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Iva Maxine Updike

Iva Maxine Miller was born on October 27, 1929 to Paul and Mattie (Pankey) Miller at the Elkhead Ranch east of Craig. She attended Lower Elkhead School until the school closed, and then went to Craig Schools, graduating from Craig High School in 1947.
Maxine married Elwin W. Updike on 9/11/1947. They have a family of four children, their spouses, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Maxine and Elwin lived in Craig for their entire married life. While Elwin held positions in construction and carpentry through the years, he worked as the carpenter for Empire Energy Coal Mine until he retired. Meanwhile, Maxine concentrated on staying at home raising the young children.
Later in life, Maxine worked at Hested’s, Accu-Comp, and the schools hot lunch program as the Breeze School Kitchen Manager. She was a member of the Memorial Hospital Ladies’ Auxillary where she accumulated over 4560 volunteer hours.
Maxine loved working in the home vegetable and flower gardens, sewing and embroidery, reading, and preparing holiday meals for her family. She quietly and behind-the-scenes did so much for everyone as a tenet of her Christian faith.
Maxine is survived by her husband, Elwin; children Lowa (Clif) Shultz, Marjorie (Stan) Lucier, Lynn (Brenda) Updike, and Tami (Dale) Hunt; 11 grand children Annie (Paul) Nelson, Jaime (Clay) Trevenen, Heather (Justin) Hurlburt, Shawn (Crystal) Lively, Dustin (Andrea) Updike, Dennis (Chrissy) Updike, Lacy Updike, Lindsey (Justin) Sack, Rose (Mike) Longacre, Kathy (Damien) Marsden, and Ben (Heather) Updike; 22 great grand children; and sisters Elizabeth Van Dorn and Lucille VanDorn.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Mattie Miller; sisters Gloria VanDorn, Jean Sowards, Elba Long; brothers Wilson Miller, Courtney Miller, Robert Miller and George Miller; grandson Aaron Lively and granddaughter Brittney Hunt.
Maxine will be missed deeply by her family and friends.


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