Maxine Joan (Corbin) Eatherton, 93, of Columbia City, Indiana stepped into eternity Tuesday morning, February 11, 2020. Born September 13, 1926, she was the older twin born to Alva Perry and Ruby Camilla (Kennedy) Corbin of Wharton, Ohio, Wyandot County. Her twin brother Max Junior Corbin preceded her in death.
She graduated from the Wharton High School with the class of 1944, and attended college at Tiffin, Ohio Business University. Maxine worked for 2 ½ years at Wright Patterson Air Force base Dayton, Ohio, near the end of WWII.
After returning to her hometown area, she married Merritt Asa Eatherton on April 23, 1947 at Wharton Church of God. She spent the next 22 years raising her family on her parents' dairy farm. She and her husband later built a new home of the edge of town, where they lived for the next 34 years. After leaving the farm, Maxine worked for the Findlay News Agency for 14 years.
While Maxine enjoyed crafts and sewing, her primary passion was her Faith and work in the Church. In her home church she was treasurer for over 53 years and taught all ages of Sunday School classes for 50 years. She was a member of the Women's Christian Service Council, served on the Church Board, and assembled the church history books for the 75th and 100th anniversaries. She was a president of both the local and state WCSC and served as its national treasurer for 11 years. Additionally, she served on her denomination's National Ministries Commission and was a coordinator for the annual Summer Seminar for 11 years. She was an active part of the Auxiliary of Gideons International for over 30 years.
Maxine and Merritt purchased a home in Columbia City, Indiana in December of 2003 to be closer to their son Bob and family. Special blessings to Maxine were all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Visitation is 2-6 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2019 at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City, Indiana. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Johnson officiating. A visitation will also be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 22 at Wharton First Church of God, 108 Cass St, Wharton, Ohio with her funeral service immediately following with Pastor David Olegard officiating. A private family committal will follow where she will be laid to rest beside her husband at Wharton-Richland-Union Cemetery. Clark Shields Funeral Home, Forest, Ohio will be assisting in the Ohio services. Memorials may be given in her memory towards Missions at either Columbia City First Church of God, Wharton Church of God or to Gideons International. Visit www. Demoneygrimes.com to send her family condolences online.
I am sorry to hear of Mrs Eatherton's passing. She was such a nice lady who I enjoyed talking to. We always sit close in the pews at church and I missed her when she stopped coming. I visited her at Millers a couple times and she was always cheerful and full of joy. She was a great lady. Ginger Bellam
Bob, I never had the pleasure of meeting your mother but reading about her and her love for His church and its work is exciting. I know you will miss her but she has run her race and fought the good fight and her spirit is with our heavenly father. May He comfort you and give you peace at this time. Ron Throneburg
So sorry to hear of your loss. May God comfort all of you in this time of grief. Martin and Sharon Still
Our deepest sympathies to all of you. We remember Maxine as a very cheerful woman with a warm smile. We know your loss will take time to heal. She will rejoice with Him in heaven and that will sustain your peace. Leahn and Malcolm Meyer
You have our most deepest sympathy. Maxine meant alot to many of us her family. We will miss her and all her wise knowledge she gave us. We loved her dearly. Francis and Linda Corbin
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.
Brett Gerber, Randy Grimes, Kris Hardiman and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home
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