N. Maxine Fanning, 92, Melvern: March 4, 1922 – Feb. 5, 2015

MELVERN – N. Maxine Fanning, 92, passed away Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at the Midland Hospice House, in Topeka.

She was born March 4, 1922, the daughter of Edward Orton and Emma Armetta (Rutledge) Irey. She attended Fairview No. 45 country school near Halls Summit, through eighth grade, and then attended Waverly High School, graduating in 1940.

On June 9, 1940, Maxine was united in marriage to Junior Fanning, in Waverly. The couple farmed and raised cattle and hogs. In 1945, they purchased a farm east of Melvern; Maxine stayed on the farm until September 2001, when she moved into Melvern. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the UMW in Melvern, and she was very active in EHU and many community events. Maxine and Junior were members of the Waverly Square Dance Club and really enjoyed dancing and traveling to the other clubs, especially with sister and husband.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Junior, on Jan. 17, 1987; by her parents; her brother, Roy Irey; her sister, Wilma James, and son-in-law Larry Allen.

Maxine is survived by her four daughters, Meveline Allen, Staples, Texas, Brenda (Ron) Clark, Clinton, Mo., Venita (Dennis) Norton, Williamsburg, Kan. and Cheryl (Gene) Hogan, Lane, Kan.; two sisters-in-law, Collen Rice, and JoAnn Arb and Howard, all of Melvern; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Maxine will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Melvern United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in the Melvern Cemetery.

Memorials contributions may be made to the Melvern United Methodist Church or the Melvern Community Center. Online condolences may be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.


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