Peggy M. Maxwell

Peggy M. Maxwell, 91, of Parsons passed away at 3:35 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Parsons Presbyterian Manor.

Peggy Marie Blackburn was born on June 26, 1931, to Thomas “Jess” and Elsie Marie (Fox) Blackburn in McCune. As a young girl, she grew up and attended school in rural McCune, graduating from McCune Rural High School in 1949. Following high school, Peggy attended Pittsburg State University.

On Dec. 2, 1950, Peggy married James L. “Jim” Maxwell at Washington Avenue Methodist Church in Parsons. After staying home with her daughters, Peggy began her career as a keypunch operator for the Agriculture Census Bureau from 1961 to 1963. For 38 years, she was the receptionist at the Parsons Clinic, retiring in 2000. During retirement, she worked part time at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home for a number of years. Peggy and Jim lived in the McCune area until moving into Parsons, where she had lived since. Jim preceded her in death on June 13, 1997.

Peggy was a member of the McCune Methodist Church. After moving to Parsons, she attended Faith United Methodist Church in Parsons and was active in the Faith Builders group there. Volunteering was an important part of Peggy’s life. For a number of years, she had been a part of the Community Free Clinic and was a pink lady at Labette Health. 

She enjoyed working outdoors with Mother Nature, cooking and cleaning house. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Thomas and her husband, Rick, of Pryor, Oklahoma, and Connie McNickle and her husband, Kenneth, of Cherryvale; six grandchildren, Brian Thomas, B.J. Thomas and his wife, Becky, Bre Watkins, Debra McNickle, Paul McNickle and his wife, Kim, and Ken McNickle and his wife, Macey; 12 great-grandchildren, Caela Foster, Dustin McNickle, Dalton McNickle, Shanler McNickle, Olivia Watkins, Zeke Watkins, Ethan Watkins, Aspen Foster, Faith Foster, Abigail Thomas, Emmerson Thomas and Kinsley Thomas; two great-great-grandchildren, Quinton Jay and Kenslie Elaine; and a special “sister,” Bonnie Courtney.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Maxwell; her twin sister, Patsy Woodroof; and her sister, Henrietta Wolverton.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will follow at McCune Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the McCune United Methodist Church or Faith United Methodist Church. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS, 67357.

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