Alvina Maxine Lovitt

8108715 Fbs

Alvina Maxine Lovitt, “Grandma Maxine”, 100, of Stapleton, was a firecracker in life and went out with a bang on the Fourth of July, 2022, at her home.  She was born on October 12, 1921 to Fred and Ethel (Robinson) Linderman of Stapleton. 

Maxine was born and raised in the Stapleton area and always lived within a 10-mile radius of the town, except when her late husband, Lloyd, was in the service.  After graduating from Baker Rural High School (Stapleton High School) in 1939, Maxine taught school when she was only 17, teaching some students that were older than she.  Maxine and Lloyd were married on January 24th, 1942. When Lloyd was discharged from the service in 1945, they began ranching in partnership with Dr. E.F. Carr until beginning their own ranch operation at the home they built near Stapleton.  

Besides helping and working on the family ranch, Maxine was extremely involved in all of her family’s lives as well as in the community. Just to list a few, she was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Banner Mothers, Bible Studies, Cornerstone Women’s Church Group, Farm Bureau, Senior Citizen’s Friendship Club, Pitch Club, and was a volunteer Grandma for the First-Grade class at Stapleton School.  She traveled a bit as well, visiting Hawaii, Alaska and both coasts.  Maxine helped build, and was the primary owner of the Stapleton grocery store, Mainstreet Market and Deli. At age 94 she was still working there faithfully, open to close every single day unless she was gone somewhere.  She loved that store and all the people who came through its doors.  Maxine was a loving, compassionate, funny, and all-around amazing woman.  Most of all, she was strong. Her earthly vessel carried her 100 full years through many hardships and countless joys. Like a firework, her colors burst all around her. Now she has been carried home by her Lord.

Survivors include her children, Jerrilynn Godfrey of Lewellen, Kennard (Donna Jo) Lovitt, Candyce (Ben) Barbee, Max (Diane) Lovitt all of Stapleton; grandchildren, Mark (Shelly) Lovitt, Tammy Morrison, Jay (Brenda) Lovitt, Barry (Nikki) Lovitt, Vicki (Kent) Weems, Ted (Kim) Godfrey, Robb (Therese) Godfrey, Lori (Mark) Stevens, Kendra (Tony) Cutler, Kennetha (Jim) Amos, Kami (Dale) Florea, Krista (Tony) Eggleston, Clint (Karrie) Hanna, Dale Hanna, Daleen (Mike) Behrends, Angie (Nate) Stiverson, Latisha Lovitt; 40 great grandchildren; 35 great great grandchildren; sisters, Eula Boeser, Joyce (Irvin) Fletcher, Winnie Janacek; numerous other family members and friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Fred and Ethel; husband, Lloyd; son, Terry Lovitt; son-in-law, Gerald Godfrey; daughter-in-law, Janice Lovitt-Berglund; siblings, Cleora, Elenor, Lela, Leota, Jake, and Jean.

Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.  Online condolences at

Services will be held 10:00 A.M., Monday, July 11, 2022 at Stapleton Presbyterian Church with Reverend Mark Rohrbach officiating.  Inurnment will be held 1:00 P.M., Monday, July 11, 2022 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.  Those wishing to sign the register book may do so noon-4:00 P.M., Sunday, July 10, 2022 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.