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.