MEDING, Doris Maxine Beaver

Maxine Meding

Doris Maxine Beaver Meding was born June 6, 1932 in Edmonton, Alberta, the second of two daughters born to Archie and Goldie McAffie Beaver. As a toddler, the family moved to Senlac, Saskatchewan. At 7 years of age, the family then moved to Rutland, Saskatchewan. Early in 1940, as rental farmers, the family sold everything they had and moved to Calgary, Kitscoty, then back to Edmonton. In 1941, Maxine’s father became ill, passing away in January 1943. Maxine was only 9 ½ years old.Maxine’s mother was a very strong woman, having to step up in tough times to be not only a mother, but the breadwinner to support two young daughters. In Edmonton, they had family and thus started Goldie’s career as a Telephone Exchange Operator that ended in a very good post in Trochu in 1945. Maxine worked alongside her mother and sister in Trochu. Maxine’s beautiful soul made friends easily and several of her co-workers at the telephone office remained lifelong friends. Maxine worked at the telephone office until her marriage to Elmer Meding, youngest son of August and Olga Meding on October 24, 1953. In the fall of 1952, Elmer purchased the Joe Wamp farm NW of Huxley. They were kept busy on the mixed farm, gardening, carrying water from the well, and everything that goes with raising 6 children. She always said she could not have had a better place to live, despite that she never knew if to run to the creek or the road if the yard became quiet. Maxine kept busy in the community and was a member of Acadia Women’s Institute. Curling, crafting, cooking and baking, a prolific and beautiful sewer and GRANDCHILDREN, were some of her favorite pastimes. She was a wonderful hostess, the coffee pot was always on and the door always open.

We will always remember her for her Sunday meals, Birthday cakes, and picnics at the river. We knew so well the delicious buns and pickles, relish, canned fruit and never ending supply of Grandma cookies. Christmas, the Meding house was a happy place to be, full of family, friends and neighbours and a visit from Santa. While not world travellers, preferring their own little piece of the world, Maxine and Elmer enjoyed many camping trips, holidays to BC for fruit and salmon and even ventured to Churchill, Manitoba! Maxine and Elmer moved to Trochu in April 1997, Maxine lived there until August 2016 when she moved to St. Mary’s Lodge until her passing on October 29, 2020. Maxine is survived by her 6 children, Judy (Dale) Tetz, Rob (Dorothy), Brian (Bev), Allan (Elaine), Bruce (Shelley) and Brent. 15 precious grandchildren and soon to be 17 great grandchildren, all of whom she was very proud of. Maxine is predeceased by her loving husband Elmer on October 27, 1997, her beloved parents Archie in 1943, and Goldie in 1981 and sister Alice in 2016. She is survived by sister in law Lila Meding and brother in law Walter Meding. Maxine was a gentle soul, witty, with a kind heart and loved by all who knew her. The sweetest lady we will ever know, and we will miss her dearly. A private family service will be held. Donations in Maxine’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Lodge, Trochu. Kneehill Funeral Services, Trochu, entrusted with arrangements. 403-442-2123.