Maxine Ruth Polk

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Maxine Ruth Polk, 80, Nevada, Mo., passed away suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo. Maxine was born Nov. 28, 1937, in Walker, Mo., to Robert and Hazel May (Brundridge) Cargill. In 1953, she was united in marriage to Keith Gulliford and he preceded her in death in 1961. On Oct. 5, 1963, she married Lonnie A. Polk, in Nevada, Mo., and he survives of the home.

Maxine grew up in Nevada and attended school there. In 1976, Maxine obtained her GED following her 10th grade education — something she was quite proud of. She was a homemaker most of her younger years. Maxine later went to work as a commercial housekeeper cleaning local area businesses. She enjoyed her monthly get together luncheons with her classmates of 1955, furniture refinishing, and daily yard work. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with family.

In addition to her husband, Lonnie, survivors include her children, Terri Rowland and her husband, Dennis, Thornfield, Mo., Cindy Brannan and her husband, Greg, Nevada, Randall Gulliford and his wife, Leslie, Moundville, Lorrie Divine and her husband, Dan, Moundville, and Carrie Dreyer and her husband, Jeff, Nevada; nine grandchildren, Sunshine Black and her husband, Terry, Nevada, Tim Rowland and his wife, DeAnna, Gainesville, Mo., Eric Gulliford and his wife, Becca, Springfield, Mo., Christopher Hewitt, Carl Junction, Mo., Adam Hewitt and Jenny, Nevada, Keith Gulliford and Keri, Nevada, Lesley Gulliford, Springfield, Mo., Emma Dykstra and her husband, Josh, Joplin, Mo., and Beth Dreyer and her husband, Devin Miller, Nevada; great-grandchildren, Shadow, Bella, and Batha Wagoner, Leigha, BreAnna, and Zyler Rowland, and Julian Dykstra; numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one brother, Eddie Cargill, El Dorado Springs. She was preceded in death by her parents; one infant daughter; and three siblings, Robert Cargill Jr., Bobbie Miller, and Norma Short.

A private celebration of Maxine’s life will be held at a later date.

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