2013 January 3: Vivian Maxine “Max” Wardlow

Vivian Maxine “Max” Wardlow, 88, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the River Hills Village in Keokuk, IA.


She was born on August 2, 1924 in Keokuk, IA the daughter of Orville and Marie Haskins Lovell. Maxine was united in marriage to LeRoy Vincent Wardlow, Sr. on November 29, 1942 in Kahoka, MO. He preceded her in death.


Maxine graduated from the Keokuk Senior High.


She was employed by C.H. Rollins, Keasling’s, Osco Drug as supervisor of the camera department, Sheller Globe and the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant. She had been a bus driver for the Keokuk School District for 23 years before her retirement.


Maxine was a member of the Crossview Fellowship Church, American Legion and VFW Auxiliary, the Keokuk Area Hospital Auxiliary, Keokuk Garden Club, and the Sweet Adelines. She also was a Democratic Party Delegate, and was the Past President of the A.F.F.C.M.E. Union, Council #61, Local 2005.


She loved to sing and harmonize with her father. She loved gardening, as flowers were her passion and she hosted a garden tour to share the beauty of her flowers.


Maxine is survived by four daughters, Sharon ( Leonard) Johnson of Biggsville, IL, Judith K. (Harold) Peterson of Keokuk, IA, Susan (Ronald) Johnson of Webster, WI, and Deborah (John) Steele of Castle Rock, CO, two sons, Ronald (Beverly) Wardlow of Kennewick, WA and LeRoy (Judith) Wardlow of St. Louis, MO, ten grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, four brothers, James, Terry and Gary Lovell all of Keokuk, and Paul Lovell of Canton, MO, one sister, Janice Prindle of Keokuk, IA.


She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Kenneth Lovell, one sister, Lucille Dawson and one grandson, Steven Bryant.

Private graveside services were held at the Keokuk National Cemetery with Pastor Terry Lovell and Pastor Harold Schutte officiating.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Iowa Hospice.


Maxine’s family want to express their deepest gratitude for Iowa Hospice overseeing her care during this difficult time.

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