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Maxine Facca Drewelow Gillespie
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Birth: Dec. 31, 1935
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Mar. 21, 2009
Crook County
Oregon, USA

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 19, 2010 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Prineville, Oregon with a Graveside Service following at Juniper Haven Cemetery. A Celebration of her life was at noon the same day at Meadow Lakes Golf Club.

Maxine was born on New Year's Eve in Rogers, Minnesota, the youngest of Reinhardt and Kathleen Drewelow. The family moved to Oregon when she was 10, following her Father's purchase of a ranch in Prineville on his way home to Minnesota after working in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Maxine lived in or near 10 metropolitan areas in her lifetime, including Minneapolis, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; San Francisco and Los Angeles, California; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colorado; and Chicago, Illinois. She spent most of her life in and around Washington, D.C., where she received an M.A. in Special Education from George Washington University. She joined the faculty of Georgetown University early in the 1970s.

Some of Maxine's volunteer activities included Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Hospital Auxiliary of Fairfax, Virginia; serving on the Board of Directors, Vanguard, Arlington, Virginia; overseeing treatment centers and raising funds, Phoenix Concept in Denver; homeless recovery center for men, the Board of Directors/Treasurer LAPSD, Prineville, and addressing the needs of alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health. She also volunteered at the Prineville Oasis soup kitchen and the St. Joseph's Altar Society.

Prior to her M.A., Maxine received a B.A. in Education from Marylhurst College near Portland. Most of her life, she was a teacher, mentoring many students from early childhood to college level. She treasured her years as a flight attendant with United Airlines out of Seattle, Washington, and New York City. In New York City, she met and married Aldo Facca, a New York City native and they together lived in many different areas. Aldo died in 1981. Amy Facca, Maxine's daughter, lives in Troy, New York. Her son Thomas Facca lives in Plano, Texas, with his wife Christine and sons Steven, 15, and Marc 13. She is also survived by sister Anne (Dale) Andrus of Evergreen, Colorado, and brother David (Alice) Drewelow of La Jolla, California and their children and grandchildren.

Maxine married Henry Gillespie III in 1996. Although they divorced in 2001, they continued to be devoted, supportive friends.

Maxine's great love was children, her own and others, and especially the special needs child. Her great achievement was raising funds, planning, sketching and implementing a playground for developmentally disabled children in Alexandria, Virginia, with appropriate and safe equipment.

Maxine took special delight in decorating, gardening, cooking, and entertaining her far-flung family and many friends, and shared her infectious enthusiasm, smiles, laughter, appreciation of beauty and simple pleasures, and robust enjoyment of life with everyone she met.

Contributions can be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 150 E. 1st St. Prineville, or Rebels Roost Recovery Club, at 396 Northeast 2nd Street, Prineville, OR 97754 or to the Pioneer Memorial Hospice 1201 NE Elm St Prineville, OR 97754.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Prineville Funeral Home
Family links: 
  Reinhart C. Drewelow (1901 - 1990)
  Kathleen E. Clements Drewelow (1907 - 2002)
Juniper Haven Cemetery
Crook County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Block M (Purple)
GPS (lat/lon): 44.31315, -120.85213
Created by: Charleene
Record added: Jan 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64113093
Maxine Facca <i>Drewelow</i> Gillespie
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Maxine Facca <i>Drewelow</i> Gillespie
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Maxine Facca <i>Drewelow</i> Gillespie
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People are known by the deeds they do during their lifetime. Your deeds were kind and generous, for the betterment of all. Rest Peacefully in Paradise for I know you have a special place there. With Respect,
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Dec. 20, 2014

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