Obituaries: Sharon Ruth Maxwell (1936-2007)

April 09, 2007 11:00 pm

Sharon Ruth Maxwell, 70, died at home of natural causes on March 29, 2007, with family and friends at her side.

She was born Aug. 17, 1936 in Dayton, Ohio, the only daughter of Merrill and Erma Florence (Ratchford) Maxwell. She was raised and educated in Dayton, and graduated from high school there. In her young adult years she worked as a civilian at an Air Force base doing clerical work. She later moved to California and obtained her real estate license.

After her children were born, she became a full-time homemaker. The family lived in San Luis Obispo County. As an adult, she was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In the mid 1980s she began working at the San Luis Obispo California Men's Colony Correctional Facility and transferred to Crescent City in the mid 1990s, where she worked at Pelican Bay State Prison. At work she was known as "Max." She retired in 2001.

She was a great cook, and loved the outdoors and gardening. As a single parent, she took her children on summer cross-country RV camping trips to sightsee and visit relatives. She was involved with her children throughout their lives. When they were of school age, she helped with the PTA at their schools, and later the booster club. When her son took over the operation of Lex's Landing, she became a staff member at the RV Park.

She loved fishing, teaching people to fish, and watching those people catch fish. The day before she died, her children and friends lifted her chair into the boat for one last outing on the Rogue.

She leaves behind her daughter, Lisa Marie Prestininzi, and son Larry Christopher Prestininzi, both of Gold Beach, Ore.; and a brother, Joseph Christopher Maxwell of Paso Robles.

Two celebrations of her life are scheduled one on Mother's Day, and on her birthday, Aug. 17. Details will follow. Memorial donations may be made to Curry County Hospice, P.O Box 746, Gold Beach, Ore. 97444.

Cremation is under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel and Crematory.