun 28, 2019
We have been thinking and praying for you. You are a wonderful Mom. We are so sorry! P.S. Rylie said she hopes Madison is jumping rope in heaven
The Tucker's - Jun 28, 2019
May God bring you peace at this time. Our sincere condolences.
Judy Mann - Jun 28, 2019
I had the opportunity to know Madison when she came to the Monroe Lending Library to work with her tutor, Jan. She was such a sweet young lady and so humble. My heart aches for her family. I will be looking for her in the clouds.
Brenda Rosser - Jun 28, 2019
I dont think theres anything worse than loosing a child. My heart goes out to you and your family. Madison was a inspiration to all of us. May God give you the peace that you long for. We love you.
Patricia(Stella)Hensley Ault - Jun 28, 2019
Sending love to my Smallwood family ...
Cheryl mckee - Jun 28, 2019
Know your family is up liftedwill prayer
Terri vance - Jun 28, 2019
Dear Smallwood family... I cannot put into words how my heart breaks for all of you. I hoped and prayed along with you that God would heal Miss Madison. We didn’t receive our wish for her earthly healing but she’s healed and whole FOREVER, dancing on streets of gold and walking hand in hand with Jesus. I pray God grants you His peace and comfort during this time of unspeakable sadness and loss. Love and prayers to you all in Jesus, Terri Vance (Caden & Avery’s Mammaw)
Joey & Debbie - Jun 28, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a beautiful little girl and strong, Knowing she is with God. How comforting. May God wrap his arms around you all.
Debbi Hager - Jun 28, 2019
I am so sorry and saddened by the loss of Madison. As I continue to pray, know that Madison will remain in my heart forever. I hope you can somehow find comfort knowing this strong, courageous Angel is now a completely pain-free Angel smiling down on her family and friends as she walks the streets of gold. Thank You Madison for all you gave during your short life and for showing the world what an Angel truly is. She will never be totally gone until all who knew her on this earth are also gone.
Reba and Dick Casey - Jun 28, 2019
We have followed Madison’s story from the beginning. We have been inspired by her spunk and tenacity in the face of adversity. Our deepest sympathy to her parents, brother and grandparents. Her valiant fight and positive spirit has been far-reaching beyond Monroe and she will be remembered long past her few years of life here on earth.
Eric, Paula, Alex and Jake Hall - Jun 27, 2019
Jake started pre-school With Madison and we remember many field trips together. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Our Deepest Condolences from Florida.
Brian and Jeanne - Jun 27, 2019
Our family is praying for peace and understanding as you journey through your loss and remembering the happiness she gave you.
Maritza - Jun 27, 2019
May The Memories You Have Shared Keep Her Alive In Your Hearts Always! Blessings To You And Your Sweet, Courages Madison.
Danielle Klan - Jun 27, 2019
Madison is truly an inspiration not just within the Monroe community but beyond that! She was truly an angel and loved by so many. Many prayers during this difficult time.
Nancy Lintzenich - Jun 27, 2019
Madison was such an incredible inspiration, a beautiful little girl & a positive model for everyone! She truly touched my life & all those at MES! I will continue to prayer for your precious family!
The Hamilton’s - Jun 27, 2019
Your family will continue to be in our prayers. May God comfort you during this unimaginable loss. Madison was loved and a role model for so many in this community. She will forever be a Monroe Hornet!
Nancy Isbell - Jun 27, 2019
I am lost of words,I can only imagine what heart ache that her parents Mom Lori and Dad Ryan and little brother,Landon are feeling and going threw.My dropped on the day I was released from the hospital and when I got home the first thing that popped up on my news was a picture of Madison and when i clicked on it and I read where Madison had passed away lil after 11am that day..I have always followed Madison story since her first diagnose and until now..I have every Madison shirt and hoodie and bracelets..My youngest Son Tristan Isbell who is 12 and went to school with Madison since preschool he has Prayed 🙏🏻For Madison every night and he Prayed 🙏🏻For Dominic also that fault Cancer from Monroe I was so inspired and amazed at how well Madison fault her battles..Madison alway had a Smile on her face every time that i saw her..It was Amazing 😉 how well that she fault her battle and how Strong 💪🏻 Madison was threw out her journey Madison will always have a special place in my heart ❤️ forever..As i had Thyroid Cancer myself..But I am an adult and lived my life..It always breaks my heart ❤️ to see young Kids fighting Cancer..As I still fighting myself , Madison helped me at times as I fight and see how Strong 💪🏻 she was and well she fault..Send all my Love ❤️ And ((Hugs))🤗 and Prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻 To her father Ryan and her mother Lori and lil brother Landon..You all are in my thoughts and Prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻 Heaven gained a beautiful and Amazing 😉 Angel 😇 Madison diffidently urged her Angel 👼 wings...And when I’m at a park or I look up at the Sky and it’s sunny outside I’ll remember your beautiful Smile..You will never be forgotten.. And I know that you will always inspire and continue to help young kids that are fighting cancer..
Kimberly Graham - Jun 27, 2019
What an amazing young lady. She has taught so many of us to fight our battles and not complain. Madison was truly a blessing to all of us. Never to be forgotten. The smallwood family are in my prayers. God bless you all.
TJ and Tracy Howard - Jun 27, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. We will be praying for your family.
Dave and Mary Beth Dirksen - Jun 27, 2019
Our prayers for peace and comfort are with all of you.
Sharlene Chapman - Jun 27, 2019
I will not be able to attend the memorial service for your sweet Madison. I have been one of the many who have prayed and loved her. My heart goes out to each of you and I will continue to pray for your family. Madison touched my heart and inspired me to appreciate this life. She will never be forgotten and she did more in her short life to encourage others than a 100 people could, she is and will always be an inspiration forever...what a legacy. Blessing to you and thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter. My sincerest condolences, Sharlene
Markunes - Jun 27, 2019
We never got to meet your little Madison but we have been friends with Dou and Connie and we kept up with her that way Please accept our sympathy for your loss Madison may have left this earth but one day we meet again and she will be free of pain and a beautiful set of wings to match her beauty
Mike and Kelli Rudie - Jun 27, 2019
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We are so glad Madison is free from her human shell and has returned to the divine spirit she was created to be. We are praying for you Ryan, Lori, and Landon and ask that God surround you with a peace that only he can.
Joy Phelps - Jun 27, 2019
I will never forget when Landon came to preschool and you would bring Madison with you to drop off or pick up. Such a sweet girl. I will be praying for all of you. Love you all, Joy
Heather Coffman - Jun 27, 2019
she fought a good fight...praying for all 💕💗💛💖
Becky Winslow - Jun 27, 2019
Continued prayers! I'm so sorry for your loss. Madison touched so many lives and we will forever be changed.
Christy Smith - Jun 27, 2019
We will miss seeing your smile Madison. You’re a beautiful angel. Prayers to your entire family, and all of the friends who loved you. Love your fellow Monroe Hornet.
Mary Bradford Tufts - Jun 27, 2019
My condolences and prayers Madison will be missed so very sorry for your loss.
Heather - Jun 27, 2019
I am SO terribly sorry to hear of the loss of Madison. Even though I didn't know her very well, I have been very touched & inspired by her story. I have children of my own & my heart is absolutely breaking for her Parents. She was such a strong, brave & BEAUTIFUL girl & she touched SOOO many lives during her short 12 years here on Earth. I'm praying for peace, strength & comfort for the entire family & for everyone who knew & loved Madison during this difficult time. ♥️♥️
Amy - Jun 27, 2019
For ever in our hearts. We will always remember the smile on your face Being DJ. We love you
Michelle Posey - Jun 27, 2019
I have been on this entire journey with Madison always keeping up to date on her progress. She touched my own life in so many ways, as she did many others. As she was going through this battle my stepdaughter was doing the same. It is difficult to lose people, especially so young. May God give you comfort and strength to endure. Love and prayers. Madison you are a beautiful angel watching over those you love.
Ron and Eva Hartman - Jun 27, 2019
Our lives have been enriched following Madison ‘s journey! Our love to you!
Travis Hicks - Jun 27, 2019
I followed Madison's story from afar, and she inspired me and my family to keep fighting as we went through some hard times. God bless you.