Maxine Illingworth, 96

Maxine Illingworth, age 96 of Broken Bow, died Aug. 25, 2013, at her home. Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Govier Brothers Mortuary with the Rev. Todd Karges and Chaplain Steve Shanno officiating. Interment was in the West Union Cemetery. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements. Maxine was born Feb. 10, 1917, in the West Union community near Sargent to Loyd and Mae (Hill) Pointer. She spent her childhood there and graduated from Sargent High School in 1934. She taught at several schools in the area attending Kearney State College in the summer months. She was united in marriage to Ward Illingworth Sept. 1, 1940. They had the joy of spending 55 years together. Maxine’s family was the main focus of her life. She worked part-time in various businesses in Broken Bow. She was a Girl Scout leader, a member of the United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, and the Outreachers circle. She was active in Jobs Daughters, a member of the American Legion Auxilliary for 66 years holding the office of president. She was also a member of the Eight and Forty Club for many years, which is all past presidents of Nebraska. In her younger years she enjoyed her bridge club. After retirement she and Ward did lots of traveling. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Kriha of Lincoln; one granddaughter, Sara Kriha and a great- grandson, Noah Diaz, both of Lincoln. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ward in 1995; one sister, Doris Lee and a brother, Harold Pointer.Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 29, 2013