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Maxine C. Weston

1921 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Maxine C. Weston Obituary
MAXINE COCHRAN WESTON Maxine C. Weston died peacefully at Paradise Hospice House on August 1, 2016. She was born to Thelma Cochran Stephens and Francis Joseph Stephens on March 14, 1921 in Timpas, Colorado. Her parents were telegraph operators who worked on the railroads in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and California. They divorced when she was 3 years old. With 2 children to support and one on the way, her mother moved to Midlake in the middle of the Great Salt Lake where she worked until Maxine was 7 years old. The family moved to Lucin, Utah where Maxine attended a one-room school. From there they moved to many small towns in Utah and Nevada where Maxine attended one-room schools. When Maxine was in 5th grade, the family moved to Wendel, CA where she attended another one-room school. Later she rode 53 miles each day to Lassen Union High School where she graduated as Valedictorian. She then went on to Lassen Junior College, again graduating as Valedictorian. In 1942, she graduated from Chico State College with a teaching credential. She moved to Quincy, CA to teach 7th and 8th grades. Meanwhile, she attended classes at Chico State to earn her administration credential, and then became the Principal of Quincy Elementary School and three schools in the Feather River Canyon. She married Robert Weston, a local banker, in 1948. They then moved to Chico where she taught at Aymer Jay Hamilton Demonstration School. She later taught at Parkview School and became the Reading Consultant for Chico Unified. She also taught teacher education classes at Chico State. She continued her education the University of Utah, Casper College, San Jose State and received her Library Science degree at Denver University. Butte County Superintendent of Schools hired her as the first Butte County School Librarian to set up libraries in the schools. When Federal funds became available, she wrote grants for many schools in northern California and established a central processing center in Oroville to catalog the many materials purchased. She also originated the Tri-County Library group and received the Librarian of the Year award in 1970, as well as awards from schools where she had written grants. Maxine was an active member and past President of Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society for women in education. She was also an active member of California Retired Teachers, Quincy Chapter of the Eastern Star, Chico Friends of the Library, a charter active member of Aldersgate Methodist Church and a Life Honorary Member of the Parent Teachers Association. At retirement in 1980, she volunteered at convalescent homes, Chico Public Library, Chico Junior High School Library, Pleasant Valley High School, reading for the blind at Chico State, The Shop of the American Cancer Society, The Food Locker and tutored elementary school students. She was an avid reader and loved working crossword puzzles, dancing and playing bridge and pinochle where she cherished many good friends. She and her husband, Bob, travelled the world and backpacked many backwoods trails. Although Maxine never had any children, her students became her children. Maxine's two brothers, Max and Harry Dean, her mother and father, and her niece, Louise, preceded her in death. She is survived by her two nieces, Marylee and Kate, her two nephews, Rex and Lee, her great-nieces, Kayla, Brittany, and Robin. Her great-nephews, Weston, Alan and Alex. She is also survived by two God children, her dearest friends, Marge and Krystina and many dear friends. Her ashes will be interred at the Chapel of the Pines Rose Garden in Santa Rosa by the side of her beloved husband. A Memorial Service will be conducted at Aldersgate Methodist Church, Chico, CA on August 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Kindly make any memorial contributions to Aldersgate Methodist Church, Paradise Hospice House or Lassen High School.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2016
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