Maxine Agnes Wallace

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Maxine Agnes Wallace, 95, of Nevada, Mo., passed away surrounded by family on Friday, May 14, 2021, at the Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center in Nevada. Maxine was born April 29, 1926, in Walker, Mo., to Eula Cherlene Hooper Short and Louis Wayne Short. She married James A. Wallace on Feb. 27, 1944, in Fort Scott, Kan., and he preceded her in death on Oct. 6, 2006.

Maxine grew up in Walker and graduated from Walker High School. She often reminisced about her days as captain of the basketball team. She co-founded the family business, Wallace Electric, with Jim in 1956 and they ran it for several years. Randy, their son, and his wife Sandy took the business over in 1981.

Maxine was a member of the First Baptist Church and took pride in being part of the Nevada community. She loved to host family and friends, especially for celebrations. She enjoyed being a part of Red Hat Society where members took turns hosting the get togethers. Giving gifts to family and friends brought her great joy and her door was always open for anyone to visit. She had a passion for decorating and planning for the holidays, with Christmas being her favorite. Their house was known for the classic red Christmas lights and festive outside displays.

Maxine and Jim, who lovingly referred to each other as roommates, were married for 62 years. You could often find them driving in town in their white convertibles or cruising through neighborhoods admiring homes and planning their own projects. Summer days were spent enjoying the warmth on the patio or watching the birds from the gazebo on their property. Trips to Lake of the Ozarks filled with time outdoors, boating, and grilling created lasting memories for the family. They were two of the biggest cheerleaders for their grandchildren and attended many sporting events, concerts, and celebrations.

Survivors include her son, Randy Wallace, and his wife, Sandy, Nevada, Mo., and her daughter-in-law Pat Wallace, Grandview, Mo.; grandchildren, Dana Kennedy and her husband, Mike, Liberty, Mo., Jennifer Johnson and her husband, Clark, Kansas City, Mo., Lindsay Douglas and her husband, Josh, Springfield, Mo., and Lanette McInroy and her husband, Zach, Nevada, Mo.; nine great-grandchildren, Madelynne and James Kennedy, Lauren and Julia Johnson, Owen and Rand Douglas, and Molly, Eli, and Oscar McInroy. She was preceded in death by her husband, James; her parents; her son, Richard; and her sister, Ellen.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 22, with the Rev. Hubert Fox officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

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