Maxine (Gransbury) Umphenour passed away on Dec. 15, 2021, at Prestige Care in Lewiston after a full and courageous life filled with love and faith which our entire family admires and feels incredibly lucky to have lived with her.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday Dec. 21 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
A graveside burial in the Woodland Cemetery in Kamiah will be held at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23. Doug Smith will be conducting the services.
Maxine was born on Jan. 18, 1936, in View, Idaho to Charles and Thelda Gransbury. She had 13 brothers and sisters who cared for and supported each other in their big family. She is survived by four sisters, Marva Myers, Linda Ralston, Carma Knutson and Sandra Matthews, and one brother, Howard Gransbury.
Maxine met her husband, Claud in 1951 and they were married shortly after. They lived in several towns in Idaho, before moving to Mussellshell Road in Weippe in 1965. They settled into the family home, also on Mussellshell Road, shortly after that.
Claud and Maxine created a very loving home, and they treasured their four children (Dean, David, Steve, and Barbara) and 15 grandchildren more than anything in their world. Maxine was a member of the Weippe Assembly of God Church and her faith and dedication to the Lord was a testament to how she lived her life.
Maxine worked at Jaype Potlatch Mill in Pierce, but her favorite job was taking care of her family. She always wanted family in her home as much as possible and you could always find a few, or all the grandchildren, with them. Maxine and Claud were never apart, and they would often drive to visit, but our family really enjoyed being with both of them at their house, eating her amazing and heartfelt meals with enough to feed everyone. She was never too busy for us, and she and Claud attended every event in our lives.
Maxine also enjoyed spending time with her siblings making quilts, cooking, or just visiting. Her laugh was infectious, and she shared so many memories about growing up in a big family.
In the last years of her life, she was fiercely and lovingly cared for by her son David in the family home. Recently, she was also cared for by her niece Shirley who couldn’t have loved her more or taken better care of her. Although it wasn’t easy, she was the angel Maxine needed and welcomed our family into her home to spend time with her anytime we needed to. We will never be able to thank her for the peace and support she gave to Maxine and to us during this time.
Maxine’s survivors include her sons and family: Dean and Patty Umphenour, David Umphenour, Steve and Pam Umphenour and son-in-law Marvin Gibbar. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and their spouses, 30 great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband Claud, her daughter Barbara Gibbar, and her grandson Bryon Vessey Umphenour. She is also preceded in death by her parents and eight brothers and sisters.