Maxine Ann (Anderson) Nelson died Friday, January 3, 2020 surrounded by family at Gritman Medical Center. She was born in the hospital in Troy, Idaho on August 15, 1927 to Clarence and Alice (Johnson) Anderson. She grew up in Troy and graduated from Troy High School as class valedictorian. She attended the University of Idaho for three years before completing her education with a degree in nursing in 1952 from Emmanuel Hospital School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon.
Maxine returned to Troy and married L. Rudolph “Rudy” Nelson on October 4, 1953 at Troy Lutheran Church. After agreeing that Rudy would never have to wash dishes and Maxine would never have to milk cows, they made their home on the family farm on Little Bear Ridge in Troy where they raised their three daughters, Marlene Nelson, Janet Johnson, and Judy (Mark) Thomas.
Preceding Maxine in death were her husband, Rudy, her sister, Ilene Rauch, and her niece, Becky Denton. She is survived by her three daughters and her son-in-law, Mark. Also surviving are her sister, Louise Soderstrom, her grandchildren Jeffrey Johnson, Jared Johnson, Joanna Brooks, Jacob Thomas, and Olivia Thomas, as well as her great-grandchildren DaVion Miller, Jamaul Brooks, Jamaree Miller and Jenay Johnson. She is also survived by her cousins Calvin Johnson and Joann Funk, sister-in-law Sherrie Nelson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A life-long Lutheran, Maxine was an active member of Troy Lutheran Church, where her funeral service will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 11:00 am, with burial to follow at Burnt Ridge Cemetery, and a potluck luncheon at Troy Lutheran Church social hall to follow. Viewing is from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Short’s Funeral Chapel.
Memorial donations in Maxine’s memory may be made to ELCA World Hunger or Lutheran World Relief online or through Troy Lutheran Church.
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