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Madonna Burget Spratt passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, in Honduras. She was born Dec. 15, 1933, to Dale and Mary Wheatley Burget.
She graduated from Prairie High School in 1951 and from Ball State University and Ball Memorial in 1954. Madonna worked at Tipton County Memorial Hospital as a surgery nurse for a year and then enrolled at Johnson Bible College, graduating in 1959 magna cum laude.
While attending Johnson, she became involved with the Africa for Christ mission group. She became interested in going to Africa and had learned she would need midwife training. After JBC, she went to work at the Frontier School of Midwifery in Hyden, Kentucky, and worked in the hospital there until there was an opening for her midwife training. She began her training in December 1959, completing it in May 1960. On Aug. 1, 1960, she left for Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, Africa.
Madonna was in Africa for 10 years and then went to Kulpahar, India, to work with a children's orphanage and opened a hospital for women. In August of 1984, she felt led to go to Honduras. She served first in the Merendon Mountains. While there, she had a clinic built with the help of her supporters here in the States.
In November 1986, she started corresponding with John Spratt and the result of this was their marriage in October 1987 at Johnson Bible College. They later moved from the mountains to Las Brisas, where they built a house, clinic and church. John passed away in January 2016 and Madonna also had health problems so she turned the mission work over to the Disciple Makers in January.
Survivors include a sister, Marilyn B. Nash, Tipton County; niece, Shari Smith; nephew, Doug Atchley; great-niece, Abbie Smith (Nate) Stout and children Matilda and Jack, Kokomo; great-niece, Madison (Joshua) DePew and children Raylee and Asher, Lafayette, Walker Mehl, Charlotte, North Carolina, Kaleigh Atchley, Bunker Hill; stepniece, Lisa (Rick) Miller and children Colton, Cody and Caitlyn, Peru; stepniece, Melissa (Steve) Solomon and children Kellen and Kacy, Xenia, Ohio; and stepnephew, Gary (Suzy), Rossville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Spratt; siblings, Gerald and Don Burget; and Marianna Gray (Don); her parents, Dale and Mary Burget.
Services will be in Honduras. Young-Nichols Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Disciple Makers, 4393 Boron Drive, Latonia, KY 41015 or Johnson University, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998.
Published on  May 19, 2017
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