Maxine Orrell, 81, of Imperial passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln.

Maxine Orrell

Maxine was born on Sept. 12, 1936 to Sheldon and Pauline (Boss) Kramer about three miles northeast of Culbertson on a farm. She attended various grade schools around Kansas and Nebraska while her father worked on construction projects in the area. Maxine attended Chase County High School.

Maxine met John Orrell in 1952 and they married on May 4, 1954 in Chadron and to that union three children were born.

They started their life together living in Chadron where John was employed as an electrician. The family moved from Chadron to McCook where John was employed with the Nebraska Department of Roads and from there they moved to Imperial for five years and then moved to Ogallala for seven years until returning to McCook for twenty years until John retired from the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Once retired, the couple lived in Ogallala and Lincoln.

Maxine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt. Maxine had a great love of family; she was a great cook, loved precious moments, family reunions and had lots of stories that got better over time.

Survivors include her husband, John; daughter, Kay (Steve) Davison of Ogallala; sons David (Carla) Orrell of Gretna and John (Sharon) Orrell of Milford; brother, Terry (Leanna) Kramer of Ogallala; sister-in-law, Janice Kramer of Denver, Colo.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Maxine is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marylyn Dalrymple; and brothers, Gary and Doug Kramer.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at the Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala, which is entrusted with arrangements. Rev. Eric Wait of New Hope Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Imperial at 2 p.m.

A memorial is established to the Keith/Arthur County food pantry, the Salvation Army and the Wounded Warriors Project. Condolences can be sent by signing the guest book at where the service will be live streamed for those unable to attend.