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STEVENSVILLE — Leola Maxine (Geroux) Newell a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her.

 Leola "Maxine" as she was fondly called died peacefully on Nov. 8, 2010, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. Her beautiful blue eyes, ready smile and helpful nature endeared her to all who knew her.

 Maxine was born in Rockvale, Colo., to Dona and Elizabeth Geroux. She loved growing up in Westcliffe, Colo., and enjoyed visiting her family and friends whenever she could. Colorado has always held a special place in her heart.

 After high school, Maxine joined the Woman's Army Corp, (WAC). She served in Palm Springs, North Africa and Italy during WWII. After the War, she married her childhood friend and sweetheart, Gene Newell. They made homes in Phoenix, Billings, and finally Stevensville.

 Maxine loved taking care of her family and home. She was an expert seamstress and spent many wonderful hours designing and sewing for her family and friends. She loved music, was an avid gardener, enthusiastic Girl Scout leader, and accomplished cook. She always welcomed family and friends into her home for a good meal, enjoyable conversation and a delightful time.

 After her daughters were raised, Maxine and Gene became enthusiastic square and round dancers. She was devoted to the 59ers Club and spent many happy hours building the club's success.

 Maxine is survived by her husband Gene of 64 years; sisters, Lois Crow and Phyllis Kastendieck and brother Jack Geroux; daughters, Carrie Newell-Young and Colleen Koepplin; three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

 Maxine; we love you; miss you. You will always and forever remain in our hearts.

 The family will have a private remembrance of her life. The Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville was in charge of cremation arrangements.

 

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