BANGOR and DES MOINES Iowa - Ardeth Kathleen Maxwell Baber, 80, died peacefully in her sleep April 28, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She lives this day in paradise with her heavenly father, her savior, Jesus Christ, and the angels of the Lord. Ardeth Maxwell was born March 22, 1933, in the farming town of Perry, Iowa. Her parents, the late Malcolm and Wilma Maxwell, instilled a strong work ethic that lasted throughout her life.
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Growing up, Ardeth enjoyed roughhousing and playing sports with her brothers, Don and Larry. After graduating high school in Des Moines, Iowa, Ardeth followed her dream to become a registered nurse, receiving her diploma in nursing from the University of Iowa. During her nursing career, Ardeth became a certified rehabilitation nurse, providing skilled nursing care for patients with head injuries and other catastrophic conditions. Throughout the last decade of her career, Ardeth cared for injured veterans at Veterans Affairs hospitals in Augusta, Georgia and Knoxville, Iowa. Ardeth was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Bangor. During her retirement, Ardeth was a caring friend and caregiver at My Friend's Place, an Alzheimer's respite program provided by her church and where she served as a parish nurse. She was a regular fixture at the free Thursday suppers at church where she humbly worked the dish machine. She loved playing cards and did so on a weekly basis with many of her friends.
Ardeth is survived by her two sons, Brett D. Baber and wife, Gayle, of Veazie, and Neil W. Baber of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Lindsay Baber, Matthew Baber, Kristian Baber, Makenzie Baber, Krystal Miller, Ariel Baber, Elyssa Baber and Ben Ingram; great-grandchildren, Kaylee Reed and Jordan Ingram; brother, Larry and wife, Sonja; sister-in-law, Nancy Maxwell; four nieces and nephews; several cousins, and many dear friends in Bangor and around the country. She was predeceased by her parents; and brother, Don.
A celebration of Christian life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St., Bangor. Interment will be this summer at the Maxwell family gravesite in Davenport, Iowa. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to either My Friend's Place, care of First United Methodist Church; or to Ardeth's team as part of "2013 Champion for the Cure" to benefit cancer care at EMMC Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931.
Published in BDN Maine on May 1, 2013