Maxine Merle MilksNovember 18, 1920 ~ December 5, 2017 (age 97)
Maxine Merle Milks was born at her family home in Annona, TX on November 18th, 1920, and entered into eternal rest to be with her Lord and Savior the morning of December 5th, 2017 at the age of 97. Maxine (aka: Mom, Mac, and Granny) was the 5th child and 3rd daughter of the eight children born to Marvin and Maude Ella Warthan. Her mother raised all eight children following the early death of her father and managed to send all of the children through college or business school during the Great Depression. Maxine graduated Summa Cum Laude from Annona HS and following graduation from a Dallas business school, she began working as a bookkeeper in the construction industry, a career that would span more than 40 years. While in Dallas, she met and married the handsome, love of her life, Milford Milks, and after a three year stint with the US Coast Guard in the northeast during WWII, they settled back in Dallas and welcomed the arrival of their only child, Milford Edward "Butch" Milks, Jr., who would become the loving and caring center of their world. The "M and M Kids," as they liked to be called, enjoyed 62 years of marriage until Mil's death in 2003, and enjoyed living in the Dallas, Austin, and Kansas City areas where they made countless, life-long friends.
In her retirement from the construction industry, Maxine developed a passion for doll collecting, and over the next 25 years accumulated over 100 collectable Madame Alexander, Holiday Barbie, and other variety dolls.
Career and collecting always "played second fiddle" to family in Maxine's life. She set a sterling example of what can be accomplished by saving and working hard to reach goals in life. At her 97th birthday dinner, she expressed her deep satisfaction and gratuity for her family and what they had accomplished, never taking credit for the impact she had on their lives.
Her parents and six siblings, brothers Lynn and Gene Warthan, sisters Erabel Brown, Tiny Wardell, Georgia Buzbee, and Nell Cool and their spouses as well as her brother-in-law, James "Dee" DePrato, also predeceased Maxine. She is survived by her son, M.E. "Butch" Milks, Jr., and wife Mary Kay, and grandchildren, Matthew Milks and wife Cassandra, and Molly Lopez and husband David, four great-grandchildren, Jacob and Allison Milks and Nicholas and Vincent Lopez as well as her beloved sister, Dimple Jo DePrato, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a huge thank you to Maxine's Richardson neighbors, John and Joyce Cleary, who watched over her like guardian angels following Mil's death. Mac was well known for her Depression Era "thrifty" ways, but her heart was always open to others in need and her favorite charity was St. Jude's Children's Hospital, so in lieu of flowers, the family is sure she would be grateful for donations in her memory.
A memorial graveside service for Maxine will be held on December 16th, 2017 at 1:00pm at the Warthan Family Cemetery in Annona, TX.