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Maxine Francis Stilabower, age 86, of Lamar, passed Tuesday January 22, 2013 surround by her loved ones.

Maxine was born July 12, 1926 at Golden City, MO to Harry Lee and Ina Allene (McCubbin) Francis. She graduated from Golden City High School in 1943.  Upon graduating high school Maxine moved with her family to California, where she worked at Douglas Aircraft manufacturing airplane parts for the war effort. Maxine returned to Missouri to marry Edwin Lee "Bud" Stilabower. They were united April 19, 1944.  Together they raised two sons and owned and operated Isenhower Lumber Company for several years, before passing the business to their son and his wife.

Maxine was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Daughters of the American Revolution, Fiber Art Guild, and the United Methodist Church Choir.  Maxine had a lifelong love of rose gardening, spending time with her family and being a home maker. She enjoyed the challenge of learning new things and meeting friends, new and old through work, various clubs and church.  Maxine carried a joy of music and singing from her childhood to years of singing in the church choir.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Bud;  son Lonnie & Barb Stilabower of Lamar, MO; three grandchildren, Angie & Steven Bailey, Heath & Ashley Stilabower, and Kim & Rile Friend, all of Lamar, MO; eight great-grandchildren, Peyton, Travis, Tristen, Natalia, Carson, Alyvia, Ryder, and Rex.

Maxine was preceded by her parents; her brother, Rex Leo Francis; her sister Naomi Lee Dossett; and one son Edwin L. Stilabower Jr. on November 4, 1964 at the age of 17.

Funeral service will be 2:00 pm Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Lamar United Methodist Church with Dr. Barry Winders officiating.  Burial will follow at Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6 to 7 pm Friday, January 25, 2012 at Daniel Funeral Home.

Contributions are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church or the Back Pack Program in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#3 LamarJoe Davis 2013-01-26 07:19
What a lovely lovely lady. One of my very favorites when I delivered meals to her. She always had a smile and always asked how I was doing, no matter what her situation was.

She will be missed.
#2 Durant, OkMary Lollar 2013-01-25 08:20
Family of Maxine,
My condolences to you. I am a class mate of Maxine's. So sorry to read of her passing. She and I were in one of the largest classes at Golden City High School in the year 1939. God Bless all of you.
Mary Gayle Kentner Lollar
#1 Lamar, MODr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Carroll 2013-01-24 13:53
Stilabower Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May your many memories of Maxine bring you peace and comfort. We enjoyed good times with her playing golf and lunch visits on ladies day at the country club.

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