Maxine E. Kilness

March 5, 2013 • Obituaries


Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church for Maxine Kilness of Roswell, who passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Rev. Daniel Praeuner will conduct the funeral services and interment will follow the church service at South Park Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at Lagrone Funeral Chapel.

Maxine was born Aug. 3, 1919, in Commerce, Texas, to Edgar and Bertha Griffith Ledford. Maxine was married in l945 to Lt. Col. Kenneth Freeman Kilness who was stationed at Walker Air Force Base for 14 years. Col. Kilness preceded Maxine in death Jan. 7, 2007, as did a son Kenneth Lynn Kilness of Sierra Vista, Ariz., in l993. Three brothers, Glynn Ledford, James Ledford and Robert Ledford also preceded Maxine in death.

Maxine is survived by one sister Marcella Steinkuhler of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; two daughters, Linda Kay Hansen of Albuquerque and Beverly Jean Scaling of Las Cruces; two sons-in-law, James Hansen and Robert Scaling; one daughter-in-law Cherryl Kilness of Roswell; nine grandchildren, Kenneth Lon Kilness, Holly Kilness Packett, Heather Kilness Koonce, Lori Hendrex, Karen Johnson, Capt. James Hansen II, Jordan Guadet, Allison Scaling and Brennen Scaling and seven great-grandchildren, Kenneth Matthew Kilness, Brittany Cloud, Austin Kilness, Mackenzie Hendrex, Allie Hendrex, Sebastian Gaudet and Juliette Gaudet. She also has four great-great-grandchildren.

Maxine was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, participating in many bible studies and serving at Vacation Bible School for many years. She participated in the Officer’s Wives Club at Walker Air Force Base. Maxine was a member of the Ladies Service League of Roswell and helped with their thrift store for many years. Maxine worked in retail sales for C.R. Anthony and The Pampered Lady in Roswell. Maxine was most proud of all of her children and homemaking abilities. Maxine will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Ed Osborn, Bud Kunkel, Kenny Kilness, Hugh Taylor, Gene Peterson and Steve Pack. Honorary pall bearers will be Morgan Nelson, Capt. James Hansen II, Pete Kunkel, and Warren Kiess. The family wishes to thank the staff and many friends at Villa Del Rey Community, where Maxine resided the past six years, for the excellent care given to her and community life she so enjoyed. .

Condolences can be made online at

Arrangements are under the directions of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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