A third-generation Southern Oregonian, Maxine was born and raised in Lee Valley, Oregon. Her ancestors were part of the founding pioneers of Lee Valley when it was known as The French Settlement. Her parents are the late Mac Wesley Gant and Lillian Grace Gant (née Clinton). Raised on the family dairy farm, she graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 1939.
On March 14, 1947, Maxine married George Enterline in Coos Bay, Oregon, enjoying a 62-year marriage. They moved to Maupin, Oregon in 1954 where they raised five children better known as “The Enterline Kids.” Always on the go, Maxine was an exemplary mother and an avid fisherman, hunter, and golfer. In her forties, she went to work at the Forest Service where she was hired as part of the first crew of women to plant trees. She loved the outdoor job. In 1980, after their children were grown, George and Maxine moved to The Dalles, Oregon, happily residing there through retirement. In 2004, they moved to Round Rock, TX with their daughter and her husband, spending their elderly years there.
Maxine was preceded in death by her son, Robert Wesley Enterline in 2006, and her husband, George Paul Enterline in 2009. She is survived by her children Gregory Paul Enterline and his wife Emilie; Mark Douglas Enterline; Michael George Enterline and his wife Laura; and Lisa Ann Enterline and her husband Kenneth Kushnick. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A private family funeral was held at Williamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon on September 8th, where she was interred with her beloved husband. Dearly loved, her children take solace in the fact that she is reunited with their dad and has returned to her cherished Oregon.
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