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Maxine Vivian (Rathbun) Clifton

April 4, 1920 ~ December 30, 2018 (age 98)
Maxine Vivian Clifton, 98, of Lyons, passed away December 30, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society, Ellsworth, Kansas. She was born April 4, 1920 in rural Ellsworth County, Kansas, the daughter of Dick and Ella Hoffman Rathbun. She graduated from Lorraine High School with the class of 1938. Maxine grew up in rural Ellsworth County, moving to Lyons in 1940. She was a homemaker. Maxine was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Lyons; Lutheran Women’s Missionary League; and she volunteered at the Lyons Thrift Shop. On June 24, 1940, Maxine was united in marriage with A.D. Clifton in Ellsworth, Kansas. He preceded her in death on January 15, 2010. She is also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Delbert, Donald, Meryl and Clyde Rathbun; and sister, Ethel Rizor. She is survived by her son, Gary Clifton and wife Donetta of Geneseo; two daughters, Peggy Wade and husband Dennis of Topeka, KS, and Janet Schroeder and husband Tom of Camino, CA; two sisters, Gail Burton of Salina, KS, and Mary Jane Thornton of Las Vegas, NV; five grandchildren, Sarah Thomas, Warren and Wyatt Clifton, Amber O’Dell, and Holly Wade; and ten great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be 10:30 A.M., Monday, January 7, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church, Lyons, with Pastor Kenton Abbott officiating. Burial will be at Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M., Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present. Memorials can be made to Grace Lutheran Church in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

 Service Information

January 6, 2019

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Birzer Funeral Home
214 W. Ave. South
Lyons, Kansas 67554

Funeral Service
January 7, 2019

10:30 AM
Grace Lutheran Church, Lyons
1111 West Lincoln
Lyons, Kansas 67554

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