Maxine Thrasher
1928 - 2020
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Maxine Thrasher

Surprise - Maxine Long Thrasher, 91, passed away peacefully at her home in Surprise, Arizona on Friday, May 8, 2020. Maxine was a God-fearing woman. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Born in Bay Minette, Alabama on October 24, 1928, her family moved to Miami, AZ where she graduated from Miami High School as Valedictorian of her class. Maxine met Conley Thrasher in Tempe, AZ. They were married on March 7, 1952 and had 62 wonderful years together while raising two sons and a daughter. They owned West End Store in Tolleson, Arizona for 15 years, and Maxine later worked for Arizona Agrochem/Chemonics until she retired in 1990. Maxine and Conley resided in Goodyear, Arizona before moving to Surprise, Arizona in 1994. After retirement, they enjoyed travelling to Houston, Tucson and cruise destinations with friends from Sun Village. They spent their summers in Flagstaff, Arizona, escaping the Valley heat and making many new friends. Maxine loved her Lord, Jesus Christ. She had a passion for the Sun Devils, Diamondbacks and crossword puzzles. Maxine never spent a day without working on her crossword puzzles. She also loved to sew and make beautiful crafts for her children and grandchildren. Maxine was preceded in death by her father (Walter), her mother (Lois), her husband (Conley), her son (Robert "Butch") and son-in-law (Ken). She is survived by son Dennis (Leigh Anne), daughter Janet Crow, grandsons Matt (Andrea) and Drew (Jackie), her sweet great grandchildren Ella and Henry, and her brother Ed Long (Cheryl). Maxine will be buried with Conley at the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery in Cave Creek, Arizona on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 9:30 A.M. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the memorial service will be delayed until sometime later this year.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from May 18 to May 20, 2020.
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May 21, 2020
I worked at Arizona Agrochem/Chemonics with Maxine for a number of years. I started there in highschool in the lab and was a scared 16 year old; my name was Kathy McKenzie then. Maxine was always friendly to me, even nicknamed me 'Katrina'. She made me feel welcome and helped me ease into a job that became a lifetime career. When I saw her name in the paper, I instantly zoomed back to the front office, where she had her desk. I would go there several times a day for coffee, when I got a break from my duties. It was a fond memory, and I was pleased to read that she had such a fulfilling and happy life. I have not seen her since the late 80s, but the memory warmed my heart and I thought I'd share. I am thinking of you and your family and hope that your memories warm your hearts as well.
Kathy Silcox
May 20, 2020
hen I saw her lovely face it brought back wonderful memories of our families fishing in Colorado and picnicking in the Estrellas and hanging out at Westend Store. I remember hanging out with Denny and Janet and Lynne hanging out with Butch. So many are gone now. My parents Howard and Helen played cards with Maxine and Conley. Those were wonderful times that I will always remember. My thoughts are with you and your family. May you just remember the good times. Pat Relfe Elliott.
Pat Elliott
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