Maxine Marilyn Schwartz, 89, Minot, formerly of Kenmare, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in a Minot hospital.
Maxine was born May 27, 1924, on the family farm near Kenmare, the daughter of John and Alice (Nash) Modin. She was raised and educated near Kenmare and graduated from Kenmare High School in 1942. She taught at country schools in the Mandan area.
Maxine was united in marriage to J. Ralph Schwartz on Feb. 16, 1945, at Havre, Mont. They lived on a farm north of Kenmare from 1945 to 1947. They moved to Minot in 1955, where they owned the Speedway Motel for nine years. Maxine worked as a receptionist, most recently at Miracle Ear, retiring two years ago. She also taught cake decorating classes and she was known for her unique wedding, birthday, and special occasion cakes.
Maxine was a woman of great faith and integrity. She was an active member of First Assembly of God Church, Minot, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and served as Sunday school superintendent. She enjoyed crocheting, china painting, cooking, traveling, playing games, and was an avid reader. Maxine had the gift of hospitality. She was always warm, friendly, and caring. She loved all people.
Her loving family includes: children, Linda (Chris) Pettersen, Minot, Doug Schwartz, Mohall, Debra (Alan) Schafer, Minot; daughter-in-law, Cindy Schwartz, Rugby; grandchildren, Christel (Paul) Laskowski, Kimberly (Brian) VanWinkle, Alicia (Sanders) Shumway, Katherine (Kyle) Spivey, Thomas Schwartz, Shawn Schafer and Eric (Krista) Schafer; great-grandchildren, Preston, Kellen, Evan, Elise, Emily, Liberty, Hudson, Kage and Jezy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Perry; sisters, Pearl, Marjorie and Margaret; and brothers, Leonard, Donald, Merle and Kenneth.
Funeral service: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at First Assembly of God Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Friday, Jan. 31, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to Child Evangelism Fellowship or Minot Youth For Christ.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).