OBITUARY ~ MARY "MAXINE" RAMSEY LaFOLLETTE
August 23, 1924 ~ September 10, 2011
Mary Maxine (RAMSEY) LaFOLLETTE was born on August 23, 1924, and went to Heaven on September 10, 2011 at the age of 87.
Maxine attended a variety of rural elementary and High Schools in Clarke and Decatur Counties. In 1941, while attending
Kellerton High School, she lettered in basketball. Their team won 24 out of the 26 games played that season. Maxine
graduated from Osceola High School in 1943.
She attended Simpson College in Indianola to earn her teaching degree. She taught for nearly ten years in several
different country schools in Clarke and Decatur Counties.
Maxine and Ron were married in Osceola, Iowa at the Assembly of God parsonage, on May 20, 1949. Maxine quit teaching
in 1953 after the birth of her first child, and Ron started working at Firestone. They moved to Des Moines soon after,
where both of their sons were born. The family attended the Foursquare Church, where she taught Sunday School. Maxine
sang in a trio, and later taught all of her children to sing harmony and play instruments.
Although Maxine struggled with Parkinson's, she still enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, camping, collecting dolls,
and attending music festivals. She still performed whenever prompted right up to one week prior to her death.
Maxine enjoyed her life as a wife, mother and grandmother, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joe (Ardis) RAMSEY, Leonard (Amye) RAMSEY, Dale (Jean) RAMSEY,
Douglas (Wayva) RAMSEY, and Jimmy; sisters Bernice (Frank) COLLINS and Genevieve (Ernest) HARGER; brother-in-laws
Don LaFOLLETTE and Cliff LaFOLLETTE; sister-in-law Helen LaFOLLETTE; and nephews Don RAMSEY, Carl RAMSEY, David
LaFOLLETTE, Greg LaFOLLETTE and Roger LaFOLLETTE.
She is survived by her husband, Ron; brother-in-law Clyde LaFOLLETTE of LaPorte, IN; sister-in-law, Virginia
LaFOLLETTE of Michigan City, IN; daughter, Londa Sue SWAIM of Osceola; sons Rande (Julie) LaFOLLETTE of Des Moines,
and Monte (Garla) LaFOLLETTE of Osceola; granddaughter, Michele (Donald) BILLINGTON; grandsons, Blake, Tyler, Hunter,
Brady, Cole and Riley LaFOLLTTE; great-grandsons, Zachary BILLINGTON and Guy (Boo) BILLINGTON, and great-granddaughter
Gracie ANSLEY;, many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as treasured friends.
Memorials to be made to Leon Assembly of God Church
Visitation at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at Kale Funeral Home (Osceola Chapel) 301 S. Main St.
Osceola Iowa 50213. Funeral services held 10:30 am on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at LifePoint Assembly of God Church
801 N. Fillmore St. Osceola Iowa 50213. Interment was made at Van Wert Cemetery, Van Wert. Kale Funeral Home of
Osceola was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2011
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