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Maxcene Veller


October 11, 1918
December 19, 2019

Visitation 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Monday, December 23, 2019 - Day Macz Funeral Home, Sandoval
Funeral 1:00 P.M. Monday, December 23, 2019 - Day Macz Funeral Home, Sandoval

Harriet “Maxcene” Veller, 101, of Centralia passed away peacefully Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Centralia Manor. She was born on October 11, 1918 the daughter of Newton and Vivian (Garren) Creed in Centralia. She married her sweetheart, Wilvy Veller on November 27, 1933 and he preceded her in death in 1968.

Survivors remain that remember Maxcene’s wit and kindness include her loving children, Shirley King and husband Roger of Centralia, Norma Halis and husband Matt of Centralia, and Carolyn Hoffmann and husband Bob of Trenton; 17 cherished grandchildren; 42 precious great-grandchildren; 36 treasured great-great-grandchildren; kind daughter-in-law, Kay Veller; caring son-in-law, Carl Johnson; loved brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jerry Chappell and wife Ann, Tom Chappell and wife Cathy, and Rose Deadmond.

Along with her husband, Wilvy Veller, Mrs. Veller was preceded in death by both her parents, Newton and Vivian Creed; sisters, Betty Reid, Rosalee Davis, Louise Davis, and Mary Veller; brothers, Herschel Creed, and Dwight Creed; and children, Bonnie Lloyd-McClelland, Lenwood Veller, and Wilma Johnson.

Mrs. Veller was a lifelong member, since 1948, of Glenridge Baptist Church in Junction City where she served as a Sunday school teacher, secretary, vacation bible school teacher, and led the girl’s auxillary. She was also a member of the National AARP. She worked diligently as a Housekeeper, and Supervisor at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia for 17 years. Maxcene enjoyed travel and loved to be whisked away to new places to explore. Maxcene gave her heart and her time to any family member in need. She was a true caretaker in every sense of the word, opening her home as a place to let her family get on their feet after returning home from war and starting their own family. Maxcene’s family came first and she had her bag packed each time the family welcomed a new addition. She would stay with the family of the new baby to offer a helping hand and arms to cradle the new bundle of joy so the parents could get some much needed rest. Maxcene was a beautiful lady of action. She not only said she would do something she made it happen. Maxcene’s family and friends will always cherish their times together and they will honor Maxcene’s memory by continuing her legacy of service, kindness, availability, and love.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, December 23, 2019 at Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval with Rev. James Shemwell officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in rural Sandoval. Friends are welcome to a visitation time from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the service at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Maxcene’s honor to Little Grove Christian Church. Online condolences and memories of Maxcene may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.