Maxine (Kujawa) Harwood

Died: Fri., Aug. 3, 2012

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Aug. 18, 2012
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church

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Maxine Harwood of American Falls died August 3, 2012 a month short of her 94th birthday.  She was the daughter of Peter and Lou Kujawa, born September 8, 1918 in Rockland, Idaho.  Her mother died when Maxine was 2½ and her father left the family to return to California.  Maxine and her 11-month younger sister Rowene were raised by their aunt Vera Darling and their grandmother Cora Darling who was the Power County Superintendant of Schools from 1921 to 1933.


Maxine attended school in American Falls and after graduation attended one year of business school in California.  She returned to American Falls worked briefly at the Power County Press. On November 10, 1939 she married Wayne Harwood to whom she was married until his death on May 24, 2000.  Wayne and Maxine spent their entire work lives farming in the Rockland Valley and maintaining both the ranch home and the home in American Falls – across the street from the home in which she had been raised.  They sold the farm and retired in 1977.


She was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church which she enjoyed and supported until her death.  Former Pastor Mike and Karen Dismer visited a few days before her death. She was a member of Eastern Star and P.E.O. She dearly loved her P.E.O. sisters and her Hobby Club friends, especially Artha, Bobbie and Arlene.


Maxine is survived by her sons Bart (Julie) of Boise and Bob (Tuyen) of Ketchum, grandchildren Greg and Wendy Harwood both of Boise, and four great grandchildren.


Maxine’s family deeply appreciates the friendship and assistance given to Maxine by her friends, P.E.O. sisters, members and pastors of the Lutheran Church, caregivers and others in the community- too numerous to mention individually.  Maxine cherished living in American Falls because everyone was so good to her.     


There will be a memorial service Saturday, August 18, 2012, at 2:00 o’clock at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Avenue in American Falls.


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Danny Harry
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
Bart, Bob, and Families,
I only met a few times with Maxine, but she was pleasant, just tired. She often told me, "Life is what you make it. Don't be an old grump." I read her a devotional story or two. She seemed appreciative. I hope you focus on many wonderful memories of her and the positive impact she had on those who knew her well. May God comfort each of you, bringing a peace and healing only He can.
Chaplain, Alliance Hospice

Jerry Harwood
   Posted Fri August 10, 2012
My heart goes out to the boys and Wendy. If I had been a few days earlier I might have had a conversation with Sis. But I know our visits those last few days she could understand what I said to her.I at least got to express the love I"ve shared with her since I was 7 years old.She stepped up as a caregiver when my parents were out of town,more than once. with the profound love you had for Wayne,there is no doubt you will be together. My faith says so. Love you always Jerry

Jay and Mary Leyshon
   Posted Sat August 18, 2012
What a nice service your family had for your Mom. She was a very special lady and we will always be thankful to have known both of your parents. They were great friends and neighbors.

Ellie & Wayne Anderson
   Posted Sat August 18, 2012
Dear Family of Maxine''''s,
What a dear lady and wonderful friend to Wayne and me and to my mother Pearle and Lewis Detzel. We could not have had better neighbors than Maxine and Wayne. They were a wonderful couple so helpful and fun through the years. This has been a such a special day as you celebrated dear Maxine''''s life. We wish we could have been with everyone at St John''''s Lutheran Church. That church holds so many precious memories filled with laughter, and tears , dear friends, caring and love. We cherish our times with Maxine. Loved her wonderful, positive outlook on life. She will always hold a special place in my heart. With our heartfelt sympathy and love, Ellie & Wayne Anderson

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