Maxine Friedrich, 87, of Jackson, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

She was born October 12, 1929, to Ralph and Beulah “Babe” Austin Webb.  She and Paul Ray Friedrich were married March 25, 1950, at the parsonage of St. John’s United Church of Christ near Jackson.  Six children were born to their union.

Maxine was a 1947 graduate of Oak Ridge High School.  She briefly worked at the former hosiery mill in Jackson.  When she and Paul Ray started their family, Maxine fully dedicated her time to her family and their farm.

She was a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and was active in the Women’s Fellowship Group.  In addition to being well known for her cooking, she was a member of the former Byrds Creek Homemakers Club and bowled over 30 years with the Coffee Drinker’s League at Jackson Lanes.

She was an avid gardener, and for many years she enjoyed monthly “Coffee Clatch” meetings with three of her dearest high school friends.

Loving survivors include her husband of 67 years, Paul Ray Friedrich of Jackson; six children, Paula Friedrich of Cape Girardeau, Gail (Gary) Kamp of Burfordville, Randy (Yvonne) Friedrich of Jackson, Patti (Ronnie) Asher of Jackson, Sandra Friedrich of Fort Myers, Florida, Tammy (Jim) Mueller of Jackson: 10 grandchildren, Laura (Kris) Daniel, Renee Asher, Ryan (Whitney) Asher, Chris and Cassie Kamp, Kent and Alex Friedrich, Erin and Kyle Bise, and Chase Mueller; three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Greyson Daniel, Adley Asher; a sister, Lucille (the late Marshall) Moser of Fort Wayne, Indiana; two step-brothers, Dale (Mary) Propst, Jr. and Carroll Wayne (Judy) Propst; a sister-in-law, Beverly Friedrich of St. Louis; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mildred “Billie” (Walter) Surface; a stepsister, Mildred (Floyd) Besher; and a brother-in-law, Doug Friedrich.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 24, 2017, in Chapel A of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dave Schaffner officiating.

Burial will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. John’s United Church of Christ or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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  1. Trenna Bradshaw

    So sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. May you find comfort and peace knowing that you will one day be reunited. Cherish your memories.

  2. Jennifer Deates

    My heart aches for you all, I feel like I’ve known her personally the last 11 years I’ve been with Sandra, Erin & Kyle. Always remember there’s a special place in each of our hearts for our mothers, just like there’s a special place in every mother’s heart for her children. You must continue to carry her memory in that special place in your heart. I am sincerely sorry for the loss. {Hugs}

  3. Jodi Morehead

    Sandra, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jodi, Len and MaryJane Morehead, Fort Myers, FL.

  4. On behalf of Sandra’s friends and co-workers at the Southwest Florida Apartment Association, our condolences go out to the entire Friedrich family. May you find peace in memories & in knowing that mom is healthy and safe until you meet again. -Holli Noel, Fort Myers, FL

  5. Rhonda Popp

    Thoughts and prayers for the family at this time of such sadness, As one day you all will be together again. She will hold a special bond with each one of you always as you keep her memories with the stories you will pass on……

  6. Jennifer Monks

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family.

  7. The resurrection and peace of Christ is also the gift given to your mom. I so enjoyed the years of being on the same bowling league and several times on the same team with your mom. Maxine was a dear friend. Asking God to place his arms around you to comfort you in your loss.

  8. Sheree Williamson

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I really enjoyed having Maxine as a friend. She had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed the times I was able to be around her. She touched many lives and will be missed.

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