Maxine, who has studied both counseling & music, was a nursing home administrator /owner who loved working with mentally ill adults for many
years until her retirement in 2006. She now stays active with caring for & loving an Afghan family who recently came to St Louis, speaking no
English. She enjoys spending time hunting mushrooms, participating in the Ethical Society of St. Louis, hiking, traveling & singing with the
Black Tulip Chorale. She is a Master Gardener with the Missouri Botanical Garden, Master Naturalist with the MO Department of Conservation &
the author of Missouri’s Wild Mushrooms. Maxine has lived in St. Louis County for many years but now is enjoying city life in the Central West End.
“F.F.F.P. Fun, Friends, Food & stay Positive! As a retired person, I try to enjoy life…have fun.
And that fun is usually with friends. Friendships are very important to me. And food,
yes food. I love quality food…whether homemade or in a restaurant. Steering all
of this is my quest to stay positive. Why waste precious time on negativity? In July,
I broke my ankle, had surgery after I fell hiking in the Tetons & was non-weight bearing
for 2 months. At first, I thought of all the things I couldn’t do, but soon became incredibly
grateful that this wasn't a permanent physical situation. By late October, I was in Barcelona &Sardinia having fun with friends, eating incredible food, hunting mushrooms & using a walking stick for an average 15,000 steps per day.”