Maxine Louise Summers Kuhns passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, three days past her 105th. birthday. Maxine was born June 5, 1916, the daughter of Harold Frank Summers and Jesse Morris Summers Holsapple. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Richard Summers, Harold (Shirley) Summers Junior, and Gerald Dean Summers, and a sister-in-law, Hazel Kuhns. Maxine is survived by a sister, Linda Summers (James) Hartman, of Wilmington, Ohio, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Summers.
Maxine married Vergil Edward Kuhns, who preceded her in death, and together they had four children, two of whom, preceded Maxine in death, Charles James Kuhns and Sandra Kuhns (Frank) Whitley. Surviving children are Harold (Cindy) Kuhns, and Sharon Lynn Kuhns Peterson, both of Wilmington. Maxine leaves behind five grandchildren, Dayna Lynn Whitley Kocher, James Harold (Delainna) Tackett, Jason Lee (Lisa) Shoemaker, Schoen (LaVonna) Champion, and Tommy (Brittany) Rowlands; six great-grandchildren, Austin Lyle Kocher, Krista Nicole Tackett, Kaylee LeeAnn Tackett, Allison Paige Shoemaker, Hunter Perrine, and Brandon Gastiger; and two great-great-grandchildren, Kyah LeeAnn Tackett, and Kiara Kathleen Tackett. Beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins add to the number of family members who were missed by, or will miss, this very special centurion.
Maxine grew up on her parents’ and her grandparents’ farms just outside of Wilmington, Ohio, in Clinton County. She attended a one room schoolhouse through elementary school, then went to Wilmington High School, and graduated on the stage of the Murphy Theater in 1934. She attended Haws Chapel church in her youth, where she often sang with her brother, Charles. Her days took her from a childhood in a horse and buggy to modern cars and airplanes and she traveled many places in her days, which is something that she loved to do, exploring new places and experiencing new things. She had family in the West Palm Beach, Florida area and spent time there for some years. She was a homemaker throughout most of her life, but she also worked for the Randall company in Wilmington, and Kurtz Kasch, in Dayton, Ohio, in the 1950s. Maxine stayed fit into her elder years, Still attending aerobics classes in her 80s and walking every day into her 90s. She wrote poetry, was a great cook, was talented at many things, and always had an encouraging word for everyone.
Maxine was well and still active for her age into her 104th. year, began to fade only recently, and passed away peacefully at Cape May, in Wilmington, Ohio. Her family thanks everyone who has come to visit or who called to inquire about her health. She had many friends and was fond of them all. A very special thanks to Lisa Bentley for the loving in home care she gave to Maxine.
In honoring Maxine’s wishes, there will be no funeral service, but all are welcome to attend the graveside service that will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, June 11, 2021, at Sugar Grove Cemetery in Wilmington.
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