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ATKINSON, Maxine L. 1916-2010


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 3/14/2011 at 23:52:02

[Waterloo Courier, Thursday, October 7, 2010]

WATERLOO - Maxine Lorene Atkinson passed away at Friendship Village Medical Center on Oct. 4, 2010, at the age of 94. Maxine was born Sept. 30, 1916, in Collins, to Clara and Arthur Hand. She attended Collins High School where she starred as jump center on the undefeated girls basketball team of 1932. She graduated in 1933 and married her high school sweetheart, Earle, in 1936. They moved to Waterloo, where Earle was employed at Sears, Roebuck & Co. for more than 37 years.

Son Stanley was born in 1940, and from 1942-1944 while Earle was in fighting in World War II, Maxine and son lived with her parents in Nevada, Iowa, where she worked for R. H. Donnelly Corp. After the war, Maxine and Earle made Waterloo home, and daughter Sheryl was born in 1948. Maxine resided for 53 years at 438 Auburn St., losing her husband Earle in 1997. Maxine moved to an independent living apartment at Friendship Village in 2007, where she spent many wonderful outings with her personal companion, Irene Averill, and shared stories with her dear lunch table friends.

Maxine and her husband were longtime active members of Grace Reformed Church. They loved traveling, which, over the years, included many trips to California, Pennsylvania and Ohio to visit family, vacationing in Arizona, travels through all 50 states and trips to Canada, Mexico, England and Guam to name a few.

Maxine loved playing cards with friends and neighbors, especially bridge, until failing eyesight prevented it. She enjoyed baking for her family, especially cookies at Christmas, taking pride in her grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's lives and accomplishments, and keeping up on politics and world affairs. Maxine loved a lively discussion! She enjoyed countless hours of playing with her adored four-legged dog friend, Oreo. Most of all she loved spending time with her family in Iowa and Ohio, sharing memories and continuing to teach them about life until the end of her days. Maxine was most beloved by family and friends of all ages and a truly remarkable member of The Greatest Generation. She will be deeply missed and always cherished.

She is survived by son Stanley (Jeanne); daughter Sheryl Stoll (Bill); four grandchildren, Randy (Kathy), Rick (Cindy), Lori Pickard (Jim) and Marisa Stoll; six great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband Earle; her parents; her brother, Frederic; her sisters, Shirley Smith and Inez Beattie; brother Robert and an infant brother.

Services Friday, Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Reformed Church, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 7, at Locke Funeral Home.

Memorials to Grace Reformed Church, 520 Maxwell St., Waterloo, IA 50701.


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