Butler County Times Gazette
  • Obituary: Maxine Watkins

  • F. Maxine (Manion) Watkins, 88, Newton, died on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.
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  • F. Maxine (Manion) Watkins, 88, died on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at her daughters’ home in Augusta.
    Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug.30, 2013, at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.
    She was born on March 15, 1925 to Clara ( Rieschman ) and John F. Manion in Merriam, Kan.
    On Sept.5, 1942 she married James Watkins in South Park, Kan. James passed away on Nov. 8, 1997.
    Maxine had many hobbies including, reading, a strong love for music and she played several instruments. Her strongest love was spending time with her grandchildren . Maxine loved her family dearly.
    She was active in the Order of The Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron in the Newton and Marion chapters, as well a Grand Representative for the Grand Chapter of Kansas on two different occasions.
    As a youth she attended the Methodist Church and was a former member of several First Christian Churches and served as a Sunday School teacher for many years.
    Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; her spouse; two brothers, Harold and Howard Manion; and infant sister, Shirley Mae Manion.
    Survivors include:  three children, Joanne (Chuck) Carpenter, Maidens, Va,, Stephen Watkins, Newton, and Jeri (Dan) Biehler, Augusta; 5 grandchildren, James (Akemi) Carpenter, Puyallup, Wash., John (Christine) Carpenter, Thornton, NH, Terri Carpenter, North Chesterfield, Va., J.D. Biehler and Francie Biehler, Augusta ; 5 great-grandchildren; 1 great- great-granddaughter.
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