Maxine Mae Pitts was born to Harry and Ivy Rodenbough in a small farmhouse in Cedonia on Oct. 29, 1923. She grew up with her three brothers, Maynard, Elton and Hugh and her two sisters, Epal and Lois. She attended the Cedonia Church and graduated from Columbia High School in 1941.
After graduation, Maxine and her sister, Lois, met best friends Gregg Pitts and Jim Peters of Rice. In March 1942, both couples were married in Seattle.
Shortly after their marriage, Gregg entered the United States Army, where he gave four years of service. During that time, Maxine lived with Lois and Jim while working at the Boeing Company in Seattle. When Gregg returned home, they settled in Everett to start their family. Their first child, Linda, was born in 1946. Following their daughterâ€™s birth, they relocated to Cedonia, where Gary was born in 1949.
In 1957 the family moved to Colville, where Gregg owned and operated the Mobile Oil Distributorship. Maxine filled her days with gardening and caring for her children.
The couple returned to Everett in 1967. In the following years, Maxine and Gregg took many camping trips with friends and family and enjoyed vacations with Lois and Jim. Maxine, Lois and their husbands celebrated many of their wedding anniversaries together.
In 1997, Maxine and Gregg made a permanent home in Troutdale, Oregon. Maxine loved to work in her garden and visit with her neighbors. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and attending bible study, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She remained close with her sister, Lois, and they spoke on the phone daily keeping each other updated on the children and grandchildren.
Over the last year, Maxine went on family vacations to Manzanita, Oregon and Thompson Falls, Montana, welcomed two great-great-grandchildren into the world, visited her sister Lois in Rice and celebrated her 90th birthday. In her final days ,Maxine was blessed with visits and phone calls from many beloved family members and friends.
Maxine passed away peacefully in her home with her two loving children by her side on Jan. 28.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gregg, and grandson, Matthew.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Feickert, and husband, Richard, Troutdale; her son, Gary Pitts and wife, Janice, Thompson Falls; her sister, Lois Peters, Rice; nine grandchildren, Cindi Becker, Troutdale; Ken Feickert, Lexington KY; Gretchen Pitts, Yakima; Rebecca Longtree, Missoula,MT; Richard Feickert Jr., Portland, OR; Kathleen Schultz, Gresham, OR; Lynette Martinez, Kelso; Cheryl Sanzone, Bend, OR; 12 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Cedonia Church in the spring.