Maxine Leanor Horning, age 95, of Watertown, South Dakota, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020. She died at Jenkins Living Center under Hospice Care after a brief illness. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Church (ICC).
The visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the church, prior to the service. The burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her nephews, Greg Spath, Jim, Steve and Greg Horning, her brother-in-law, Jon Horning and her niece, Joan Horning.
Maxine Leonar was born on November 16, 1924, in Centerville, South Dakota. She was born to Thomas and Lula (McChristy) Spath. She was the youngest of 5 children. She attended school in Sioux Falls, SD, graduating from Washington High School in 1944. She went on to college at Augustana University receiving a BA in education in 1948. Maxine received her Master’s Degree from Creighton University in 1994.
She married Ross “Bumps” Horning on February 26, 1949, in Watertown, South Dakota. They met in History class at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, when Bumps tripped over Maxine’s foot and she said “Gotcha”. The couple moved to Virginia where Bumps earned a PhD degree in History from George Washington University. He taught at the University of Wisconsin and St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN.
In 1964, they moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he taught at Creighton University until his death on April 6, 2005. She began her teaching career teaching High School English and then filled an opening at District 66 in 1st grade at Prairie Lane Elementary. She taught there for 28 years, retiring in May, 1992. The district commended her for her long years of service upon her retirement.
Maxine enjoyed eating at various restaurants in their neighborhood and when she entered, everyone knew her. Although she did not drive, she knew the city of Omaha “like the back of her hand”. They would attend the basketball games at Creighton University and had assigned seats.
Maxine enjoyed painting with watercolors and painted while Bumps taught in the various universities. She later enjoyed Adult coloring books and was an avid reader, being one of Donus Roberts’ best customers.
She moved to Watertown, SD, in August of 2013, from Omaha, NE, and resided at Benet Place and then Edgewood Assisted Living.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross; her parents, Thomas and Lula Spath, siblings Dorothy Jenson, Thomas “Buck” Spath, Arnold “Mike” Spath and Nancy Marken. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
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