A private family service will be held. The family invites friends to join them for a Celebration of Maxine’s Life beginning at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, July 18, 2020, at the Newton American Legion. Memorials to the Jasper County Senior Citizens’ Center can be left at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton or sent to the family.
Maxine, the daughter of Ivan Earl and Barbara Ann (Bunce) Gardner, was born January 1, 1947, in Des Moines. She graduated from high school and attended community college for accounting. She had worked for the school district in Anchorage, AK for several years before she returned to Iowa. She worked for Yellowbook in Cedar Rapids for 10 years, retiring in 2007. She had also worked for a law firm in Newton. Maxine was united in marriage with Michael James Brickner on June 28, 1997, in Newton. She enjoyed camping, traveling the world, and spending time with her friends.
Maxine is survived by her sons, David Arrowood (Denise) of Newton and Dan Arrowood (Robin) of Newton; 4 grandchildren: Christina Mericle (Kyle) of Altoona, Kasie Holbrook (TJ) of Colorado, Dannielle McGhghy (Josh) of Newton, and Katelyn Arrowood (Randy, Jr.) of Des Moines; 16 great-grandchildren; her brother, Mike (Anita) Gardner of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; the love of her life, Michael James Brickner; brothers: James, William, and Charles Gardner; her sister, Dorothy Ann Miller; and nephew, Kyle Miller.
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