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Maxine Turner Haas, 88, was avid Hickman Kewpie, devoted wife

By Marissa Weiher
June 19, 2013 | 9:07 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Lifelong Columbia resident Maxine Turner Haas was proud to be a Hickman High School Kewpie.

One time, upon learning her nurse's daughter attended rival Rock Bridge High School, Mrs. Haas replied, "Oh, that's too bad."

Mrs. Haas died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 88.

Mrs. Haas was born in Columbia on July 25, 1924, to Richard Dewey Turner and Lurline (Hudson) Turner. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1942 and remained close to many of her friends from high school throughout her life.

After high school, Mrs. Haas attended Orton-Rice Business School in Columbia. She worked at General Telephone Co. and as an administrative assistant at the MU Agronomy Department and MU Extension.

She especially adored working for Roger Mitchell, a former chairman of the Agronomy Department and dean of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources who died this month.

Mrs. Haas was married Sept. 21, 1947, to Raymond Eugene Haas, who died in 1983.

She and her husband loved to do league bowling and also played golf together. They used to go antique shows and auctions where they would buy antiques and refinish them. They also got involved in a square dancing club in the '60s. Mrs. Haas made several friends while square dancing whom she continued to meet for dinner regularly decades later. 

Mrs. Haas didn't have a large social circle, but she was very loyal to the friends she had. When her granddaughter was born, all of her thoughts and actions revolved around her. 

"She thought she was the best thing in the world," Rayma Haas said.

When her granddaughter graduated college three years ago, Mrs. Haas flew to Seattle with her son-in-law to attend the graduation even though her health was declining.

Mrs. Haas was also very passionate about reading. She liked to read every night and her favorite books were Western novels by Louis L'Amour. Rayma Haas admired the way her mother learned to compensate for her vision once she had macular degeneration.

"There were days where it would bother her and she would talk about it to me," Rayma Haas said. "But most of the time she hardly complained."

Mrs. Haas was still able to enjoy books thanks to the Wolfner Library, which sent her free audiobooks.

She is survived by a daughter, Rayma Haas, son-in-law, George Purdy, and granddaughter, Elizabeth Purdy of Seattle; and cousins Grace Hudson Brothers of Hannibal, Jackie Hudson Ravenscraft of Kansas City and Sharron Turner McKeon of Bluffton, S.C.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., with a service at 11 a.m. Graveside burial will immediately follow the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to Friends of Wolfner Library, P.O. Box 440147, St. Louis, MO 63144-1047.