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March 2, 1925 –August 14, 2019

Maxine Gordon died peacefully and surrounded by love at the Highlands in Northport, MI.  She loved to tell that she was born in a (new) chicken coop in Hart, Michigan. She moved 14 times during her childhood, and at 15, she became the second Red Flannel Queen for the Cedar Springs Red Flannel Festival. After high school in Rockford, she worked in the Bomber Plant at Ypsilanti. In 1944 she married Don Gordon, who became co-owner and editor of the Leelanau Enterprise. They divorced in 1986. Maxine had three children, Trudy (Carpenter), Linda (Kalber), and Guy, who died in 2004. She earned her Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Northwestern Michigan College and worked at Harper Hospital in Detroit and Munson Hospital in Traverse City. She also served as a Stephen Minister and in Home Healthcare in Traverse and Lansing, and retired as a phlebotomist from the American Red Cross in Lansing, MI. She has one sister, Ariadne Winquist of Cedar Springs, and was preceded in death by brother Harold Yeargin and sister Udella Murray. Her favorite word was frolic and least favorite was merciless. Her motto to live by was, “Life’s journey is not to arrive safely at the grave in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways totally worn out shouting Wow, What a Ride.” A private memorial will be held. Our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Northport Highlands and Munson Hospice for the loving care they provided.

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