Maxine E. Bledsoe, 95, Carbondale: Oct. 25, 1920 – Dec. 26, 2015

122715-Maxine-Bledsoe-14512CARBONDALE, Kan. – Maxine E. Bledsoe, 95 of Carbondale, Kan., passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at Stormont Vail Hospital, in Topeka, Kan. She was born Oct. 25, 1920, on the family farm near Carbondale, the daughter of Cloy Alvin and Susie Anise (Gibbs) Rishel.

She grew up and attended Ridgeway Grade School and later graduated from Carbondale High School.

Maxine was united in marriage to Clark Earl Bledsoe on Feb. 5, 1941, in Topeka. They shared more than 66 years of marriage before the death of her husband on Sept. 29, 2007.

Maxine was the homemaker and the wife of a farmer. She was a great quilter, she made quilts for most of her family. She enjoyed gardening, canning and raising chickens. She enjoyed going to the senior citizen center at Burlingame, Kan.; the Jolly Neighbors Club in southern Shawnee and northern Osage counties; and senior citizens at Berryton United Methodist Church. She enjoyed and looked forward to the family gatherings at her home which happened frequently.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Helen Crook; brother, Harold Rishel; and two sisters, Ruth Hase and Helen Snyder.

She is survived by two sons, Darrell Bledsoe and wife, Marilyn, of Berryton, Kan., and Gary Bledsoe and wife, Sue, Carbondale; a son-in-law, Ted Crook, Carbondale; nine grandchildren, David (Lisa) Crook, Matt (Diedra) Crook, Amy (Kevin) Safarik, Andy Crook, John (Katie) Bledsoe, Jenifer Bledsoe, Joshua Bledsoe, Shelly (John Wu) Bledsoe and Amber Bledsoe; 11 great-grandchildren, Michelle Crook, Faith (H’Enrie) Williams, Michael Crook, Danielle (Austin) Reser, Steven Crook, Claire Crook, Evan Craig, Ethan Ansell, Mya Moran, Natalie Wu and Nathan Wu; and two step great-grandchildren, Brock Safarik and Brayden Safarik.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Grace Community Church, 310 E. Eighth Street, Overbrook. Burial will follow at Ridgeway Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. before the service at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Johnson Cancer Center at Kansas State University, and may be sent in care of Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524.Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com.

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