Maxine Redding, age 84, of Keokuk, Iowa, formerly of Wyaconda, MO, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 10, 2009, at Lexington Square in Keokuk,
She was born August 17, 1924, at Keokuk, the youngest of eighteen children
born to William and Rose Stice Pruett.
Maxine attended schools in Clark County and later Scotland County, graduating
from Memphis High School in 1942 and later received her teaching certificate.
She taught a year at Walnut Grove school near Downing and it was there that she
met Robert Otis Redding who attracted her attention while walking home from
school one day. His excuse was that he was hunting for rabbits when in fact he
was taking a look at the new school marm. The attraction was mutual. After their
engagement, Maxine worked at a bank in Kirksville and lived and assisted her
sister, June, who ran a hotel/boarding house. On December 25, 1943, she and
Robert were married in Memphis. They resided briefly in Kirksville until
Robert’s induction into the Army in February 1944 at which time she moved home
with her parents with the exception of eight weeks spent near Fort Bliss, Texas.
From that time on she became a life-long “domestic engineer”.
She is survived by six sons: David and his wife, Sandra, of Wyaconda, William
and his wife, Rae Joann, of Molville, IA, John and his wife, Linda, of Wyaconda,
Jerry and his wife, Julia, of Kahoka, Sam and his wife, Teri, of Kahoka, and Tim
and his wife, Kaye, of Kahoka; five daughters: Kay Redding-Andrews of Jefferson
City, MO, Deborah Malone and her husband, Pat, of Kahoka, Rebecca Moore and her
husband, Harold, of Columbia, Elizabeth Redding of Fort Madison, and, Martha
Ellefritz and her husband, Randy, of Keokuk; a daughter-in-law, Susan Redding of
Kahoka; one brother, Albert Pruett of Rochester, MN; two sisters-in-law, Wilma
Smoot and Maxine Atkinson, both of Downing, MO; numerous grandchildren and
great-grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; as well as other
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Keith
Redding and an infant son; and sixteen brothers and sisters.
Maxine was a member of the Wyaconda Baptist Church. She loved to crochet,
read and watch hummingbirds.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 13, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Wilson
Funeral Home in Kahoka with Rev. Ernest Deatrick officiating. Special music was
recordings “In the Garden” and ‘The Old Rugged Cross”.
Pallbearers were Harold Moore, Erik Moore, Ryan Moore, Jeremy McDaniel, Randy
Ellefritz and Rodney Loesch.
Burial was in Fairmont Cemetery.
Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after 9 a.m. Monday with
family receiving friends beginning at 1 p.m. Monday until time of services.
Memorials were suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Fairmont
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.timeformemory.com/wilsonfh.