Obituary: Maxine Ruth Burley

Posted at 8:09 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 10:12:18-04

Maxine Ruth Burley, 81, passed away Monday, March 30th, 2020, at her home in Great Falls, Montana, after a lengthy illness.

Maxine was born on January 31, 1939, in Great Falls, MT, to Robert and June Stewart; she was one of six children. She attended school in Belt, MT, for most of her scholar years, and subsequently graduated from Belt High School. As a teen, Max worked at Klick’s Camp near Gibson Dam, the Black Diamond Café in Belt, Park Café in Fairfield, a beauty salon in Sunburst, and Gov-Mart in Renton, WA.

She was also a passionate and proud EMT with the Belt Ambulance; she carried this role for many, many years.

After meeting her first husband, Edward P. Puppe, they married in 1957 and eventually moved to Renton, WA. Together they raised 4 children, but later divorced.

While vacationing in Montana in the summer of 1970, Maxinemet Kenneth L. Burley. She ultimately relocated back to Belt, MT with Ken, marrying shortly after on September 5, 1970. In 1971, they welcomed their last child, and quickly settled in as a family of 5. Ken and Maxine owned and operated Ken’s Eastside Bar until Ken’s untimely death in July of 2003. Max continued operation of the bar until 2005.

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