Maxine Rae Peterson

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September 16, 1942 ~ April 11, 2021

Maxine R. Peterson, 78, Sioux Falls, died Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, following a stroke.

No Services are planned at this time.

Maxine Rae James was born September 16, 1942, in Brookings County, to Max and Bernice (Allstodt) James.  Maxine graduated from Brookings High School. She met Merle Peterson and the couple was married in March of 1960, in Brookings. Because Merle was in meat sales, the couple and their two children, traveled and lived in several locations around South Dakota. Eventually, Sioux Falls was home and Maxine went to work for the Sioux Falls VA as the director of the Canteen and assistant in Food Service.  In 1999, Maxine was flown to Dallas, TX, to be recognized by the United States VA Director for her Dedication to Service, for fifteen years at her position.

Maxine was first and foremost, a loving, caring, and devoted mother and wife to her family.  Holidays with her family were special times for everyone. Whether she was playing Tri-Dominos or watching sports on television, Maxine was enthusiastic.  She loved the Chicago Bears in football and Duke and Gonzaga college basketball and was glued to every game during March Madness. Maxine also had an immense love for her dog, Lucky.

Maxine will be deeply missed by her husband of over sixty years, Merle; two children, Rick (Michelle) Peterson, Sioux Falls, and Kristi (Ryan Putnam) Bassett, Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren, Dalton, Taylor, Drake, McKenzie, Caden, Tara, Jeff, Jaris, and Jordan; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Bob James; and many nieces, and nephews.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Bernice (Allstodt) James; one son (at birth), Randall; one grandchild, Eric Boyd; and two brothers, Richard and Raymond.

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  • Erin and Richard Wright and family says:

    Merle, Kristi and Rick–we are so sorry to hear of Maxine’s passing. She was such a neat and special lady and I have very fond memories of her from when Kristi and I were growing up.
    Our hearts go out to you all during this time and we send love and prayers to your family.

  • Mary Johnson, Mary, Randy and Lee and Nikki and families Matt Boyd says:

    Dear Merle, Rick, Kristi and family,
    We are saddened to hear of Maxine’s passing. She was so fun to talk to. Always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye.
    She will be missed by many, but what a joyous day when we will all meet in Heavenly Father’s mansion.
    Love you all. Prayers for everyone🙏💕

  • Colleen Brooks says:

    Merle, Kristi and Rick,
    So sorry to hear of Maxine’s passing. I have many fond childhood memories when Kristi and I were growing up. One time Max was driving us to roller skating and the song “I Can’t Drive 55” song was on the radio. Max looked down and and was like oops I’m speeding and laughed. I remember her laughter best.

  • Mary Ann Nelson says:

    Merle…..I just learned of Maxine’s passing am so sorry and shocked. I have thought of you two often and always thought I should contact you but never did. We had some good times all those years ago and enjoyed your company and miss that. Since I can’t find you in the phone book please know that I am thinking of you and Rick and Kristi at this time and know how hard it is to lose the one you love….Take care…

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