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Helen Maxine Meyers, 90

| March 27, 2024 12:00 AM

Helen “Maxine” Meyers (1933–2024) 

Helen Maxine Meyers a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2024, at 90. She departed this world from the comfort of her favorite lounger, just as she had wished. 

Born on Nov. 21, 1933 in Kalispell, her early years were shaped by the rugged beauty of the timberland her parents owned in Trego. Growing up amidst her father Art’s lumber camps, she was surrounded by hardworking lumberjacks and the warmth and good food from her mother Lucille's wood stove. 

Maxine's education took place in a humble one-room schoolhouse, where 19-year-old teachers imparted knowledge to eager young minds. In 1952, she married Merle "Gene" Erie, and together they welcomed four children into their lives. 

Life took unexpected turns, and Maxine and Gene eventually parted ways. She found love again and married Al Meyers. Maxine was a homemaker and enjoyed making extra income by giving piano lessons and house painting. Her love for music extended beyond teaching. In her younger years, she played piano for dances at the Trego Community Hall, and for many years after that she volunteered as an organist at the Lutheran Church in Eureka. 

Her infectious smile, quick wit, and kind heart endeared her to all who knew her. Besides enjoying playing the piano, she enjoyed crocheting, reading, artistic painting, and jigsaw puzzles. Her upbeat spirit brightened every room she entered. 

Maxine leaves behind a legacy of love. 

She is survived by her three children, Kay (Butch) Granger of Kalispell, Marjorie Howell of Columbia Falls, and Duane (Mary) Erie of Trego; her ex-husband and forever friend, Gene; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one nephew. 

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, two brothers, Eddie and Jack; son, Dale; and her second husband, Al. 

In honoring Maxine's memory, let us celebrate a life well-lived, filled with compassion, joy, and the simple pleasures that made her heart sing. May her spirit continue to resonate in the hearts of those she touched. 

A celebration of Maxine’s life will be held later this summer.