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Maxine Barber

September 29, 1934 — January 2, 2020

Maxine Zuehlke Barber, 85, passed away January 2, 2020 in Bryan.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at St. John’s United Church of Christ of Burton, with Pastor Darrin Holub officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Monday, January 6, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.

The family requests those attending visitation and the funeral wear purple and/or red as a tribute to Maxine.

Maxine was born in Burton on September 29, 1934 to Max and Olivia (Weber) Zuehlke. She graduated from Blinn College and achieved an Associates Degree. She worked hard as a cashier at Ace Hardware for twenty-nine years.

Maxine was baptized at St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Burton and was confirmed on April 10, 1949 at the same church. Maxine and Paul Lord Barber fell in love on their blind date on Valentine’s Day, 1954 and were married July 25, 1954 at St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church. They happily enjoyed 40 more Valentine’s Days together.

Maxine enjoyed reading paperbacks, and socializing with her groups, especially the Senior Groups. She was a “social butterfly”. She was a life member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. She also really loved flowers, to party, and was always ready to go!

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Paul Max and Jeanette Barber of Bryan, Texas; sister and brother-in-law Judy and Martin Schulz of Brenham, Texas; nieces, Debbie Lehrmann, Kristy and Shayne Wheeler, Lori and David George, and Emil, Michelle DuPont and Rick Knight, Nancy Binford and husband Thom; nephews, Marty and Melissa, and Madison Schulz, Skip Johnson, Dr. Marc Johnson and wife Gay, and Brad DuPont; cousins, Patti and Harry Pinkert, and Elizabeth and Robert Walker.

Maxine was preceded in death by parents, Max and Olivia (Weber) Zuehlke; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy Louise and Otto Q. Lehrmann; stepmothers, Gladys Zuehlke, and Ira Zuehlke; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank Henry P. and Lolita Irene (Lord) Clement; stepfather-in-law, Doc Barber; sisters-in-law, Dr. Shirley Johnson and Dr. Phyllis Moore; and brother-in-law, Dr. Byron Barber.

Serving as pallbearers will be Clarence Giles, Harry Penkert, Martin Schulz, Tim Richardson, Dale Guelker, Shane Guelker, Stephen Germann, Marty Schulz, Rick Knight and Ray Thaler. Honorary pallbearers will be Corene Niemeyer, Sharon Harmel Giles, William Wendler, Bodacious Burton Babes (Red Hat Society), Beta Sigma Phi, The Overcomers Home Group Fellowship Church, and Handmaidens.

Memorials may be directed to St. John’s United Church of Christ of Burton or Fellowship Church of College Station.

Funeral arrangements for Maxine Zuehlke Barber are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham 979-836-4564.

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    Burton, Texas 77835
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