Maxine Sprenkle McCormack

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Maxine Sprenkle McCormack, 96, died peacefully on April 7, 2019. Born Nov. 30, 1922, to Dent and Felicia Sprenkle, she spent her childhood in Neosho, Mo., surrounded by eight siblings.

Maxine is preceded in death by her husband, Howard Franklin McCormack Sr.; and her sons, Howard Franklin McCormack Jr. and Dwight Wayne McCormack.

She is remembered for her sewing craft, which began at the Keys and Nelly Don Inc. garment factories from 1951-1961, and her superb cooking skills, seasoned over the next 42 years with the students of the San Juan Unified School District and the sisters and fathers of St. Melís Catholic Parish. She continued to drive herself to work until she was 92 years-old, and was reluctant to part with her driverís license and car.

The matriarch of five generations of McCormacks, she most enjoyed having large family gatherings at her family-built cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains, playing cards and winning at dominos. Mom was addicted to Gin Rummy and could play all day long.

She is survived by her sister, Nadine Phillips; her two sons, Darroll McCormack and James McCormack; and daughter, Sandra Miller; all of whom will miss her dearly, even her stubbornness.

Family and friends are welcome to the visitation from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 28, with a Rosary Service at 5 p.m., all at Price Funeral Chapel, 6335 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA, (916) 725-2109, and are invited to the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Monday, April 29, at St. Mel Catholic Church, 4745 Pennsylvania Ave., Fair Oaks. A reception will be held after Mass in the St. Melís Parish Center. Our mother will be laid to rest next to her deceased husband in a graveside service on Monday, April 29, at 2 p.m., at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Citrus Heights California.

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