Maxine Annabelle McClenny/Rasmussen died Oct. 18, 2003 in Payson. She was born Jan. 9, 1928 in Ajo. She attended grade school through high school in Ajo, and studied at Arizona State University.
She was the mother of five children: Vicki Dietz, Lora Dahl, Robin McCroskey, Susan Simpkins and Robert Smith II. She has 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She returned to Ajo after a career as an Air Force wife, living in the Philippines, Japan, Okinawa and other air bases in the United States. She worked for the Superintendent of Schools at Ajo Curley School until she moved to Tempe to work for the dean of engineering at ASU as an administrative secretary. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She again returned to Ajo where she worked as a real estate agent and was the administrator for the Ajo Community Clinic.
She was honored in Washington, D.C. for administration of the nation's Outstanding Rural Clinic, and was instrumental in the formation of the Ajo Ambulance Service. She retired in 1992 to manage the AHO Pines Travel Park in Lakeside, originally operated by her mother, Geneva McClenny, with her sister, Geraldine and brother-in-law, Jack Petersen.
She moved to Payson in 1999 to be closer to her children.
Her sister Geraldine preceded her in death in December of 2002.
Memorial services are planned for 1 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Federated Church in Ajo. She will be interred at the Ajo Cemetery following the reception. For more information, please contact Vicki Dietz at 928-474-6603.
Donations can be made to RTA Hospice and Palliative Care, 107 E. Frontier St., Payson, AZ 85541.
Arrangements by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.