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OBITUARY - MAXINE GRACE (STETZLER) HALL

Maxine Grace STETZLER was born March 5, 1910 to William Fred STETZLER and Carrie Belle (ECKLEY) STETZLER at their farm home near Kellerton, Iowa. She died September 21, 1999 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa at the age of 89 years, six months and 16 days.

Maxine attended country school with her three sisters and brother near their home and graduated from Kellerton high school in 1928.

She graduated from Simpson College in 1932 with a degree in public education and planned to teach, but teaching jobs were scarce during the Depression. She returned for a short time to Kellerton with her mother and gave piano lessons and then went to Kansas City where she gave piano and voice lessons at Jenkins Music Company. Later she had her own music studio and also gave lessons from her home.

In 1938 her mother came to live with her and she cared for her for 17 years.

Always interested in bettering herself, she attended University of Kansas and received her masters degree in music.

She married Ted HALL in 1952 and they lived at Lutie, Missouri where she taught piano and voice at College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri, and when they moved to St. Charles, Missouri she taught English and music in the public high school.

Upon returning to Kansas City to live she resumed classes from her home and also graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in counseling. She retired from Pleasant Green high school, Kansas City, Kansas as an educational counselor in June of 1993.

She cared for her invalid sister, Vesta, for 17 years.

Maxine accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior as a young girl at Kellerton Methodist Church and wherever she went, her church membership went with her. She found joy in serving her Lord in many ways including singing in or directing choirs, playing the organ or piano and even writing Christmas cantatas for their use.

She published a book of poems, "A Trilogy of Verse" and several works of poetry and music which are copyrighted.

She was an active member of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. and had recently received the Topeka Sunflower Award in a composition contest sponsored by this organization. Her winning entry was a musical selection, "In Defense of Roses."

She was a past president of Kansas City Musical Club, past secretary of Bel Canto, was an over 50 year member of Mu Phi Epsilon and was president of Moment Musical where she made many dear friends. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge.

Left to moum her passing are five nephews, Donald POORE of Kellerton, Iowa, Duane POORE of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Raymond BENTCH of Graham, North Carolina, Russell BENTCH of Grain Valley, Missouri and Allan STETZLER of Independence, Missouri; two nieces, Darlene MORGAN of Mount Ayr and Ellen BOZICK of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; and a host of grand-nieces and grand-nephews plus many friends.MO< Services were at the United Methodist Church in Kellerton on Friday, September 24, 1999 with Pastor Rick HAWKINS officiating. Musicians were Louise MEADOWS, Pam POORE and Cindy STEPHENS and casketbearers were Doug POORE, Clint POORE, Ron MORGAN, Ken STEPHENS, Neil MORGAN and Gary WIECHMAN.

Interment was in the Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

SOURCE: genealogybuff.com

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2010

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