Maxine Peebles, passed away December 7, 2018 from injuries sustained in a tragic motor vehicle accident outside Roswell, New Mexico.
She married William L. Peebles in 1960 who preceded her in death by one year. Maxine was born October 27, 1937 on a farm outside Herndon, Kansas. She was the daughter of Robert Lee and Hattie E. (Schmidt) Olson. She graduated from Decatur Community High School in Oberlin, Kansas in 1955 and attended Kansas State University.
She entered the Mercy Nursing Program in Denver, Colorado in 1956 which is where she first met William. She became a registered nurse and then married Bill on December 17, 1960 in Kansas at the Oberlin Covenant Church.
They first settled in Pueblo, Colorado, then moved to Rapid City, South Dakota and finally back to Denver, CO in 1964. Denver was both a home, and her home base for travel over the next 54 years.
Maxine had always wanted to be a nurse. Her no-nonsense bedside manner was felt by both her patients and family. Through her humor and organization, she eventually became the head of the floor of the rehab unit at Spalding in Denver. She continually would retire, and then return back to work until she was in her 70s. She was the perpetual nurse.
She also loved to travel near and far, having seen the world with Bill. Yearly they would take trips and come home with a wider view of our planet. She even looked forward to road trips across America in her final years.
Her zest for life continued as a grandma who loved her granddaughters, windsurfing around the world, attending theater productions, and having get-togethers with family and friends. She cherished the beauty of her and Bill’s winter home in the desert of Arizona, and adored Estes Park, calling the mountains her “holy place.” She loved life until her last day.
Maxine is survived by her brothers Robert and Dale Olson; her three daughters, Sheri (Martin) Steinemann, Sheila Peebles, and Karen Peebles; two grandchildren, Karin Waters and Lia Steinemann; and her many nephews and nieces. All of these she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Keith Olson.
Her celebration of life will be May 25, at 11:00 a.m. at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church.
Contributions made be made to Estes Park Health, www.givetoeph.org; or Christ Community Church, CCC, PO Box 564, Hoxie, KS 67740.
Please visit www.allnuttestespark.com to leave a message to the family.