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DOWNEY – Maxine Laura Richey (Stenerson), born in Chadron, Neb., on June 6, 1919, passed away at home in Downey on Aug. 8 of cancer.
She was born to Roy L. and Cecilia E. (Bromley) Richey (now deceased). The family moved to California in approximately 1929.
Maxine eventually moved to Long Beach and worked as a beautician at the Beauty Nook for several years. During that time she met Ivan Stenerson and they wed in November 1947.
The couple moved to Downey in 1952 where they raised their son, Paul (deceased), and daughter, Gail. The family was involved in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and Maxine was a constant volunteer with the Downey PTA, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Christ Lutheran Church and the Downey Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.
Maxine is survived by a daughter, Gail Stenerson Griffith; grandson, Bryan Griffith, third cousin, Norma (George) Petterson, nephew, Scott Richey; niece, Lisa Richey; many Richey cousins in California and Colorado; and Stenerson family members in Wisconsin.
A public memorial service and celebration of life will be held Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Downey. Pastor Nancy Ham will officiate.
Published: August 18, 2011 – Volume 10 – Issue 18