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Maxine Rose (Brown) Wood

Posted 2017-07-08 by Pat R
Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ)
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Maxine Rose Wood of Peoria, AZ., formerly of Surprise, AZ. passed away peacefully on January 5th, 2015 at 93 years of age. She was among family at the time in Hospice of the Valley in Surprise.

Daughter of Titus and Bertha (Day) Brown, Maxine and siblings Frank, Adna, Juanita, Kenneth, Vivian and Ruby all grew up on the family farm in Boone, Iowa. Maxine graduated from high school in Luther, Iowa. Early, she enjoyed playing music with family and dancing throughout her adult life. Much of her childhood she spent outdoors on the farm or locally around Boone. One of her favorite places was the Ledges State Park, on the Des Moines River.

She married her high school sweetheart Don Hurley, and together they left for sunny California. There they had their son Robert, and daughter Kathleen. They led an active life with other family there. While in California, Maxine became a proud employee of the Aerospace Corporation, a company that contributed significantly to the "Space Race." Always a farm girl at heart, Maxine enjoyed nature and traveled to places throughout the U.S. and Canada to enjoy parks and forests.

Upon retirement she moved to Arizona where she was close to extended family. She stayed inspired by nature and volunteered at the Nature Conservancy's Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg, AZ. enjoying the visitors and one of her other pastimes, birding. Late in life Maxine stayed active in the Sun Village community dancing, enjoying Tai-Chi, and attending church and other activities.

She was preceded in death by: husband Don, son and daughter-in-law Robert and Sandy Hurley, brothers Frank and Kenneth Brown and sisters Juanita Sojka and Adna Anderson. She is still loved and survived by two sisters Vivian Earll of Branson, Mo. and Ruby Bassett of Madrid, Iowa, sister in law Helen Brown of Boone, Iowa, daughter and son-in-law Kathleen and Jerry Sylvester of Peoria, AZ., grandchildren Mike Herrin of CO., Bill Hurley of CA. and Dawn Cain of Oregon, four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Always independent, she maintained her sense of humor throughout her life. Her strength and tenacity is an inspiration to us all.

Private services will be held at a later date at Hansen Desert Hills Memorial Park, 6500 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Maxine may be honored by donations made to: Hospice of the Valley:, the Nature Conservancy:, or the Alzheimer's Association

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