Maxine L. Knox


December 17, 1915 - August 10, 2016


Maxine L. Knox was born December 17, 1915 to Peter S. and Birdena L. (Gerrits) Parks, at Chester, SD.  In 1933 she graduated from Chester High School.  Following graduation, she attended Schyler School of Cosmetology in Sioux Falls, SD, and then moved to Alexandria, SD where she owned and operated Maxine’s Beauty Shop for many years.

In 1937 Maxine married Maurice W. Chase.  After his death in 1957 she was appointed to fill out his unexpired term as Hanson County Treasurer and continued to hold that office until her retirement in 1978.  She was a member of the Alexandria Methodist Church serving as treasurer for many years, was lay leader to Annual Conference, taught Sunday School, was counselor of the Alexandria Methodist Youth Fellowship and a member of United Methodist Women and Wesleyan Service Guild.

In 1978 she married A. Boyd Knox and moved to Mitchell.  Maxine became an active member of the First United Methodist Church, the Methodist Hospital Auxiliary, P.E.O. Chapter AP, the Order of the Eastern Star and YWCA.  She did volunteer work for the Salvation Army, Oscar Howe Museum, and Friends of the Middle Border Museum.  She was very artistic and enjoyed crafts and knitting.

She is survived by one daughter, Janis Miller and husband, Robert, Pine River, MN; one daughter-in-law, Charlene Chase, Canby, OR; four grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three step-children: Kay Gough, Big Fork, MT, David Knox and wife Patty, League City, TX and  Gina Knox and husband, Richard Noll, Malibu, CA;  step daughter-in-law, Donna Knox, Traverse City, MI; nine step-grandchildren and fourteen step- great- grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Lawrence Lee of Peoria, AZ; and one sister-in-law, Helen Parks of Casa Grande, AZ.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Maurice Chase (1957), husband, Boyd Knox (2001); a son, Dr. Donald Chase (2016); a sister, Audrey Alleman and her husband, Austin; a brother, Denver Parks; a sister, Priscilla Lee; a step-son, Alex Knox; and a step son-in-law, Charles Gough.



Friday, August 12, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, August 13, 2016
11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Greenhill Cemetery
Alexandria, South Dakota

Posted by Ann Marie (Knox) Gilmour on August 12, 2016
I am so sorry that I won't be able to be there. My love to you all! I have wonderful memories of my Grandma letting me wear her high heels and play office in the family room as a little girl. Grandma also (being the only lefty in my house) taught how to crochet left handed. She taught me never to hate anyone, no matter how they treated me. I know you are an Angel now, and I will miss you.
Posted by Ruth E. Schilberg on August 12, 2016
I am so sorry that I won't be able to honor you, Maxine, with my presence at your funeral. I will be en route to TX for a visit to GIAL where I spent so many happy years as part of Wycliffe Bible Translators. I have wonderful memories of your kindness to me as a teenager and then of those special notes and gifts toward my ministry through the years. You are a wonderful lady, an inspiring mentor and I will remember you with great love and appreciation. Enjoy heaven. I'm coming!
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