Margaret L. Maxwell, 101, Washington, died Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Centennial Homestead Nursing Home, Washington.A funeral service will be 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 20, at the Washington Presbyterian Church.Burial will be in the Washington City Cemetery.Margaret was born on the family farm north of Washington, November 6, 1916. She was the second daughter of Leslie and Hulda (Waser) Horner. Margaret worked as a clerk for many businesses in Washington, including, the ASCS office, Home Office and School Supply, and the Washington County News. Margaret was known for her “sweet” smile. During World War II, she worked at Beechcraft in Wichita as a teletype operator. She was united in marriage to Paul A. Maxwell in September of 1945. Paul was originally from Washington and they reconnected in Wichita, where he was working for Beechcraft also. Margaret was a longtime member of the Washington Presbyterian Church and served in many capacities. Margaret received a spirit award, in 1984, for supporting the school sports teams. She was a member of Eastern Star and the Modern Pioneers Study Club. A highlight of Margaret’s life was traveling to Scotland with a cousin to visit the “Maxwell Castle.” She also obtained Maxwell tartan, for a kilt, for her grandson, Doug. Margaret enjoyed good health for all but the last two years of her life and was able to celebrate birthdays in her nineties in San Francisco and New York visiting her nephews. Sheila was instrumental in keeping Margaret in her home until she was 100. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Paul in 1986; and sister, Maxine Elliott. Survivors include her son, Stephen (Sheila) Maxwell DVM, Dodge City; grandson, Douglas Paul Maxwell, Lawrence; and several nephews. A memorial fund is established to Friendly Corners or USD 108 Educational Foundation. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.
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