Ardeth Maxwell Baber

Ardeth Maxwell Baber

Bangor, ME

Formerly of Des Moines

Ardeth Kathleen Maxwell Baber, age 80, died peacefully in her sleep on April 28, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She lives this day in paradise with her heavenly Father, her savior, Jesus Christ, and the angels of the Lord.

Ardeth Maxwell was born on March 22, 1933, in the farming town of Perry, IA. Her parents, the late Malcolm and Wilma Maxwell, instilled a strong work ethic that lasted throughout her life. Growing up, Ardeth enjoyed roughhousing and playing sports with her brothers, Don and Larry. After graduating high school in Des Moines, IA, Ardeth followed her dream to become a Registered Nurse, receiving her diploma in nursing from the University of Iowa.

During her nursing career, Ardeth became a certified rehabilitation nurse, providing skilled nursing care for patients with head injuries and other catastrophic conditions. Over the last decade of her career, Ardeth cared for injured veterans at V.A. Hospitals in Augusta, GA and Knoxville, IA.

Ardeth was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Bangor, ME. During her retirement, Ardeth was a caring friend and caregiver at My Friend's Place, an Alzheimer's respite program provided by her church, and where she served as a parish nurse. She was a regular fixture at the Free Thursday Suppers at church where she humbly worked the dish machine. She loved playing cards and did so on a weekly basis with many of her friends.

Ardeth is survived by her two sons, Brett D. Baber and his wife, Gayle of Veazie and Neil W. Baber of Boise, ID; her grandchildren, Lindsay Baber, Matthew Baber, Kristian Baber, Makenzie Baber, Krystal Miller, Ariel Baber, Elyssa Baber, Ben Ingram; her great-grandchildren, Kaylee Reed and Jordan Ingram; her brother, Larry and his wife, Sonja; a sister-in-law, Nancy Maxwell, four nieces and nephews, several cousins and many dear friends in Bangor, and around the country. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Don.

A Celebration of Christian Life will be held at First United Methodist Church on 703 Essex St., in Bangor, on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. Interment will be on June 15, at the Maxwell family grave site in Davenport, IA. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to either "My Friend's Place" care of First United Methodist Church or to "Ardeth's Team" as part of the 2013 Champion for the Cure to benefit Cancer Care at EMMC Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931.


Published in Des Moines Register on May 1, 2013