The funeral service for Maxine Miller of Hewitt was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Wadena, with Pastor Vaughn White presiding.
Maxine Joyce Johnson was born on June 20, 1924, in the Parkers Prairie area in Minnesota, to Charles and Anna (Olson) Johnson. She spent her childhood and teen years in the area on various farms, where she attended country schools. When she was older, she moved to Alexandria and worked in a nursing home.
During the war, Maxine traveled to Denver, Colo., where she met a tall, brown-eyed, wavy-haired Texan in the Air Force, whom she married on April 5, 1947. After Lloyd was discharged from the Air Force, they moved to the family ranch in Texas for five years. They then moved to Minnesota, where Maxine spent the last 56 years living in her home in Hewitt.
Maxine died on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at the age of 88, at St. Cloud Hospital, after complications from an automobile accident.
Maxine is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Daniel Piere) Miller of Wadena, Pamela (Dennis) Sandberg of Bertha/Paso Rables, Calif., and Paula (William) Mishler of Hewitt/Sommerset, Wis.; grandsons, Eric, Troy and Todd Sandberg, and Travis and Marshall Mishler; granddaughter-in-law, Laura Sandberg; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Clinton (Lou Clare) Johnson of Eagle Bend, Violet Smith of Monticello, Don and Marcella Johnson of Eagle Bend, and Myrna Johnson of Clarissa; along with many nieces and nephews.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Anna; husband, Lloyd; grandson, Kyle; brothers, Laurel, Everett and Carroll Johnson; sisters, Evelyn Rohwer, Helen Anderson and Evangeline Otto; brothers-in-law, Kinney Bob Miller, Arnold Martin, Ervin Rohwer, Charles Smith, Ed Smith and Raymond Anderson; sisters-in-law, Cora Johnson, Theresa Johnson, Jo Johnson, Dorothy Miller and Patsy Martin; and her companion for many years, Ervin Lee.
Maxine will be remembered for her avid gardening and for baking apple pies for her family and friends. She loved to travel and go for "rides." Most of all, she loved taking care of her family and carrying on traditions.
Maxine will be missed by many friends and family. She will also be missed by her granddogs, "Bella" and "Abe", and great-granddog "Yancee"!
Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis Sandberg, Eric Sandberg, Don Johnson, Travis Mishler, Dan Piere and Clinton Johnson. Serving as pallbearers will be Troy Sandberg, Marshall Mishler, Chuck Anderson, Gary Johnson, David Piere and Bruce Anderson.
Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Eagle Bend.