Mary Maxine Brown, 95, of Wamego, Kansas, formerly of Carroll County Arkansas and Wichita, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at the Valley Vista Good Samaritan Center in Wamego. She had been a resident of the community for the last few years.
Maxine was born on July 7, 1923, in Carroll County, Arkansas, the daughter of Mack and Mary Christian Brown. She attended local schools and graduated from High School in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 1941.
Maxine enjoyed many years working in general retail as a clerk and cashier. She worked for the original Sam Walton store for many years, made biscuits at McDonalds, cooked for a time at an assisted living facility, and did child care. Maxine also did beauty work and fixed hair and did manicures and pedicures, especially, for people that could not leave their homes. Maxine even raised cattle while living on her brothers farm. The job that Maxine was very proud of was being a true “Rosy the Riveter” and worked during WWll building planes in Wichita.
Maxine was a very active person. She walked five miles every day. She loved to go fishing, camping and golfing and especially enjoyed doing any arts and crafts. She was a founding member of a fitness gym built by the Walton family, but enjoyed the social environment more than the fitness. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Maxine enjoyed spending time visiting with those around her. Even at the nursing home she was referred to as the San Diego lady “always 65 and sunny”.
Maxine is survived locally by her niece and care giver, Carolyn Daniels (Herb) of Wamego. She is also survived by numerous other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and 10 siblings.
A private inurment will be held in Beulah Union Cemetery, near Eureka Springs, Arkansas at a later date. The family suggest memorial contributions to Interim Hospice Care and may be sent in care of Campanella-Evans Mortuary.