Maxine (Kinnear) Boles
Maxine died in Albuquerque June 29, 2021, age 93. Born in Newkirk, Oklahoma to Joseph and Reba Kinnear, she graduated Wichita (Kansas) North High School and nurses' training at St. Francis Hospital. In 1948 she married Charles Edgar Boles, a US Navy veteran of WWII. With two sons they moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1957, settling in Brentwood. Maxine worked in St. Mary's Hospital and Clayton Public Schools. She made many friends and remembered them fondly in later life.
Gregarious, opinionated, and determined, Maxine overcame childhood family tragedies during the Great Depression and made a protective, loving home with her husband. Their sons were all-important to them. During her nursing career, Maxine "mothered" a Cub Scout den and helped mainstream her blind son in public schools. She learned how to write Braille and transcribed his textbooks from print to Braille. Looking back on this and many other tasks her career and motherhood brought, she said, "I loved every minute of it."
Maxine also loved the Southwest, moving to Albuquerque in 2004. With one son and his 1951 Kaiser she joined the Old Car Club of Albuquerque. They made many excursions to car shows, scenic and historic places, and found more friends.
Maxine's husband, parents, and four siblings including her twin sister Maurine predeceased her, as did nephew Stephen Love and niece Patricia Post. She is survived by sons Mark and Edgar Boles (Michele Minnis), niece Terryl Shouba (Jack), nephews Daniel (RenÃ©e) and Michael Dye, and several grand-nieces and nephews including Pilar and Newell Washburn. Also dear to her were Kim Alexander Johnson (Bob) and Bo Alexander (Julie), children of a nephew of her husband, and in-laws Robert Minnis and Doris Hellinghausen.
The family thanks medical providers at Presbyterian hospitals, hospice teams at Roadrunner Healthcare and Ambercare, and all staff at Ambassadors of Care and The Village at Alameda. A private memorial gathering is being planned, as is a cenotaph in Sunset Memorial Park. Maxine's remains will join her husband's at the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery in Greeneville, Tennessee.
Published by Albuquerque Journal from Jul. 25 to Jul. 26, 2021.