Maxine Simmons

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Maxine Simmons, 88, of Fort Scott, passed away early Friday morning, Sept. 14, 2007, at Medicalodge. in Fort Scott, Kan. She was born April 30, 1919, in Wheeling, Mo., the daughter of Virgil A. and Avis I. (Brobst) Patterson. She moved to Mapleton Kan., in 1924, and attended Mapleton schools through the eighth grade. She graduated from Fulton High School in 1939, and Fort Scott Community College in 1941. She married Vernon Leslie Simmons May 10, 1942, in Fort Scott. He preceded her in death Oct. 13, 1985.

Maxine worked for the Fort Scott Greenhouse, Deputy Register of Deeds for Bourbon County, Fort Scott High School as Treasurer of Activity Funds, and for FSCC as Treasurer of Campus Funds and Secretary to the President. She also taught sewing classes at Singer Sewing Machine Co. She was a member of the First Christian Church, in Fort Scott, a lifetime member of O.E.S. Olive Chapter, and a member of Retired Employees of FSCC. She was a Bluebird Leader, and Mother Advisor, Rainbow for Girls.

She is survived by her two daughters; Sandra Sue Simmons of Kansas City, Mo., and Julie Ann McClellan of Fort Scott; four grandchildren, Daren Hutchison and wife Kristen, Jill Durbin and husband Jessie, Joshua McClellan, and Matt McClellan and fiance Star Bowden, and a great-grandchild, Shelby. In addition to her husband, Vernon, Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Raymond Glenn Patterson.

The Rev. Reed Hartford will conduct funeral services for Maxine 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, with burial following at the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, or the FSCC Endowment Association and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Ks., 66701.

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