Maxine was born August 3, 1931 in Olathe, Colorado, daughter of Clifford and Esther (Elicker) Atkinson and raised south of Brady.

She attended rural country school and then graduated from Brady High School. After graduation, she moved to Lincoln to attend Lincoln General School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. She worked for many years as a nurse. Maxine married Allen Fickenscher on March 21, 1953 at Brady, and to this union three children were born — Nancy, Tim and Tom.

The family made their home in Brady and then Gothenburg. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. Maxine enjoyed quilting and baking bread. She collected stamps and thimbles. April Fool’s Day was her favorite day to pull pranks. She loved being outside - camping and going on picnics. She loved cardinals and spiders. She cherished her family and friends and often wrote them letters.

She is survived by her husband Allen of Gothenburg, and two sons, Tom (Cindy) Fickenscher of Gothenburg, Tim Fickenscher (Carol Windum) of Omaha, daughter, Nancy (John) Gerrard of Lincoln, seven grandchildren and 14 grandchildren; along with numerous extended family and friends.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents and brother, James Atkinson.

A book signing was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Monday, November 18, 2019.with the family present.

Memorial Services were held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Tuesday, November 19, 2019.with Rev. Jeff Cottingham officiating.

Private Interment followed in Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.

Memorials may be given to the Heifer International, 1 World Ave. Little Rock, AR 72202 or the Gothenburg Library 1104 Lake, Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.