Maxine Grover Eimers, 93, of Grangeville, Idaho, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.
Maxine was born Aug. 11, 1922, to Benjamin and Selma Kullander Grover in Fruitland, Idaho.
She graduated from Fruitland High School and then attended the University of Idaho in Moscow for three years and Oregon State University in Corvallis for one year, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in home economics with a teaching certificate.
While at the University of Idaho, Maxine met and fell in love with her partner for life, C. William (Bill) Eimers. They were married on May 7, 1944, at Chanute Field in Rantoul, Ill.
Following her graduation and Bill's service with the U.S. Army Air Force in the Pacific, Maxine and Bill returned to Moscow so he could finish school and where they started their family. With his diploma in hand and by then two little boys, they moved to Lewiston for a teaching job. That was followed by another move back to Moscow for one more degree and one more little boy. In the spring of 1952, they moved the family to Grangeville where they would make their home together for the next 62 years.
They completed their family with the birth of a fourth son in 1956. Maxine loved to recount the story that when Dr. Jack Soltman was holding her baby up by the ankles and not saying a word, she finally said, "Well?" "Well, it's another boy," the doctor said. To which Maxine would say, "I know that! Does he have everything that he should?!" "Oh, yes, he's just fine," replied Dr. Jack.
In 1960, Maxine would take a job teaching kindergarten and three years later she would accept a position as first grade teacher for the Grangeville Elementary. She always stated that she expected she would be teaching high school grades, but turned out that she really loved teaching first grade. She would continue guiding Grangeville's young minds into the world of academia until her retirement in 1984. Interestingly, a couple of her former students were attending to her during her last stay in Syringa Hospital.
Besides teaching and raising a family, Maxine maintained a busy and involved life often spending evenings during the school year and summers working on maintaining her teaching accreditation. She was a member of the PEO and served numerous terms in officer positions, including president. She also served for several years on the board of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority in Moscow where she pledged as a freshman at the University of Idaho. After retirement, she volunteered at the Grangeville Centennial Library and served on their advisory board.
Maxine's favorite things in life were enjoying her family and reading. For many years, the Eimers home was host to numerous family dinners and gatherings. She was a voracious reader and would visit the library like clockwork every three weeks to check out four books each time. She also enjoyed puzzles of various kinds.
Maxine will be remembered by her family and friends as a selfless individual who always put the welfare of others before her own. She was a kind, gentle and giving person who was always cheerful and will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Marion Rycraft and Lola Denton; and Bill, her husband for more than 70 years.
She is survived by her four sons and their wives: Bill Jr. and Karen of St. Maries, Idaho, Phillip and Linda of Eden, Utah, Jake and Chandra and Paul and Katy, all of Grangeville; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and, at her request, there will be no service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grangeville Centennial Library or a memorial of the donor's choice. Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville is in charge of arrangements. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
The family also wants to extend our thanks to Syringa Hospital for their professional services and personal care for patient and family in Mother's final hours, and to the Meadowlark Homes of Grangeville and our special thanks to Janice Inghram for her life-long friendship and generosity.