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Maxine Isabel Anderson died July 29, 2012, at the age of 98, in her home in Brookline, MA, with her daughter and granddaughter at her side. She was the eldest of 5 children born to George Hamilton Stillson and Priscilla Margaret Patterson. Maxine was born in 1914 in Port Townsend, WA, and lived with her family in Seattle until her parents tried their hand at ranching in Californias Napa Valley in 1925. In 1929, her father moved the family to Crockett, CA where he became the chief chemical engineer for C&H Sugar. Maxine and her younger brothers and sister graduated from John Swett High School (Maxine winning the high school tennis championship at age 16) and she subsequently worked the soda fountain in the Crockett drug store to pay her tuition at the University of California in Berkeley. At Cal she met and married another student, Henry Randolph Anderson, and in the years between 1938 and 1949 they had 4 children: Clifford Hamilton Anderson, Maxine Karen Anderson, Nelson Jeffrey Anderson, and Julie Priscilla Anderson. By the end of WWII, the Anderson family moved to Pasadena, CA, and then Altadena, where all 4 children remember their big house and summer night games of Capture the Flag. Henry and Maxine last moved to Orinda, CA, in 1959 and remained there until after Henry passed away in December 2001. Maxine was proudest of her role as wife, mother and grandmother, but in addition to rearing an active family, Maxine helped create a student bookstore and a career counseling center at Miramonte High School in Orinda, where her youngest 3 children graduated. She also worked as a pre-school teacher for many years, and, remarkably in her 70s she took a rigorous course in teaching the Bible at the Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church. She taught classes there for many years in the late 1980s, and was a beloved confidante of many of the clergy and parishioners. In 2001, Henry died at the age of 89, and within the year Maxine moved to Goddard House in Brookline, Ma. The move to the east coast at age 87 was difficult, but in the next 10 years she became a central part of a warm community there. She also regularly attended church at the United Parish in Brookline, generously supporting their growth and outreach efforts. She had a lifelong love of music, teaching and modeling for all of her children a deep appreciation of the importance of music in our lives. She became an enthusiastic supporter of Bostons Coro Allegro, attending their concerts over the years with great delight. In May of 2011 Maxine celebrated her 97th birthday in a wonderful family reunion with her all children and their loving spouses, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren gathered. Her ashes will be interred at Forest Hills Cemetery in a private family gathering. She is pre-deceased by her eldest son Cliff (who died on March 15, 2012), and survived by her children Maxine, now living in Seattle and Vashon Island, WA; Nelson now living in Carmel, CA; and Julie, in Brookline, MA; grandchildren Michael Anderson of Somerville, MA; Kathryn Anderson of San Antonio, TX; Katrina Anderson, Jeff Anderson and Dane.Anderson of San Diego, CA; Phoebe Anderson-Kline of Brookline, MA; and great-grandchildren Abigail Williams, Carter Williams, and Jackson Anderson. A memorial service for Maxine will be held at the United Parish in January, 2013. Donations in her honor may be sent to either the United Parish Church, 210 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446, or to Coro Allegro, coroallegro.org.

Published in The Brookline Tab from Aug. 15 to Aug. 22, 2012
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