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.