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Maxine Dean Obituary
"An inspiration to many"
Maxine Miller Dean, 96, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher and an inspiration to many, died Friday, March 15, 2013 in Ephraim, Sanpete County.
She was born May 19, 1916 to John Henry and Clara Almina Hansen in St. Joseph, Ariz., a settlement that epitomized the Western frontier. The family of nine children had no running water or electricity until Maxine was in college.
She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Arizona State Teacher's College (now Northern Arizona University) in Flagstaff, Ariz.
From 1936-41, she taught elementary school in Joseph City, Globe and Winslow, Ariz. She served an LDS mission to the eastern states from 1941-43. She taught in Mesa, Ariz. from 1943-45, when she moved to Salt Lake City, where she taught at Riverside Elementary.
She married Raymond Foster Dean July 19, 1948 in the Logan LDS Temple. He died March 27, 2004.
After taking time out for her family, she returned to teaching in 1964 at Madison Elementary in South Salt Lake and finished her career at Oakwood Elementary in Holladay-Cottonwood in 1979. In all, she spent 25 years in the classroom.
Maxine and Raymond lived at 1138 Wilson Ave. in the Sugarhouse area, a home Raymond built, from 1950 to 2005, when Maxine moved to an assisted living facility in Ephraim. From 2005 until her death, she lived in various settings in Salt Lake City and Sanpete County.
Her hallmark was her advocacy of education. All of her three children and 10 grandchildren are college graduates except the youngest two, one still in college and one serving an LDS mission. Of 11 children and grandchildren who have finished college, eight have or will shortly receive graduate degrees.
After she became physically disabled, she was a voracious reader of authors ranging from Nora Ephron to Herman Melville. She won the hearts of visiting teachers and caregivers in Sanpete County with her intellect, insight, humility and class.
Survivors are children, Suzanne Dean, Ephraim; Paul R. (Christine) Dean, West Jordan; Marcia G. (Mark) Jackson, Ashburn, Va.; step-daughters, Joy (Jim) Verde, Sandy; Lyn (Dennis) Johnson, Cottonwood Heights; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are brothers and sisters, Jack Miller, Leon Miller, Joseph City, Ariz.; Carol DeWitt, Snowflake, Ariz.; and Joyce Colvin, Imbler, Ore.
Funeral services will be Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at Cottonwood Memorial Mortuary, 4670 S Highland Drive. Friends may call one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2013
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