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Maxine Rasmussen

Feb. 2, 1929 - May 20, 2021

Date of Service: Jun. 4, 2021

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BURLEY – Maxine Rasmussen, a 92-year-old resident of Burley and formerly of Rupert, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Highland Estates Assisted Living in Burley.

Maxine was born February 2, 1929, in Rupert, Idaho, the second child born to Sherman Ulysses and Edna Sylvia Christensen Anderson. She received her education in Rupert and graduated from Rupert High School in 1947. She married Melvin Lamar “Moon” Rasmussen in a double-wedding ceremony with her older sister, Janice, on October 31, 1947. Maxine and Moon were sealed for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on September 10, 1974.

Following marriage, they were engaged in custom farming in both Idaho and Nevada. In 1972, Maxine was diagnosed with cancer and spent months at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. After many months of treatment and an unbelievable amount of time spent in the hospital, she was pronounced cancer free in 1974. The two years spent valiantly fighting this illness caused Maxine the need to learn how to walk again. Even though it was challenging at times, she showed her ability to stay focused, endure long hours of therapy and was able to return to a normal way of life.

On June 19, 1978, Maxine lost a big part of her life with the sudden death of her husband, Moon. However, knowing she had to persevere, she started a new career in the healthcare sector working as a ward clerk at Cassia Memorial Hospital. Here, she was known for her hard-work ethic and made many lifelong friends. Upon her retirement in 1994, she continued working as a volunteer at the hospital and spent much of her time helping her mother care for her sister, Christine, who was born with Down’s syndrome. Maxine was always one to help someone in need.

Maxine simply loved people and was anxious to learn of the accomplishments of her family - whether it be her children, grandchildren, in-laws, nieces or nephews, she made everyone feel that they were loved by her and that they were an important part of her life. She enjoyed gardening and the daily visits to Forever Friends. A highlight in her life was visiting the New England States with an aunt in 1984 to see the fall colors.

She is survived by her children, Julia LeGault of Pocatello, Cheryl Klosterman of Paul, and Layne (Gayle) Rasmussen and Stan (Betty) Rasmussen both of Burley; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Patricia Anderson Dixon of Kimberly; two sisters-in-law, Lois Rasmussen and Violet Anderson; and a brother-in-law, Allen King.

In addition to her husband, Moon, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Alan Klosterman; four sisters, Janice Anderson, Shirley King, Christine Anderson and Diane Anderson; and her brother, Rodney Anderson.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 4, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, where a visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Rupert Cemetery.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/cf9lqDE7Wbs.

A live webcast of the Graveside Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/pqCqtPsUYkc.

Condolences for Maxine Rasmussen

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From Laurel Jensen:
This world has lost a great lady. She had such compassion and love for every one around her. She made the world a better place. Knowing her was loving her.
From Jami L. Hollahan:
Maxine will be missed dearly at our facility. We loved her, she was an awesome lady. My prayers to the family.
From Julia Sharon Rasmussen, LeGault:
I love forever. Your peace has come. Thank you for her life and now her peaceful passing.
From erik klosterman:
I will miss you Grandma. I love you. Tell everyone I say hi.
From Jana Darrington :
Aunt Maxine was a family treasure! She was sharp as a tack, always interested in our lives and shared words of encouragement when needed. I always felt better after spending time with her. Oh, how I imagine her heavenly arrival played out. Loved her so much and wish her kids and grandchildren comfort and peace during this time of sorrow.
From Johanna Anderson:
Maxine was such a wonderful person. We worked together at the hospital for several years. She was very kind and thoughtful. Just loved being around her- she had a knack for making people feel happy. So sorry for your loss.
From Sandra Stevens:
Jim and I came to know the Rasmussen family when we were all involved with farming in Winnemucca, NV. My mother always looked forward to getting to visit with Maxine. My dad was friends with Moon. We were friends with the their kids...a good family. We will be thinking of you all with fond memories.
From Cheryl Klosterman :
I love you Mom.
From Ida J Nelson:
We will miss Maxine, I remember as a child, she was a wonderful person
From Brandan Rodgers:
You were the best grandma anyone could have ever asked for. I love you and I'm happy you're finally with grandpa.
From Cathy Kraus:
Maxine was my second mom. I loved her like I loved my mom. She was the best neighbor we could have asked for. Maxine truly had the biggest heart and such unconditional love. I know you got your wish and are in a happy place. I love you sweet Maxine.
From Janie Payne:
Aunt Maxine always made you feel welcome at her home as a small child I always enjoyed going to her home... I hope as a family you can all share fond memories of your mom and dad and you can feel their presence with you. Love and miss you all.
From Marla Rasmussen :
Aunt Maxine was always spunky I loved her smile. Such zest of life she was awsome. She will be missed God bless your family at this time.

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