Maxine Simonson, 91, of Preston, Minn., entered her eternal home on Tuesday afternoon, May 27, 2014.

Lois Maxine Duxbury, born Feb. 22, 1923, in Preston, was the oldest of four children born to Leigh and Mary (Scheevel) Duxbury. She was a 1941 graduate of Preston High School and attended Rochester Junior College. She was proud of the fact that she never applied for any job but was always sought out for a position. As a young woman she was employed at the Preston Theatre, the AFC office and the Farmers & Merchants State Bank. In 1969 she went to work in the Fillmore County Clerk of Courts office.

Maxine was united in marriage to Jerome Simonson on June 10, 1947, in the E.U.B. church in Preston. The house they built in 1951 was her home for 62 years. She was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, serving as the Church Council financial secretary, an Altar Guild member and treasurer and dressed in her Norwegian bunad she served as the dining room chairperson for the annual lutefisk dinner. She was a member of the Magdlin-Gilbertson VFW Auxiliary and enjoyed the friendships of the Sit n' Chat sewing club for over 50 years. She learned the art of Norwegian baking, liked fishing, flowers, Summit Club activities and trips and loved events that gathered her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren together. The last months of her life were spent at the Wealshire of Bloomington where she became a beloved resident and recognized ambassador for the Preston area.

She is survived by her three daughters, Joanne (Steven) Hall, Mary Lou (Richard) Augustine and Shari (Robert) Hanson; six grandchildren, Matt (Kerri) Hall, Marit (Isaac) Johnson, Mitchell (Jill) Hall, Carrie (David) Fritzinger, Corey (Jennifer) Hanson and Andrea Hanson; four great-grandchildren, Brooks and Lane Johnson and Taylor and Brennan Hanson; a sister, Choice Whealdon; a brother, LeRoy (Lois) Duxbury; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Duxbury and Joyce Simonson; brothers-in-law, Charles Winch and James (Rita) Simonson; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Jerome; and brother, Donald Duxbury.

The memorial service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, June 7, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Burial of her ashes will be in the Union Prairie Lutheran Cemetery in rural Preston. There will be a visitation held at the church from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m., until the time of service.

The family prefers memorials be given to Christ Lutheran Church.

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