In Loving Memory…

Maxine Griggs

Nola Maxine Griggs, 92, of Sedalia, passed away Friday, February 9, 2018, at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

Maxine was a strong, independent woman who dared to dream and who was willing to do what it took to achieve those dreams.  Born on August 14, 1925, to Thomas Homer and Myrl Josephine (Poynter) Kindle, Maxine was the fourth daughter of fourteen children.  Times were hard and as each new sibling would come along, Maxine would learn more about how to stretch dollars and food.  Early in life, watching her mother bake cobblers with the berries they picked, Maxine developed her love for baking.

At the age of fifteen, Maxine was married to Oliver Stinnett.  Thereafter, on June 15, 1948, Maxine married a wonderful man, Milford Griggs, who preceded her in death on August 20, 1996. Milford adored Maxine, and encouraged her to follow her dreams.  Maxine had two children, Judy and Chuck, whom she loved with all of her heart.

Knowing she had to work hard, Maxine was employed at a number of restaurants in Sedalia.  She waited tables at the Pacific Café and at Flat Creek Inn.  While working at Town and Country Shoes during the day, she waitressed at the Old Missouri Homestead at night.  Maxine managed the original Sedalia Country Club, all the while dreaming of her own restaurant.  She worked with the Missouri Restaurant Association, and in 1972, she opened the iconic Maxine’s Gourmet House and Lounge.  There, she enjoyed working with her sisters and she made hundreds, if not thousands, of friends.  She later opened another restaurant, originally called the Hog House Barbecue, which later became The Homeplace Restaurant.  Maxine organized the first Taste of the Best food expo in Mid-Missouri.

Maxine’s family always worked on the Missouri State Fair Grounds, as did she.  The Fairgrounds were in her blood.  She began working concessions in her early years.  Maxine was privileged to serve seventeen Governor’s Ham Breakfast, numerous Missouri State Fair Queen dinners, and to cater food for music stars singing in the grandstands and fairgoers camping in the RV park.  Later in life, Maxine loved participating in cooking competitions as well as submitting historical items for judging, winning approximately five hundred ribbons.  She taught cooking classes at the State Fair Community College for a period of time.

Maxine was very involved in her community and touched the lives of many.  She helped to raise her younger siblings after the passing of her mother.  She was compassionate and giving, and always willing to help any person she met who was in need.  Maxine stayed on top of political topics, and did not hesitate to correspond with politicians regarding matters she felt needed attention.  She received cards and letters from Governor’s and Presidents of the United States.  Maxine had great faith in God and loved attending church.  Maxine was proud to be among a very strong group of women who were trailblazers in the business community of Sedalia.  Maxine looked forward to the Scott Joplin Festival each year and took great joy in dressing up her daughter, granddaughters, sisters and nieces, in period outfits and participating in the activities.  Maxine deeply loved her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren and treasured spending time with them.

It goes without saying, Maxine always spoke her mind.  Maxine was fearless and had true grit.  She was truly one of a kind and is irreplaceable.  She, along with her stories and cooking, will be missed forever.

Maxine is survived by her daughter, Judy Bell (Raymond); eight grandchildren, Frank (Lisa) Bell, Norman (Lynda) Bell, Carmie Diaz, Jamie Braden, Carrie (Randy) Rozier, Charlie (Vic) Griggs, Mike (Christi) Griggs, and Brandon; sixteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three siblings, Nadine Klein, Alfred Kindle, and Kathy (Corbett) Martin; and a sister-in-law, Frankie Kindle.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Charles “Chuck” Griggs; and siblings, Lucille Bowers, Edith Rickey, Mary Jett, Tom Kindle, Lloyd Kindle, Patsy Pyle, Sue Belle Brockman, Joan Collier, Virginia Smith and Janie Kindle.

Honorary Pall Bearers are Bob and Barbara Hayden, Sue Heckart, Pam McGrath, Frances Summers, Joan Cummings, Sue Privett, Betty Starke, and Janice Klenke.

Memorial services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 16, at Heckart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Downing officiating. Brad Kindle will give the eulogy.  A dinner will follow at the Heckart Family Center.

Private family burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3:30 p.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made payable to Raymond and Judy Bell for the purchase of a memorial bench at the Missouri State Fairgrounds.

Comments

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Maxine was a blessing to all who knew her. My prayers are with you all

  2. Dick and Val Luper :

    We will miss you Maxine. You were A good friend to many.

    Dick and Val Luper

  3. Benjamin Labus :

    Maxine was a force to be reckoned with in a very positive way. Her years of service to this community will never be forgotten. Prayers to the entire Kindle-Griggs family.

  4. Sissy Horton {Rex Morrill} :

    May God give you all the family the strength you need to get through this cherish the memories she is a special person

  5. Bill and Shirley Neff :

    Maxine was TRUELY a Strong lady–Maxine’s parents were very good friends with my parents when she was very young.. As my parents’ didn’t have any children of their own yet–she would want to come to their house and stay some nights–She always insisted that she sleep between them (and she did)–She already had that attitude and it followed her into her entire life–She was so funny –Just loved her and yes, she will be missed! I bet she is Haven giving them Hell right now!!

  6. Pattie Grandfield-Snapp :

    Maxine was one of a kind, for sure! She taught me a lot about cooking, when I worked for her at Maxine’s Steak House! She also had a great sense of humor, but would speak her mind and was fearless! She always had a hugsmd a soft spot for the underdog! She saw things in people that they hadn’t yet seen in themselves and gave them hope for a better and prosperous life! She always told you that you COULD, if you put hard work into it. She never forgot anyone and treated everyone with the respect that they deserved! She was s true icon for Sedalia and will be missed by all who
    Loved her! RIP MAX
    Pattie Clark-Snapp

  7. Kathy Beck Riekhof :

    If you look up “force of nature,” a picture of Great-Aunt Maxine will be next to the description. She will be greatly missed especially for that twinkle in eye that made one think that maybe she knew a secret or that she was just about to laugh at the foolishness around her. Her nature kept a lot of us in line – simply because no one wanted to have Aunt Max unhappy with them!! I was not fortunate as a child to spend much time with Aunt Maxine, I never worked in her restaurants or concessions, but as an adult I got to know her better during visits when she was hospitalized in Columbia and other times when our paths would cross. She gifted me with one of her paintings for my wedding shower in 1982, and it has moved with me to every home I’ve lived in since. She was a tough old gal and reminded me a great deal of my grandmother, her sister Mary. When our paths crossed, Aunt Maxine always asked how my mom was doing, how long I was staying in town, and spoke positively of the care I gave to my mother. Her approval was not necessary but I appreciated it none the less. She cared about our family, The Kindle Nation as I like to call it, and wanted each of us to succeed in this life and to uphold a high standard. I will miss seeing her and hearing the stories of what Aunt Maxine has done now. My deepest condolences to Judy and her family and to Chuck’s family.

  8. My deepest sympathies go to all of Maxine’s family and close friends. Her sass & spice for life will go on and on in my memory!

  9. Rosemary Birdsong :

    Maxine, She was Sedalias icon. You always knew where you stood with Maxine. A savy business woman that lived life to the fullest. Maxine always told me when the Bowers family reunions were as het sister Lucille was married to my Grandpas Cousin. . Maxine was a inspiration to whom ever met het. Active till the end. I’m sure if there’s a kitchen in heaven she’ll be running it. You’ll be missed Maxine. Sedalia won’t be the same without you

  10. Rosemary Birdsong :

    Maxine, She was Sedalias icon. You always knew where you stood with Maxine. A savy business woman that lived life to the fullest. Maxine always told me when the Bowers family reunions were as het sister Lucille was married to my Grandpas Cousin. . Maxine was a inspiration to whom ever met het. Active till the end. I’m sure if there’s a kitchen in heaven she’ll be running it. You’ll be missed Maxine. Sedalia won’t be the same without you. Missed by all that she touch with food or conversation

  11. Carla Butterwick Drollinger :

    To the family of Maxine Griggs. My heartfelt prayers are with you at this difficult time. Maxine was a wonderful woman known and loved by many.

  12. Jody Manuel, American College of Hair Design :

    Maxine will be deeply missed by the staff and students at the American College of Hair Design. She touched the lives of so many students with her stories.

  13. Rosemary Birdsong :

    Maxine, was Sedalias icon. You always knew where you stood with Maxine. A savy business woman that lived life to the fullest. Maxine always told me when the Bowers family reunions were as het sister Lucille was married to my Grandpas Cousin. . Maxine was a inspiration to whom ever met het. Active till the end. I’m sure if there’s a kitchen in heaven she’ll be running it. You’ll be missed Maxine. Sedalia won’t be the same without you. Missed by all that she touch with food or conversation

  14. Judy and Kindle Family:
    I am so sorry to learn of Maxine’s passing. I always enjoyed her company and her spirit. She was one-of-a-kind and will be greatly missed. What a wonderful legacy she leaves behind. My love to you all and wish you peace.

    Terri

  15. Tom and Kelly Sobaski :

    Maxine was a wonderful lady! We are sorry for your loss!

  16. Linda Kemmerer :

    Very sorry to hear about Maxines passing Brandon and family.

  17. Carol Pugh-Smith :

    To the family of Maxine I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Maxine many years starting with that she was married to my uncle Charlie Griggs brother so she always felt like family. May God comfort you at this time!

  18. So sorry for your loss. Prayer’s for the family.
    John and Kay Hicks

  19. Connie (Cripe) Post :

    I was so sorry to hear of Maxine’s passing..I will never forget her… her sense of humor and fortitude ….it was Maxine’s love and care of her family years ago when her mom passed, that gave me inspiration and desire to have a big family…prayers for this family during this time sorrow and loss..

  20. Risa Gillaspie :

    Maxine you will be missed by so many, you touched so many hearts! RIP Sweet lady! I will miss you!

  21. Bob and Judy McFatrich :

    Judy, sending heartfelt condolences to you and your family for your loss.

  22. Teresa Britton :

    Rest in peace Maxine. Prayers for peace and comfort for her family and friends. So sorry for your loss. She will be missed by many.

  23. Im very sorry for your family’s loss

  24. So sorry for your lost. Prayers to all the family. Maxine will be missed.

  25. Linda (Lefevers) Coats :

    Maxine Griggs! Never be another woman that could hold a candle to this class act. Not only a true warrior who demanded respect, but a beguiling woman, who could hold her own in a given situation. This old world won’t ever be the same without her. I had the privilege of working with her when as a Deputy Sheriff, I was required to make arrangements to sequester & feed jurors during jury trials here in Pettis County. Maxine made my job immensely easier, and assured the jurors would at least have a wonderful meal, making sure no juror went away hungry. She was a “dandy” & she will be sorely missed.

  26. Ruth LaVonne Nieman :

    Maxine will be truly missed by all who knew her. My mom, Ruth Esser, was devastated when she heard of her passing. They grew up together and called each other sisters. Maxine worked hard all her live even taking care of her sisters and her kids. What a lady. I will miss taking my mom to visit and listening to their childhood memories. R.I.P. sweet lady and give my Dad a hug up there.

  27. Becky Triplett James Johnson :

    We will miss you very much

  28. Barbara Ann Brauer :

    Maxine was a dear family friend to the Brauer Family, my mother-in-law Helen (Walker) Holt McClelland treasured many memories together with Maxine at the Sedalia Country Club back in the good old days as both enjoyed the art of cooking and catering. Remember Maxine’s delicious pies she would prepare for us through out the years. My mother-in-law Helen and Maxine would exchange recipes on handwritten cards and Maxine was known for her delicious pies and my mother in law Helen made many delicious cakes, and I still occasionally pull out a recipe card that I have from Maxine which my mother in law Helen had given to me many years ago before she passed before the days of “Google”. Prayers and Sympathy to the Family, we send our love for Maxine holds a special place in our hearts and memories.

  29. John Robert Brauer and Family :

    I remember my grandma Helen when I was a child phoning Maxine and swapping recipes for dinners and events on getting advice on what to bring when my grandmother was in Eastern Star at the Masonic Temple, when my grandma was in a pinch she would phone up Maxine and Maxine would always save the life of the party with her heirloom recipes. Rest in Peace Maxine and May God be with your family in this time of grief, we will miss you.

  30. Jeff Swearngin and family :

    Sorry for your loss. Maxine was a wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jeff & Patty Swearngin
    Steve & Nancy (Swearngin) Page

  31. Terry Weathers :

    Maxine was a great lady . So sorry for your lost sorry we couldnt be there .Prayers for all

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