Melba Maxine Gibson Center died May 10, 2007, at Pacific Healthcare in Eureka. She was 80 years old.

She was born Aug. 25, 1926, in Broken Arrow, Okla., to Marvin and Bertha Ragan Gibson.

Maxine was a resident of Crescent City since 1946, where she raised her children. She was preceded in death by husband Roy Center in 1995.

She is survived by her five children, Joann Hartman (George) of Crescent City; M. Richard Center (Jo Anne) of Fortuna; Shari Burton of Placerville; Charles H. Center (Cathie) of Sacramento; and Randall Center.

Her 10 grandchildren, Rick, Oran, Robert and Vicky Hartman; Kristen McReynolds and Kerri Chavez; Shari Pasalo and Jenifer Center; and Patrick and Randall Center also survive her, as well as nine great-grandchildren whom she also leaves behind.

A private service will be held for family. Arrangements are under the direction of Goble's Fortuna Mortuary in Fortuna.