Maxine C Peavler (Erickson) died peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Woods Cross, UT due to complications from pneumonia and age. She was 87 years old.
Born on April 6, 1934, in Osmond, Wyoming, Maxine was the oldest child born to Leslie Charles and Velda Ella (Chadwick) Erickson. Her formative years were spent in Osmond surrounded by many cousins, aunts, and uncles. Her childhood stories always included her cousins who were also her classmates and friends. Mom loved going to dances, dating, and playing games with her friends and family. She graduated from Star Valley High School in May 1952. She loved her siblings and enjoyed spending time with them and talking to them as often as she could. Being the oldest she always felt she was their second mother, and they reciprocated that sentiment.
Maxine went on her first date with James (Jack) Peavler March 17, 1949. In her life story Maxine wrote, “. . .[W]e went together for 3 years and 4 months and we were married 22 July 1952.” Maxine and James were married for 67 years. To their eternal union were born four children: Nancy Gaye, John Leslie, Ruby Maxine, and Virginia May.
Reading was Maxine’s favorite pastime. She always read to her children. Her love of books was instilled into her children and grandchildren. Her favorite books were ones with happy endings and of course the scriptures. Mom read the scriptures several times through, always following and completing The Church’s Sunday School reading rotations. She also loved find-a-word puzzles and hidden picture pages. She worked on find-a-word puzzles up until four days before she died. Mom’s other love was genealogy. In the 1970s she started researching to find out more about the Peavler family. James was proud of how hard she worked to find more about his father’s family. Through her efforts she found three generations of the Peavler family passed her father-in-law. The Peavler research continues in her children and her Peavler nieces and nephews. She loved playing board games. Her two favorite games were Rack-o and Chinese Checkers.
Maxine was an avid Utah Jazz fan. She watched every game she could. For the last five years she was able to attend at least one home game each season with some of her grandchildren. One of the highlights of these game was meeting Thurl Bailey. She got a picture with him and got his autograph; this was one of her favorite memories. Her family will miss watching and cheering the games with her.
Mom’s greatest love was that of being a wife and mother. She loved being a homemaker. One of her best talents was being organized. She lived by the motto, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” She loved being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was always proud of her posterity’s accomplishments. She loved all children and they loved her back. One of Maxine’s favorite things to do was to send birthday, anniversary, and Christmas cards. She inherited her sense of humor from her father; she loved to tease and pull small pranks.
At the age of 14, Maxine was called to serve as the ward Sunday School secretary; she served in this calling until she was 18 years old. This began a lifelong of service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many callings throughout her life including visiting teaching supervisor, Relief Society teacher, Relief Society President, visiting teacher, Young Women’s counselor, and Young Women’s President. Her favorite callings were in the Primary. She served in the Primary for 22 years, including teacher, counselor, secretary, and president.
Maxine is survived by her children: Nancy (Frank) Boynton, John (JoAnn) Peavler, Ruby Sadler, and Virginia (Dennis) Pratt; Grandchildren: Julie (Jimmy Griffin) Boynton, Lori Boynton, Jessica (Terry) Stoskopf, John S. (Claire) Peavler, Leslie Peavler, Samantha (Nate) Koyle, Melissa (Dan) Jensen, Parker (Danae) Pratt, Joshua Pratt, and Stanley Sadler; and 8 great-grandchildren: Raeann Boynton, Lucus, Jack, Melody, Viktoria Ann, DeMar, Aurora, and Emilia Rose. Her siblings: Verlene (George) Herd, Georgel Erickson, Kim (Lynn) Erickson, Noma (Bill) Baetge, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her eternal companion of 67 years James Peavler, her parents Leslie and Velda Erickson, her brothers Chad Erickson and O’Dell Erickson; her sister Rickelle G. Brown, and her son-in-law Paul Sadler.
The family wishes to thank Aspire Hospice and their staff for the love and care they showed for Maxine; a special thanks to nurse Holly Bowerman for her love and dedication.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Woods Cross 7th Ward church house, 2064 South 800 West, Woods Cross, UT 84087. There will be a viewing one hour (10 am to 11 am) prior to the service in the Relief Society room. Interment at the Ben Lomand Cemetery, North Ogden, Utah.
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