Maxine, age 90, went
to heaven peacefully at her home February 17 with both her children at
She was born to Jacob
and Dacy Zimmerman on the family wheat farm near Horace, Kansas on March
5, 1927. She happily lived there with her parents, her two younger
brothers, and paternal grandparents until the age of nine. Then they were
forced to leave Kansas because of her father's failing health due to the
dustbowls of the Great Depression. They moved her grandparents to a small house
in Horace. The family loaded up the model T Ford and headed west to Idaho where
work was said to be available. Maxine 's father got a job hoeing onions for 17
1/2 cents an hour. Later he was able to get work with the Union Pacific
Railroad and they purchased a house on 5 acres in rural Nampa. Maxine's
childhood was a happy one until her father tragically died at the age of
42 from cancer. His dream had been to move them to a farm but instead her
family moved back into town where she graduated from high school the next year.
During her high
school years an event occurred that forever changed her life. She was invited
by a friend to a Christian church where she immediately felt at
home. She soon gave her life to the Lord and was baptized. This began a
life long journey of joy, devotion and service to God. She loved people and
knew no strangers and shared her faith by the way she lived and served.
She remained close to
her brothers and their families. Many happy holidays were spent together over
In 1949 Maxine married.
She had her son Stephen in 1952 and daughter Laurie in 1953. The family settled
in Boise and she remained there until her death. She loved to travel and the
family took many wonderful vacations. After retirement she and Gordon continued
to travel extensively. Also at this time she and 8 girlfriends from high school
started meeting annually for reunions all over the northwest. Her happiest
trips were to the Oregon coast.
She is preceded in
death by her parents, her younger brother Jerry and her husband Gordon.
She is survived by
her son Stephen, his wife Melody and their 3 sons Mike, Kyle, and
Eric (wife Natalie); daughter Laurie Adshade and her 4 children Sarah,
Adam, Jacob, and Amy (husband Keoni); 8 great grandchildren Austin, Mariah,
Caleb, Cassidy, Eli, Oliver, Olivia, and Juniper, 2 great great grandsons due
in the spring; brother Bob Zimmerman; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to
thank Harrison's Hope hospice for the loving care they gave Maxine the last 7
months of her life.
Donations can be made to Hope House Home for
Children or to The Humane Society.
A celebration of Maxine's life will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Alden-
Waggoner Funeral Chapel.