Our mother, Maxine S. Anderson, passed away September 6, 2020 with a broken heart, just 4 days after the death of the love of her life, Carl Anderson. Dad came back to take her with him for their final road trip.
Maxine was born June 24, 1926 to Richard and Pearl Smith in Great Falls, Montana. After attending high school and Cosmetology School in Great Falls, she married Carl on February 7, 1948 and the two of them were partners for life and for the next 72 years they enjoyed everything it had to offer as a team.
Maxine enjoyed sewing, crafts, playing bridge, cooking, baking, golf with her friends, and traveling with Dad and getting together with her and Dad’s friends, but most of all she loved her family. She always had time for anything her sons, daughters in law, and grandchildren needed. She and Dad enjoyed following their children and grandchildren around the state and across the country supporting them in their careers, sports and any activity in which they were involved. Maxine thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She loved passing on her recipes to family and they will be used for sure. She and Dad also were key figures in keeping all of the cousins, aunts and uncles in touch and advised of all the family news.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Jack and Gary Smith, brothers in in law, Earl Wiley and Ron Turner, grandson, Paul Anderson, and great grandson, Junior Dallaserra.
Maxine is survived by sons and daughters in law: Rick (Stacy) , Mike (Michele), and Jim ( Shelly,) ; grandchildren: Kristine Anderson ( John English) Kotie Dunmire (Scott Forman), Beau Anderson , Luke Anderson, Colt Anderson (Keelie), Brianna Dallaserra (Cole) ,Jake and John Anderson; great grandchildren: Reese Dunmire, Cage, Krew, and Coye Anderson, Boone and Duke Dallaserra; sisters Margaret Wiley and Carol Turner; cousins Jim and Glenna Simpson, Randi Simpson, and Judy Simpson, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to sincerely thank Sheena Hensley and the Senior Solutions staff for the wonderful care that they provided to Mom and Dad and especially Madison Dyer, who formed a special bond with both of them.
Due to Covid a private family service will be held this Saturday and a celebration of life honoring Maxine and Carl may be announced at a later date.
Contributions in Maxine’s name may be sent to The Paul Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Alexander Blewett III School of Law, The University of Montana FOUNDATION, P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807.
Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Maxine. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Maxine and her family.
Read the thoughts and memories, then feel free to add your own.
Penny McElroy says
Rick, Mike, Jim and families,
Jon and I are so very sorry to hear about your Mom and Dad. What great people. Please know we are thinking of you all at this sad time. Let us know if you need anything.
Lisa Sullivan says
Rick, Mike and Jim,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mother and father were such amazing people and will truly be missed. Cherish the memories you’ve made throughout the years!
Bob & Carol Sullivan and family
Lori Dye says
Andersons-it’s so sad to think that both Carl and Max are gone, but so beautiful that they were not separated for very long. I will always remember the first time I met Max, I couldn’t believe how much Kristy looked like her Gram. I will also never forget how she taught me to make homemade chicken noodle soup at the cabin. She relived memories of her and her friend Flora cooking together. I loved hearing all stories she had to tell. Maxine was a gem.
Darrel Ranf says
Jim and Shelly,
I’m so sorry that you have lost both of your loving parents within just a fews days. They were always very kind to me whenever we talked at the Hanging Five. We spoke mostly of you and Colt. They were very proud of you and always smiled ear to ear whenever talking about you. I know they will be missed. You and your family are in my prayers.
Sanded and Jim mcKenna says
Dear Anderson family, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. We count ourselves so blessed to have spent time with your parents whenever we were with Art and Eileen Tucker. What a special bond they had and we had the benefit of hearing great stories and much laughter between them. They were all part of the greatest generation.
Tom Martello says
Rick, Mike, Jim, and families. So sorry for the loss of your parents. Two of the classiest people I have met. Many thoughts and prayers to you all.
Linda Trevenna says
Reading the obituaries for Carl and Maxine is like a novel of two people who shared a full and wonderful life together and now in a miraculous way are continuing to share their after-life together. All of you have been blessed in a special way to have shared so much with them and to know they are both at peace with each other still.
Lisa and Tony Orizotti says
Tony and Lisa Orizotti send our sincere sympathies to all of you. Carl and Maxine were two of the most loved people in Butte. They always had smiles to share. They were both such wonderful role models for your family, but also for everyone else. We know you will cherish beautiful memories. They are now watching over all of you and Heaven just added two amazing angels to the team. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless You!
Julie Bushmaker says
Bob and I send our sympathy and love. What great parents, grandparents they were. Loved seeing them cheering on the hockey teams. Know they made great memories for you all.
Joseph Morris says
JOE & SALLIE MORRIS
We send our sympathies for your loss. As long time friends we will miss them. As bad it is to lose both your parents just days apart God wanted them together. We go back to the Great Falls days. All you boys can be thankful that you had them as parents. Take care stay safe and if we can help let us know.
Richard Smith says
My deepest sympathy to all my cousin’s . Carl and Maxine were the best every Christmas and Butte football games we got together.Sad as we grew older the visit’s were far between,but I will always remember Maxine’s voice and Carl’s shining smile .Also Rick ,Mike ,and Jim we use to see each other a lot when young boy’s my blessing to you all and your families.Couldn’t have had any better Parents happy they are in heaven as they were on earth.
Jan Petritz says
Rick, Mike, Jim and family members,
We were sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept our condolences. My fondest memories of growing up on South Drive included Carl and Maxine who were a much loved part of the village that helped raise us!
Jan and Bob Petritz
LuAnne Couture says
Rick, Mike and Jim….on behalf of our remaining Couture family members~ Cathy, Rob, and LuAnne….we send you our condolences and prayers on the loss of your parents. It was very nice to be able to view the Celebration of Life you held!! That was such a wonderful memorial for your folks. We have many fond memories of you and your Dad and Mom. I will attempt to fwd the video so Mom and Rob can view it. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers ~ LuAnne