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Claudia Maxine Berry

Claudia Maxine Berry, daughter of the late Claud and Ruby (Skaggs) Baker, was born on December 20, 1943, in Huggins, Missouri, and departed this life on October 28, 2017, in Autumn Oaks Caring Center, Mountain Grove, Missouri. She was 73 years, ten months, and eight days of age.

Maxine grew up in the Huggins community and attended Peace Valley School.

She was united in marriage to Wilbur Earl Hutsell on August 17, 1960. Five children were born to this union. They raised their family in Mokane, Missouri. Maxine worked at the nursing home in Mokane for several years before they relocated back to the Huggins community in the mid ‘70s. Mr. Hutsell passed away on September 7, 1978.

Maxine was united in marriage to Oscar Eugene Berry on August 7, 1987. Mr. Berry passed away on April 13, 2000.

Maxine was a great cook and enjoyed having family and friends for Sunday dinners. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Maxine also enjoyed embroidery, quilting, and playing bingo.

Maxine had accepted the Lord as her Savior and had been baptized. She faithfully attended church services and especially liked attending revivals and gospel singings. She was a kind soul who never spoke negatively about others. She displayed love and kindness to all that knew her. She will be dearly missed.

Besides her parents and husbands, Maxine was preceded in death by one son, Earl Hutsell; one daughter, Carolyn Hutsell; two brothers, Raymond and Delbert Baker; and one sister, Mary Crewse.

Maxine is survived by two sons, Donald Hutsell and wife Lora of Vanzant, Missouri, and Junior Hutsell and wife Cindy of Mountain Grove; one daughter, Angela Bishop of Mountain Grove; three brothers, Dearl Baker and wife Barbara of Mountain Grove, Ralph Baker and wife Diane of Manes, Missouri, and Ronnie Baker and wife Teresa of Houston, Missouri; three sisters, Linda Pearce of Cabool, Missouri, Wanda Meyers and husband Bob of Grovespring, Missouri, and Phyllis Coffman and husband Johnny of Vanzant; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were held Friday, November 3, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at Hutsell Cemetery, Graff, Missouri, with Rev. Ralph Baker officiating. Song selections were “One Day At A Time,” “Dancing In The Sky,” and “I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You.” Burial was in Hutsell Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.

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