Longtime Redmond resident Maxine Peden passed away at her daughter’s home on January 30, 2011. Maxine was born to George and Bertha Elliott on the family farm in Terrebonne, Ore., on January 24, 1917. She was fourth of their seven children. She attended school in Redmond all through grade and high school. She attended Pacific University in Forest Grove for one year.
She married the love of her life, Joe W. Peden, on November 25, 1937, in Redmond. They had three children, George, William and Joenette. During WWII, the family moved to Portland, Ore., while Joe was hauling ammunition for the war effort. During that time, Maxine was a stay-at-home mom, Sunday school teacher, Cub Scout leader and avid gardener.
In 1955, they returned to Redmond. Joe and Maxine built and opened Peden’s Ice Cream Store in May of 1956, which they owned and operated for eight years. She later worked for Deschutes Farmers Co-Op, Ace Hardware, and Butler Aircraft, where she was the bookkeeper, until her retirement at age 70.
Maxine was a master gardener, a member of the Redmond Garden Club, and the Redmond Budding Society. She was helpful in the planning and planting of the city gardens and the gardens at the library. She was much loved by her three children, 14 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Grandma’s house was a magical place.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joe, all of her siblings, her son, George; granddaughter, Sarah; and great-grandchildren, Austin James and Kai Ruelas. Th family requests in lieu of flowers, please donate in Maxine’s name to the Humane Society of Redmond.