Rushville Republican

May 15, 2013

Maxine Gordon Oldham, 84


Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Maxine Gordon Oldham, 84, of Greenwood, formerly of Rush County, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Morristown.

She was born May 19, 1928, in Fayette County to Fred and Dora (Waggoner) Maple. She was a 1946 graduate of Rushville High School. Maxine married Francis Gordon Aug. 17, 1947. Francis preceded her in death April 24, 1983. She married Maurice Oldham Jan. 27, 1985; he survives.

Maxine was a beautiful soloist. Her love of singing and playing music led her to being one of the 12 Girls singing group and member of the school band while attending high school. She was also a soloist for the dance band 10 Key Notes in the mid ‘40s. She was a longtime member of Plum Creek Christian Church where she sang in the choir and served as church organist for many years. She was a member of the Rushville Music Study Club and played the piano for over 25 years for Christ 3C’s. Maxine lived on a farm in Rush County until she married Maurice and moved to the Greenwood area in 1985. She became involved in the Southport Lions Club and attended Edgewood United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. She also sang with the dance band The Serenades.

In addition to her husband, Maurice, of Greenwood, Maxine is survived by daughters, Carolyn Keith and Kathryn Newkirk (husband Darrell); sons, Philip Gordon (wife Michele) and Elbert Gordon (wife Diane), all of Rush County; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren (with the 20th due any day); two step great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; step sons, David Oldham of Virginia, Mark Oldham of Oregon, Rick Oldham (wife Nancy) of Indianapolis and Doug Oldham of Bright, Ind.; step daughter, Christine Hood (husband Greg) of Georgia; 13 step grandchildren; and seven step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francis Gordon; a grandson, Michael Keith; brothers, Ben and Marion Maple; and sisters, Norma Snyder and Helen Wilson.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Plum Creek Christian Church with Steve Abernathy and Ray Sweet presiding. Friends are welcome to visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17 at Moster Mortuary, Rushville. Burial will be in Center Cemetery in Rush County.

Memorial contributions may be made to Plum Creek Christian Church of Rushville, Michael Keith Scholarship Fund c/o Rush County Community Foundation, Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation and Edgewood United Methodist Church East Epler Avenue in Indianapolis.