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Maxine Louise (Runkle) Blickenstaff, 92

Maxine Louise (Runkle) Blickenstaff, 92, passed away at Laclede Groves Nursing Home, St. Louis, Missouri on August 25, 2013.

Maxine was born October 31, 1921 in Lafayette, Indiana to Floyd and Ethel Runkle. In 1942 Maxine graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Botany. That same year she married Carl Curtiss Blickenstaff, also a graduate of Purdue with a degree in Entomology. They had four children: Rebecca Ann, Jan Peter, Bronwyn, and David Carl. Maxine and Carl moved the family from Indiana to Iowa, to Liberia Africa, Georgia, Missouri, Maryland, Montana, and Idaho (as required by Carl's career with the US Dept. of Agriculture). Maxine took great satisfaction in her additional travels to Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Israel, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, and more. Her other passion was genealogy and she produced a definitive 300-year history of the Blickenstaff family. She also self published a memoir about the family's years in Liberia.

Maxine is survived by her brother Kenneth A. Runkle 89 of Lafayette and her children: Rebecca Ann Birnie 69 of Columbia, Maryland; Jan Peter Blickenstaff 66 of Waco, Texas; Bronwyn Logan 65 of Columbia, Missouri; and David Carl Blickenstaff 64 of Lake Ozark, Missouri as well as seven grandchildren and three great grandchild.

Maxine will be buried at Isley Cemetery , Lafayette, Indiana in a private ceremony in October. Gifts may be given in her memory to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

In addition to her pursuit of world travel and family history, Maxine was also a fiber artist, craftsperson, and skilled Master Weaver.

"Like warp and woof and twine, each crossing defines the design.

And tho in places frayed and worn, the fabric remains untorn."

And tho the miles may separate us, our love for you endures.

With warmth and fond affection, we are truly yours."

Love Rebecca, Jan, Bronwyn, and David.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 2013
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