Maxine Ruth Beane, 92, died peacefully in her sleep on March 17 at her daughter’s home in Amherst, New Hampshire. Maxine was born February 27, 1931 in Waldoboro, Maine to Albert Shuman and Hazel Heyer Shuman. She graduated from Waldoboro High School in 1949.
After graduation from high school, Maxine worked as a school secretary and as an assistant nurse in Camden, Maine. She was married to her high school sweetheart, Merrick Beane, on December 8, 1952. After Merrick’s discharge from the navy, the newlyweds moved to Wisconsin where Merrick attended Milwaukee School of Engineering. In later years, Maxine and Merrick lived and worked in Syracuse, New York, Liverpool, New York, and Chelmsford, Massachusetts. At the time of Merrick’s retirement in 1996, they moved to their final home in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Maxine was known as a high energy personality. She and Merrick enjoyed gardening and landscaping their own property and could often be found planting and tending to flowering trees and shrubs on weekends. Among other hobbies and leisure pursuits, Maxine particularly loved oldies pop hits, spirituals, and gospel music. She frequently played these selections on her own piano and organ at home. Also, Maxine wrote many of her own spiritual songs, and Merrick enjoyed preserving her performances on tape and CD.
As a young person, Maxine participated in a women’s trio at church. Later, she was a member and Sunday School teacher at Lutheran Churches near her residences in New York and Massachusetts. Finally, Maxine and Merrick were also members of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA.
Maxine was predeceased by her husband, Merrick I. Beane in January of 2022, and by a sister, Dorothy Sprague in July of the same year. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Ramirez of Amherst, New Hampshire, and by her sister, Alberta Walter of Waldoboro, Maine and brother, Richard Shuman of Wiscasset, Maine.
A graveside service to celebrate Maxine’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on May 3 at the Shuman Cemetery in Waldoboro, Maine. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, 949 Main Street, Waldoboro, Maine. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.hallfuneralhomes.com