Maxine Barnes Obituary

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Maxine Elizabeth Cady Barnes

January 10, 1925 - December 11, 2011
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Maxine Elizabeth (Cady) Barnes, age 86, lifelong Beaverton citizen, Bethel Congregational Church member and devoted Oregon Duck fan passed away December 11, 2011 in Beaverton, Oregon. She was of the fourth generation of the Pioneer Cady family. Her great grandfather Alonzo B. Cady was the 1st mayor of Beaverton in 1893. Born January 10, 1925 in Portland to Willis L. and Edith (Weaver) Cady. She attended Beaverton Schools and University of Oregon (Gamma Phi Beta) graduating in the School of Music. In 1946 she married "the boy I fell in love with in the 2nd grade", Bob Barnes. A piano prodigy Maxine naturally turned to music as...
Maxine Elizabeth (Cady) Barnes, age 86, lifelong Beaverton citizen,
Bethel Congregational Church member and devoted Oregon Duck fan passed
away December 11, 2011 in Beaverton, Oregon.
She was of the fourth generation of the Pioneer Cady family. Her
great grandfather Alonzo B. Cady was the 1st mayor of Beaverton in 1893.
Born January 10, 1925 in Portland to Willis L. and Edith (Weaver) Cady.
She attended Beaverton Schools and University of Oregon (Gamma Phi Beta)
graduating in the School of Music. In 1946 she married "the boy I fell
in love with in the 2nd grade", Bob Barnes.
A piano prodigy Maxine naturally turned to music as an outlet for her
gift: teaching piano lessons, organizing and directing the first high
school choir at Bethel Congregational Church and in 1955 becoming Director
of Music and Organist. In 1956 she began teaching music in the Beaverton
School District. There she was famous for her elaborate mini Broadway
musicals. In 1973 she was awarded Teacher of the Year honors. As a
teacher, director and musician Maxine was admired, respected and loved by
her peers, but especially by her students.
Following the passing of her husband Bob in 1988, Maxine became active
family matriarch even as she started a new adventure as real estate
broker. Though busy in her real estate career she was still active in her
music and church; planned travel adventures with her children and
grandchildren, all while dispatching letters of advice to the coach(es) of
her beloved Oregon Ducks.
After her second career, Maxine directed and played for the Way Off
Broadway Singers that toured local Senior Centers. During this time she
became a companion of Earl Bolliger, a friend since Beaverton High days.
They happily shared life's journey until Earl's passing in 2006. Maxine
was blessed with a great talent, a strong work ethic, wore many hats,
touched so many lives, and brimmed with such life energy that some mused
that she was really a "human doing".
Maxine is survived by her children: Greg Barnes (Alice), Judi Prewitt
(Steve), Dianna Salmon (Jim), Joan Schubel (Lyn), 11 grandchildren and 5
great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her grandson Blakely Barnes,
husband Bob Barnes and brother David Cady.
Maxine was laid to rest with family at Crescent Grove Cemetery, next to
her beloved Bob and under the graven stone image of a grand piano – the
music that was her life plays on...
The family suggests remembrances in Maxine's name be sent to Bethel
Congregational Church.
A memorial service will be held at 1 P.M. on Saturday,
January 7, 2012 at Bethel
Congregational Church, 5105 SW Watson Ave., Beaverton, Oregon.

Arrangements under the direction of Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Chapel, Beaverton, OR.

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