Maxine's Story

CARIBOU - Maxine Louise Stedt, daughter of Leonard and Sadie(Conley) Beaulier, died unexpectedly with family by her side on Tuesday, April 30 2014 at Caribou. She was born in Washburn, Aug. 16, 1932 the seventh child of nine children.

She married Maynard Stedt in 1949 and, until his death in 1987, they enjoyed 36 years together at their home in Woodland, and at their camp at Little Madawaska Lake. Maxine's greatest joy in life was preparing a home-cooked meal for her family and attending gatherings that included extended family and friends especially when it included a round or two of cards. She was well known for her old fashioned molasses cookies, chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, and fried chicken. Many people were challenged to duplicate the recipes that were written on her heart and measured in her well-worn tiny hands. Maxine was educated in Washburn schools and worked at home caring for her sons and on the Stedt family farm in the early years of her marriage. She later was employed by McCains in Washburn, and Elcon and Mecon in Caribou. Maxine cherished the friendships she made with schoolmates and co-workers and especially enjoyed her Wednesday afternoon card group. She felt fortunate that she was able to experience two trips to Alaska, as well as several trips to Texas, Florida, California, and Las Vegas.

Besides her parents and husband, Maxine was predeceased by her brother Clarence, six sisters: Hazel, Jeanette, Eunice, Della, Clairbelle, and Josephine, as well as a longtime companion Donald (Ike) Tompkins of Kittery. She is survived by a sister Winifred Pate and her family of Anchorage, AL; three sons and their families: Michael and Irma Stedt, Joseph and Josebeth of El Paso TX; Robert and Susan Stedt of New Sweden, Jason of Fort Kent, Kelly and Amber of New Sweden, Lea and Justin of Caribou; Jerry and Elaine Stedt of Topsham, Jessica and Tim of Auburn and Jeri Rene of Watertown, MA; as well as five great grand children: Coty, Sara, Logan, Amos, and Benjamin; dear friends, Nancy and Lewis Leavitt of Caribou and their family; sister-in-law Judy Stedt of Woodland as well as many nieces and nephews.

Maxine has asked that family and friends celebrate her life at a later date when the sunshine is warm, the grass is green, the trees are shady, and the flowers are fragrant and plentiful. Maxine and her family are thankful for the care and consideration provided by the staff of Cary Medical Center in Caribou. Those who wish may make contributions in her name to Jefferson Cary Foundation. Arrangements by the Mockler Funeral Home, Caribou.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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