Thelma Maxine Graham Weatherd

Thelma Maxine Graham Weatherd, 91, of Darlington, Missouri, entered Heaven on her 91st birthday on September 29, 2022. She was born on September 29, 1931, on a farm outside of Darlington Missouri to Lee Merle and Maggie Ellen Graham. She grew up with two brothers, George, and Marvin, and two sisters, Vonnie and Fern and she was the youngest. Her family called her Max, and her husband called her Macky. She grew up in a family that worked hard and laughed often, and everyone loved music and played by ear. She played the piano but was too shy to let anyone hear how gifted she was. Truthfully, she didn’t enjoy milking six cows every morning before school, but she did it because it needed to be done. She used to joke that she was a pony express rider because, when the roads were too muddy to deliver mail, the mailman paid her a dollar to deliver the mail to her neighbors on horseback.

She grew up during the great depression but luckily, she was young enough not to know how bad times were. She was part of the generation that is often called the greatest generation because they survived the great depression, won World War II, and went on to create the baby boom generation and the strongest economy the world has ever seen.

The world has changed greatly during her lifetime. Her first school bus was a team of horses and wagon, and her first school was a one room schoolhouse that is now a museum. In 1949, she graduated from Stanberry High School. Following High School, she worked as a telephone operator and plucking chickens in a meat processing plant. On December 11, 1950, she married Billy Rex Weatherd, the love of her life, and remained married for 62 years until his death in 2013.

In 1951 and 1952, she lived in Fort Lewis Washington, where her husband was stationed in the army before he was sent to Korea during the war. Their first child, Carol Ann, was born in Fort Lewis Washington and Maxine and Carol moved back to Gentry County when her husband was sent to Korea. Her husband returned from the war, and from 1954 to 1961, they had six more children Marilyn, Sherri, Linda, Bill, Ellen, and Tammy. She had her first child at age 20 and last child at age 29, and she referred to this period as her roaring twenties.

In 1959, Maxine moved to the Kansas City area, first Muncie then Olathe when her husband became a steel worker at Griffen Wheel Company. She devoted her time to being a wife and mother. She loved holidays and made sure everyone had cake and ice cream on their birthday and every holiday was properly celebrated.

These were good times and sometimes hard times and she more than endured. Once her children were in school, in the late 1960s, she worked at a clothing manufacture and Sunflower Ammunition Factory. Due to health issues, she quit working and had open heart surgery in 1972.  In the 70s, she welcomed a foster child, Steve, into her home and raised him as her own.

In 1994, she returned to Gentry County, to live on the Weatherd Family Farm where she spent the remainder of her life.

Maxine devoted her life to her faith and her family. Throughout her life, she loved to gather her family together for special occasions and everyday events. She had six grandchildren, Danielle, Jeremy, Chrissy, Jenny, Lisa, and Melissa and nine great grandchildren, Cody, Dylan, Faith, Tess, Gabrielle, Lexi, Dexter, Stuart, and Zoe.

Maxine was preceded in death by parents, siblings, husband as well as her son, Billy Ray, and her granddaughter Danielle Louise.

Maxine was at the homestead when she went home to be with the Lord on her 91st birthday, September 29, 2022. Even when her health was failing, she found pleasure in the small things like ice cream cones shared with family. That is what we will remember about her most.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

Funeral Service: 2:00 PM Sunday, October 2 at the Roberson-Polley Chapel, Albany. Burial in the High Ridge Cemetery, Stanberry. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the chapel. Friends may call anytime after 10:00 AM on Sunday at the chapel.

Memorial Contributions: Thelma Maxine Weatherd Memorial Fund in care of the Roberson-Polley Chapel, 403 N. Hundley, Albany, MO 64402. Online condolences: www.robersonpolleychapel.com