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Obituary: Maxine Carmichael Pfeiffer, Columbus

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Maxine Carmichael Pfeiffer, 94, of Columbus, died July 31, 2013, at Four Seasons Health Care Center where she had resided since 2003, after moving from her home in Columbus.

A memorial service for Maxine, attended by family and friends, was held on Aug. 4, 2013, at Four Seasons, which was preceded by burial at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Born in Blairsburg, Iowa, February 4, 1919, Maxine was one of twelve children of John M. and Elizabeth Gates Carmichael.

She married James Albert Pfeiffer on February 5, 1939. He preceded her in death on August 19, 1989.

Maxine was a 1936 graduate of Columbus High School. Throughout her adult life Maxine was an avid gardener and noted cook, these being talents that were frequently on display to family members and friends during numerous "get-togethers" and "reunions" that were held at the family home and elsewhere over the years. She was also a renowned contest "jingler," which resulted in many awards and prizes, including a brand new 1957 Pontiac Catalina that was put to immediate use for a cross-country family adventure to view several national parks. As Maxine was a most curious and eager traveler, numerous other remarkable journeys followed. She was also known for either conducting or attending, more than occasionally, garage and yard sales, which led to the acquisition of a multitude of treasures.

Survivors includes sons, James and Mark; daughters-in-law Yem and Pamela; a brother, Keith of Columbus, Indiana; a sister, Shirley Nicholson of Venice, Florida; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a multitude of nephews and nieces.

Maxine was also preceded in death by brothers Dale, Avery, Gene, Don and Lyle, and sisters, Dorothy Reiss, Lucile Leas, Ruth Deaver and LuVena Higgins.

The family extends its genuine and heartfelt thanks and appreciation to everyone who cared for her in her advanced years, particularly to those individuals at Four Seasons Health Care Center, who provided extraordinary and loving care for the last several years, and Hospice of South Central Indiana, who thoughtfully and compassionately nurtured her in the final weeks of life preceding her celestial departure.


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