Maxine V. Lathrop

Maxine V. Lathrop
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” ~Charles Dickens
This eloquent preface to “The Tale of Two Cities”, illustrates our polemic voyage together, Mom. As well, it was typically was just you and I.
Your journey began 12/12/1937 in Springfield, MO. The 1960’s called you to Las Vegas, NV, as ice & snow didn’t agree with you. I soon came along, a girl & handful, Linda Jean Lathrop. Conversely, the scorching heat of Vegas has never agreed with me.
A meticulous employee, you were drawn toward jurisprudence, i.e., working for numerous attorneys, then District and Family Courts.
Starting College at 18, I excelled in literature, human behavior, development, neurobiology & art. Contrarily, College for you began when I was 12. Excelling at EVERYTHING… even conquering higher mathematics, whilst it conquered me. Your first painting class unveiled the real family artist. Your remarkable paintings are similar to Matisse, Seurat & Signac. You studied neo-Impressionism, I in neo-Freudianism.
Memories of your work ethic, tenacity and as a Jane of all Trades & Master of Most, must endure. Dementia plundered your sharp memory & soul before the physicality of your body.
The finality of your passing ignited an invaluable treasure, expressed by Henry David Thoreau, “When it comes time to die, let us not discover that we never lived.”
Maxine Lathrop was called home on 9/07/2020….Too many things left unsaid. I love you. ~Linda
12/12/1937 to 09/07/2020

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  • Maxine, may you rest in peace now that you are free of dementia. You did an amazing job raising Linda, she is an incredible and beautiful woman which is a reflection of you. Linda, I grieve with you and pray for you. Love you Sandy Laswell

  • Elizabeth Reinoldt
    November 29, 2020 3:59 am

    To my Aunt Maxine, You will be missed dearly.

  • That was beautiful! Now I can see where you got your intelligence, amazing work ethic, and sharp memory. She is also the reason you were so interested in human behavior and psychology, and the reason through social work and therapy you helped and cared about so many people who desperately needed your help. I never really knew your mother, but I do know it wasn’t always easy and she wasn’t always as supportive as she could be, but you were there for her when she needed it most and her passing leaves a void that will always be there. I will be thinking of you my friend.

  • Beautifully stated. Healing love and light to you Linda.

  • Linda, what a beautiful memory of your mom…I wish I had known her better…but when she came here to visit, we sure had a good time…Earl loved his sister, spoke highly of her. I know he wished their younger years had been different but I feel they both understood and loved each other very deeply. I know this is difficult for you but life does go on…just cherish the memories and know that she is always with you…..right there in your heart pocket. Love you Niecie!


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