Maxine Manselle, 95, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 20, 2013, at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City, Minn.
She was born July 30, 1917, on the family farm near Deer Creek to Harold and Mildred (Arbuckle) Bemus.
Maxine graduated from Deer Creek High School in 1935. She married her best friend, Lloyd Manselle, Sept. 25, 1938, and they were blessed with two children, Terry and Karen.
Maxine and Lloyd farmed most of their lives in the Deer Creek area. From 1958-1967, Maxine held various part-time positions, including selling subscriptions for and delivering the Minneapolis Star Tribune, working as a Tupperware consultant, submitting news to the Wadena Pioneer Press and New York Mills Herald, serving as a housekeeper, aiding a disabled man and working as a nurse's aide at Shady Lane Nursing Home.
In 1968, Maxine started her full-time career at the Henning Nursing Home, which lasted 24 years. She retired at age 75, and is admired by family and friends for her job dedication and good work ethics.
Maxine and Lloyd were 4-H leaders from 1958-1960. She helped in the EUB church in Deer Creek during the 60's, and served at various levels in the Union Corners Church from 1978-2009. Her last role was church treasurer.
It was Maxine's constant hunger for God's word and her longevity in service to God that has made her such an inspiration to her family.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Mildred Bemus; husband, Lloyd (1995); and son, Terry (2009).
She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Dennis) Peterson of Columbus, Minn; sister, Doris Kochaver of Mountain Iron, Minn.; grandsons, Terry Allen, as well as John, Troy and Kurt Manselle, and Chuck, Tony, Corey and Jeremy Peterson; granddaughter, Jodi Peterson Bohnen; 19 great-grandchildren; and many more who loved her dearly.
Funeral services were held Feb. 25, 2013, at United Methodist Church in Deer Creek.
All eight grandsons were pallbearers, and Maxine's granddaughter spoke at the funeral. Maxine was laid to rest at Wadena Cemetery.
Arrangements were with Schuller Family Funeral Homes' Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena.