Ona Maxine Wilson, 94, of rural Hopkinton, Iowa, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. She was born on December 30, 1919, the daughter of James and Flora (Mitchell) Humphreys, of St. Louis, Missouri. Maxine’s father died when she was a young girl and she was raised by her mother and step-father Edward Cannon. She was educated in Cedar Rapids and was a graduate of McKinley High School. Maxine married Oral Maring in 1940. Three children were born to this union. They later divorced.
On March 14, 1954, Maxine was united in marriage to Ralph G. Wilson at the Buck Creek United Methodist Church in Buck Creek. Together they farmed on the Wilson Family Farm in Hazel Green Township. Maxine raised horses and was nationally known as an Arabian Horse Breeder. She enjoyed caring for her horses and dogs. Maxine was a member of the Buck Creek United Methodist Church.
Maxine is survived by her sons, Blayne (Nadine) Maring of Austin, Texas and Dennis Maring of Placerville, California; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Elda Landers of Manchester; two brothers-in-law, Rodney (Jean) Wilson of Hopkinton, and Roger (Jan) Wilson of Slater, Iowa; and her very good friends and neighbors Steve and Mary Sheppard of Coggon.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, on December 17, 2003; her parents; her step-father, Edward Cannon; her son, Paul Maring in 2008; and her sister, Helen Gilman.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.
Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Buck Creek United Methodist Church, Buck Creek, Iowa.
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014, prior to the service at the church.
Officiating: Reverend Kathleen Moore
Interment: Buck Creek Cemetery – Buck Creek, Iowa.