Maxine Ridenhour Douglas

Maxine Ridenhour Douglas, 100, of Kansas City, Mo., and formerly of Dongola, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.

Born on Oct. 16, 1917, in Dongola, she and her husband, Carroll Eugene Douglas, moved to Kansas City after he returned from serving in the Navy during World War II. He preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 1983, after 48 years of married life together.

Maxine R. Douglas was a beautiful, caring, intelligent and giving woman who was dearly loved, admired and respected by all who knew her. She was a great cook, who graciously shared recipes for her world class lasagna, potato soup, banana cream pies and more.

Although an avid reader, she still found time to serve as a PTA president and a Cub Scout leader. While in Dongola, she was active in the Eastern Star and loved playing bridge with her many friends.

Survivors include her son, James Douglas (Betty); daughter Diane Carol Stewart (Mark); granddaughter Dianna Lynn Schuster (Randy); grandsons Michael James McMillin (Chris), Jeffrey Jon McMillin (Angel), Michael Lee Douglas Jr. (Beth); seven great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Her parents Harry and Ruth (Walker) Ridenhour preceded her in death, as well as her son, Michael L. Douglas Sr., granddaughter Mary Elizabeth Douglas, brother Harold Ridenhour (Laverne), and sisters Betty Lou Grear (John), Anita Severs (Don) and Joanne Ridenhour.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the American Legion Cemetery in Dongola. Confirmation of services was pending family travel.

Crain Funeral Home in Dongola is in charge of local arrangements.

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