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 Maxine <I>Abston</I> Bucans

Maxine Abston Bucans

Death 28 Oct 2012 (aged 89)
Burial Etna, Lincoln County, Wyoming, USA
Memorial ID 100002803 · View Source
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Maxine Abston Bucans was born Aug 6, 1923 and passed away Oct. 28, 2012. She was the second of seven children to cotton/soybean farmer parents Samuel Oliver Abston and Verdie Ayecock Abston in Tillar, Ark.
Her early life was one of work, tending the garden, younger siblings, harvesting cotton and chores. Maxine graduated high school and then secretarial college. Upon completing this education ass so many of her generation did, Maxine migrated with a sibling or two, north, in her case to Washington D.C. in search of employment and to get away from the toil of the farm. Maxine worked at a variety of jobs utilizing her secretarial training throughout the Second world War.
In 1943, Maxine met her soul mate and the love of her life, Lawrence Maxwell Bucans (Larry) in a "Chicken in the Basket" restaurant. He was 17 years her senior and as one sister lamented to their Mom "Maxine is marrying an old man!" to which Verdie retorted "Mac knows what she is doing." She sure did, as that marriage lasted 62 years, until Larry death in 2005 at the age of 98.
Maxine bore two sons, Russell Lawrence and Charles Steven, and lost a daughter to miscarriage. Maxine's family life was rooted in the Maryland suburbs of Washington. Throughout her marriage, Maxine was the caretaker, first of her sons, then after they left the nest, of her husband. She was an excellent homemaker, and worked a variety of jobs to supplement their income when necessary. Maxine always kept busy with cooking, cleaning, sewing, and crafts.
Maxine was a life long Methodist, and practiced her religion with Sunday church, "circle" meetings, and a variety of church based activities, such as bazaars, rummage sales bake sales, ect..
In 1985, Maxine had a near death illness with a disease (viral meningitis) which affected the remainder of her life.
In later life, as Larry became more and more infirm, Maxine cared for his every need. When Larry died in 2005, Maxine lived in an independent living setting in Maryland and kept busy with new friends at the home and old friends from her old neighborhood. she was a member of what they called the "neighbors club" from the old neighborhood, who met monthly at someone's house for refreshments and gossip.
In about 2007, Maxine's memory started to fail, and daily chores became unmanageably for her. Her family (Charles and his wife Connie) moved Maxine to their home in Wyoming to better care for her. at first Connie arranged a home near theirs and a caregiver but as Maxine's memory failed this became difficult. so they moved Maxine to the Legacy Assisted living facility in Thayne.
In late 2011, Maxine fell and broke her pelvis, and had to be put in the Star valley Care Center. Maxine passed away on Sunday.
Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Larry, her parents, four siblings (Jim Web) Abston, Helen (Sam) Gruber, Juan Nicholson, Jean Sterne, and Larry's son and daughter-in-law (Roger and Peggy Dee). Maxine is succeeded by two sons and their wives Russell (Judy) and Charles (Connie), many nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a couple of great great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please give as generously as you can to the Alzheimer's Foundation so we can find a treatment or cure for this most horrible disease.
A memorial and graveside ae scheduled for Saturday, Nov 3,2012 at the Star Valley United church (606 Main, Thayne) and the Etna/Alpine Cemetery.

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  • Created by: Carol STEVENS
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100002803
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maxine Abston Bucans (6 Aug 1923–28 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100002803, citing Etna Alpine Cemetery, Etna, Lincoln County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Carol STEVENS (contributor 46861595) .