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Obituary: Maxine Esplin Larrabee

Maxine Esplin Larrabee Love, Humility, Humor Maxine Esplin Larrabee, 87- passed through the veil into the loving arms of her dear husband Vernon and her savior Jesus Christ on November 20, 2005. Maxine was a very special wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was deeply loved by her family and many other friends. Maxine was born in Orderville Utah on November 22, 1917 the 10th of 13 children to Henry Cox Esplin and Lucy Chamberlain. She married Vernon Gowen Larrabee on November 24, 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple. She is survived by her sister Ramona Foster; children Stephen (Cheryl), Martha (Steve) Wilding, Sylvia, Stanley (Blyth), and David; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Maxine was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She graduated from the Branch Agricultural College. She loved reading, music, gardening and baking but most of all she loved her family. Maxine was a woman of great faith, patience and humor who would always see the bright side of any situation. Through her many bouts with cancer and during her final ordeal she demonstrated great strength and never lost her sense of humor. The words that best defined Maxine's life are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control and each of these qualities bore good fruit. At the end of her life Maxine continued to be a pillar of strength in a tiny, frail body. Her family expresses deep gratitude for her many wonderful caregivers at the end of her life. Funeral Services will be held on November 25, 2005 at the Hillside Stake Center, 1400 S. 1900 East in Salt Lake City at 12 noon. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. - 12 noon. In lieu of flowers Maxine has requested contributions be made to the American Heart Association, Huntsman Cancer Center or Primary Children's Medical Center.