Maxine Millette


Maxine Millette, 87, of Vermillion, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

Mom was born Mary Maxine Trudeau on Feb. 24, 1924 in Elk Point, to Leo and Vera (Rosenberger) Trudeau. She moved to rural Vermillion as a child and attended and graduated from the University High School. In later years she was active in organizing the school reunions. She married our dad, Lowell Christopherson on June 27, 1945 at Fort Sill Oklahoma. Soon Dad was a POW and she welcomed him home after 10 months of prison camp.

They farmed in the Vermillion and Greenfield areas raising myself, Patricia Hartman,(Sioux Falls) and my brother David (Mary Lou) Christopherson, (Vermillion). Dad died in 1975 and a few years later mom married an old high school classmate, Robert Millette. Both Lowell and Robert preceded her in death as well as her grandparents, parents, and a sister, Dorothy Marcotte.

Maxine is survived by two brothers, Dick (Marlene) Trudeau of Mitchell, and Jim (Marilyn) Trudeau of Sturgis; five grandchildren, David Hartman, Chad, Wade and Jay Christopherson and Becky VanTassel; and eight great-grandchildren, Justine, Hailey, Shelby, Cole, Hunter, Hannah, Hayden and Reganne, who thrilled her with their presence.

Mom loved her ceramic shop she operated for many years, knitting, crocheting, oil painting, playing cards and dominoes, feeding her birds and squirrels, watching Fox News, reading, coffee (two splenda and one creamer) or lunch with friends and overseeing her yard and flowers. She loved her farm life and beloved pets.

Mom was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, VFW Auxiliary and the Senior Citizens Center. All of us that knew and loved mom appreciated her quick ability to share opinion, honesty, independence, and her love for life, country, church and family.

Funeral mass was 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 13 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, with burial following in the Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation began at 5 p.m. Tuesday, at the church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. with a Catholic Daughters rosary prior to the service.

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