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Maxine Lay Richardson

Maxine (Lay) Richardson, 77, daughter of William Riley and Alta Viola (Collins) McGuire, was born March 11, 1931 in Lynn, Arkansas. She died October 15, 2008 at Phelps County Hospital, Rolla, Missouri, following a long illness.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Bob and Henry McGuire; her former husband, Vester Murl Lay; and a grandson, Nathan Motzkus.

She is survived by her husband, Pearl; three sons, Jerry Rupe and wife Judy of Houston, Missouri, Darrell Lay and wife Susan of Cabool, Missouri, and Denny Lay and wife Sherri of Houston; three daughters, Kathy Motzkus and husband Leroy of Raymondville, Missouri; Collene Christeson and husband Donnie of Houston, and Carlene Ford and husband Ernie of Republic, Missouri; a brother, Roy McGuire of Springhill, Kansas; a sister, Hazel Tubbs of Houston; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Maxine grew up in the Tyrone and Solo, Missouri, area.

She accepted Christ as her Savior at a very early age. She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Houston. She was a former president of the Fleet Reserve Association Ladies’ Auxiliary. She volunteered her time at Houston Senior Center gift shop until her illness kept her from doing so.

Maxine always enjoyed cooking for her family. She made her homemade dumplings and apple cobbler that all the family enjoyed. Maxine was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Her greatest joy was her family and friends.

Memorials may be made to Children’s Miracle Network or American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to

Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2008, at Evans Funeral Home with Rev. Elmer Turnbough and Rev. Jerry Sousley officiating. Pallbearers were Andy Christeson, Brad Christeson, Mike Motzkus, Leroy Motzkus, Jr., Justin Schmidt, Chris Ely, Ernie Ford and Donnie Christeson. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston.

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