NEZPERCE: Maxine Bjorklund Hamilton passed away Monday, February 1, 2021 at her home in Nezperce after celebrating her 95th birthday. Maxine was born January 30, 1926 at home in Winchester, Idaho. She was the 6th daughter of Evelyn and Arthur Bjorklund. When she was around 10, the family relocated to Moscow and her father owned and operated Bjorklund Hardware. She graduated from Moscow High and the University of Idaho earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.
On Valentine’s day in 1948, she married Don Hamilton in Moscow. They lived in Nezperce, Idaho where he farmed and began raising cattle. She began teaching school there for 3 years. Afterwards she became a domestic engineer as she became a mother of five children.
When all her children were in school, she restarted her teaching career in 1967. She taught at Kamiah High school, then moved to grade school retiring after 25 years.
Maxine was a very active member of the Nezperce community as she was both leader and supportive in community organizations that involved her family. She has been an active member of North Nezperce Club, Nezperce Christian Church and various Bridge clubs since 1948.
After retirement Maxine and Don enjoyed road trips north of Nezperce and on the Weippe Prairie checking on cows and visiting family and friends.
Maxine has a legacy of 5 children, Kay Johnson, Sandra and Ron Carlson, Ivan Hamilton, Ron and Shari Hamilton, and Marcia Kleinsmith, 15 grandchildren, and 28 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by husband Don Hamilton, son in law Dick Johnson and great grandson Donnie Owens.
A viewing will be held Friday, February 12, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. A funeral service will be held at the Nezperce Christian Church on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 12 o’clock. Burial will follow at Nezperce Community Cemetery.
Donations made be made in memory of Maxine to the Nezperce Ambulance Fund and Nezperce Christian Church.