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Maxine F. Carver

January 28, 2019

Maxine Fay Carver, 73, died quietly in her sleep on January 28, 2019, at KU Med center. Maxine was born to George and Velma (Pitcher) Tomasek on November 18, 1945, in Anthony, Kansas. She was raised in the rural Caldwell, Kansas, area along with two older sisters.

Maxine attended the Caldwell Public school system. She attended Emporia State University graduating with a BA degree in Business Education in January, 1967, and then a MS degree from Kansas State University in August, 1972. She taught at Rosedale High School in Kansas City, Kansas for the spring semester of 1967. Maxine then moved to St. Marys, Kansas, for the fall of 1967 and taught business courses at St. Marys High School for 34 years. She was also the Future Business Leaders of America advisor for St. Marys High School for 23 years. Maxine also taught various business courses during the evenings for Highland Junior College at St. Marys, and for Washburn University in Topeka. After retirement, Maxine substitute taught in Rossville and St. Marys. Maxine was a member of the Kaw Valley Education Association, Kansas Education Association, and the National Education Association. Maxine was also listed in the National Who’s Who in High Schools of America. Maxine was also a member of the Rossville Christian Church. She was also a member of the Czech Moravan Lodge and served as the secretary and was honored as the 2018 Fraternalist of the year for the Moravan Lodge 128. Maxine also served as the treasurer for the City of Rossville.

Mrs. Carver was known for having a great interest in crocheting, crafts, and reading. She was a big fan of mysteries. She was a member of the Rossville Library Book Club. In her youth, she enjoyed horseback riding.

Maxine was united in marriage to Steven Lyle Carver on June 29, 1968. He survives. Maxine is also survived by her two sons, David L. Carver, Manhattan, and Marc A. Carver (Jill) of Topeka. Her grandchildren are Tyler, Garrett, and Jacob of Topeka, and Isaac of Texas.
Maxine was preceded in death by both of her parents and sister Lucy Ashley of Shawnee Mission, KS. Surviving sibling is her sister, Georgia Ann Neal (Bill) of Caldwell, Kansas.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 P.M. Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the Rossville Christian Church. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.   Memorial contributions may be made to Maxine Carver memorial fund for the grandkids education and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, KS.  66536.

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20 thoughts on “Maxine F. Carver

  1. Mrs. Carver was my favorite teacher in high school. She taught me typing and I will never forget Jeff Stewart would unplug my typewriter while I was typing. She made learning fun and she is why I chose to work in the office/business field. She was an amazing lady. Rest in Peace Mrs. Carver!

  2. Dear Carver family,
    So sorry to hear about Maxine…now another angel in heaven. She had such a sincere sweet spirit in the Lord…a wonderful gal & friend with an infectious laugh & great smile! You are all in my thoughts & prayers for Gods comfort and healing. God bless all of Maxines’ loved ones!

  3. Maxine was a great teacher to work with at SMHS. I have never once seen her get upset.
    ( calm- cool & collected). Of all the teachers I have had the opportunity to work with I would put Mrs. Carver at the top of the list. She touched many lives and not just her students. I know she touched mine. RIP.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear that Maxine is gone. She was a beloved teacher, then an awesome neighbor, and what I considered a very good friend. Know that your family is in my prayers, and that Maxine will not be forgotten.

  5. I so remember typing class with Mrs. Carver in 1980-81. She made school so much fun. Her lessons in typing led me to be a medical transcriptionist for 30 years. I was always sad that I missed school the week we learned the number row, tho! A truly wonderful and inspirational lady. May she rest in peace.

  6. Maxine was a class mate of mine in high school in Caldwell, Kansas. She was a very nice person and was a good friend to me. I will miss her.

  7. Mrs. Carver, Maxine, was my idol as a teenager and my mentor as an adult. She’s the reason I chose teaching as a profession. She’s the reason I am in Seattle; the reason I was in Abu Dhabi; the reason I was privileged to serve as Kansas Commissioner of Education; and the reason for every career move I’ve made over the years. She believed in all of her students and because of her belief in us, we all achieved. She was strict but quick to share that laugh, oh THAT laugh, that inspired thousands of students. I will forever treasure the years I taught beside her at St. Marys High School. I’ll miss her encouraging words and the beautiful handwritten notes. To Steve, David, Marc, the grandkids and family — thank you for sharing her with us and find peace in knowing she was loved and cherished by many. Forever grateful.

  8. It was a real joy to teach with Maxine at SMHS. She was serious about her duties, worked for improved teacher salaries and benefits, and had a big heart for her students and colleagues. Sympathy to Maxine’s family. She was a very special lady!

  9. She was my inspiration to become a teacher. She will be truly missed and I will always remember the joy she shared in her classroom. Prayers that God will comfort you in your time of grief. My condolences.

  10. Marc, Jill, and sons, very sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet lady who knew everyone. Prayers for you all.
    Amy Lee and daughter, Jenna

  11. Loved Maxine’s typing 1 class and Maxine. Always so positive about life. Took typing 1 1971 SMHS. I can still type 70 words a minute just don’t use as much as I use to.

  12. With my deepest sympathies to the family. Maxine was a bright smile where ever she was She loved a good story and her laugh was a stimulation into your own soul. We will cherish her in our memories.

  13. Carver Family,

    When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. We extend our most sincere condolences to you.

    Lance Wishkeno, Lucy Martinek and family

  14. So sorry to hear of your loss. She was my favorite teacher. The only way I got a C out of typing class was to babysit for Mark and David.

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