Betty M. (Drivstuen) Maxim

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Betty M. Maxim (Drivstuen), 82, of Bellingham, WA passed away peacefully March 7, 2014. She truly led a rich life filled with family and friends. Born and raised in Arlington, WA Betty and her two younger sisters often helped out at the Island Crossing service station owned by their parents, Ivar and Bergie Drivstuen. Betty graduated from Arlington High School in 1949 and attended Pacific Lutheran University. She married Howard Elvebach and together they had their son, Brad. Following a battle against cancer, Howard died when Brad was three years old. Following this loss, Betty and young Bradley moved to Bellingham where, with the support of family and friends, Betty earned her teaching credentials at Western. In Bellingham she was also fortunate to meet the love of her life, Gene Maxim, who was also attending Western. Together they forged a love that endured for over 50 years. Betty taught school for a few years, but her true love and lifelong commitment was raising four children and supporting Gene in his career aspirations. Gene and Betty resided many years in Monroe and retired on Whidbey Island, enjoying their waterfront home, golfing, and trips to Arizona. She was the consummate homemaker and host, but is most remembered for her baking. Through the years Betty and Gene made many friends. Betty also enjoyed traveling. Traveling to Norway to connect with relatives, exploring the San Juan Islands in the family boat, digging razor-clams on the Pacific Coast, or hooking salmon from Port Angeles to Alaska, Betty loved it all. She will also be remembered for her dedication to the well being of others. As a young bride, she cared for her first husband. When her mother and father fell ill, she was by their side. And, for ten years following Gene's stroke, she lovingly cared for him. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and she will be missed. Betty is survived by her children: Brad (Judy) Maxim, Marcie (Mike) Moore, Julie Maxim, and Tom (Orly) Maxim; and her grandchildren: Todd, Tracy, Tyler, Madison, Jack, Elan and Neri. She is also survived by her sisters, Polly Dobbs and Ilene Mackey. Gene preceded her in death. A celebration of life will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 1717 Larson Road, Silvana, Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Little White Church on the Hill, P.O. Box 100, Silvana, WA 98287.

Published in The Herald (Everett) from Mar. 26 to Mar. 30, 2014