Maxine Karnes, 96, Overbrook: March 24, 1921 – Oct. 4, 2017 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Maxine Karnes, 96, Overbrook: March 24, 1921 – Oct. 4, 2017

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Maxine Karnes, 96, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at the Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born on March 24, 1921, on the family farm east of Overbrook, Kan., the daughter of John and Bertha Howard Desque.

Maxine had lived all of her life around Overbrook until 1991, when she moved into town. She attended Enterprise School until fifth grade, then graduated from eighth grade at the Lickskillet School, and graduated from Overbrook High School in 1939. She farmed with her husband, Wilson, driving grain trucks and feeding hay crews through the years. She was a member of the Overbrook United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, was an organizer and member of the Busy Bee Club, and was a member of the Thimble C​lub and Canasta Club. Maxine loved dancing, cooking, baking, quilting and embroidery work.

On Oct. 2, 1940, Maxine married Wilson Karnes. To this union two daughters were born, Joyce and Karen.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson, in April 1999; by her daughter, Karen Stahel, on Nov. 19, 2002, and by her parents, John and Bertha.

Maxine is survived by her daughter, Joyce (Forest) James, of Coppell, Texas; three grandchildren, Brian James, Coppell, Curtis (Kim) Stahel, Overbrook, and Laurie Dewey, Carbondale, Kan.; and five great-grandchildren, Grayson and Avery James, Coppell, and Brandon, Derek and Lakin Stahel, Overbrook.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at the Overbrook United Methodist Church, 1005 N. Maple St., Overbrook. Burial will be in the Overbrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Overbrook Library, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at

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