Maxine Sibbit was born May 4, 1927, in Absarokee, to Mack and Violet Reed Mason. She attended schools in Columbus, Townsend and Absarokee. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1945.
As a young adult, she discovered that on her birth certificate it said “Baby Mason,” so she chose the name Beverly with the middle name of Maxine. By that time everyone had used the “Maxine” name so much that no one called her by her chosen legal name.
In 1944, she married a soldier named Joe Yates. A few months later, he was killed in combat in Belgium. After graduating from high school, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service in western Montana and Oregon. On Aug. 22, 1946, she married Loyd Sibbit who had recently returned from combat in the Philippines. This summer they would have celebrated 69 years of marriage.
She worked as an executive assistant at Occident Elevator, Russell Miller Milling Company, KGHL Radio and Holiday Furniture. She retired as the secretary at the Billings Boys and Girls Club.
Maxine was a bookworm of the first order and loved to travel. Seaside, Ore., became one of their favorite vacation spots. After retiring they wintered at Emerald Cove RV Resort on the Colorado River near Parker, Ariz.
After a serious injury, due to a fall, Maxine passed away on June 26, 2015. She will be loved and missed by all.
She is survived by her husband Loyd; her three daughters Gayla (Dean) Taylor, of Ft. Collins, Colo., Candy (Dennis) Klein, of Billings, Holly (Gail) Struhs, of Boise, Idaho; and numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; her brother Don Mason (Violet) Columbus, and two sisters, Doris (Bill) Chinery, Kennewick, Wash., Elsie (Jon) Liechty, of Minot, N.D., and many nieces and nephews. Her parents, Marian Geiger, Helen Saunders and Bonnie DuMolt, preceded her in death. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Billings Boys and Girls Club.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., July 2 at Smith Downtown Funeral Chapel. Interment followed July 3 in Absarokee. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting smithfuneralchapels.com.