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Maxine E. Sowers
  • Pennfield Presbyterian Church
    7979 St. Mary's Lake Rd.
    Battle Creek, MI 49017

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“I am sorry to hear of the death of your mom. You were fortunate to have her so long. May she Rest In Peace. ”
1 of 1 | Posted by: Janet OConnell - Battle Creek, MI

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Maxine Etta (McConnohie)(Hover) Sowers
December 29, 1919- September 28, 2017

She allowed her daughters the peace of mind to complete their journey in October to see her baby brother in Mexico. Now it is time to allow our Mom to complete her journey.

Maxine, 97, died peacefully at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility where she had resided since November, 2015. She was born in Battle Creek and spent her early years there before moving to Galesburg. She graduated from Galesburg HS and went on to graduate from Argubright Business College while working at Union Steam Pump until the end of World War II. Growing up in a home surrounded by music, she always loved singing, forming a trio and performing at local venues in her high school and young adult years, as well as singing alto in her church choir in later years.

On April 27, 1946 she was married to John E. Hover and became a "stay-at-home" mom. She was very artistic and enjoyed sewing, making school clothes and doll clothes, cooking, and baking (especially pies), drawing, painting, crafts of all kinds, bowling, dancing to "big bands", singing and playing cards.

Maxine went door to door for both the Census and Mothers March for the March of Dimes and was also instrumental in getting Court School annexed to Pennfield where she became active in the PTA. She became a member of Pennfield Presbyterian Church in 1962, one year after it opened. She and John were two of the founding members of the St. Mary's Lake Assoc., which worked with the DNR to put in a pump in order to increase the lake level and ultimately save St. Mary's Lake.

In 1960, Maxine went to work for the Wolverine Insurance Co. (later Transamerica) as an Executive Secretary until she retired in 1978 when John became ill. They were married 34 years when John died in 1980.

An event she always looked forward to was accompanying John to his 8th Armored Division World War II Reunion/Conventions. They had many friends and enjoyed seeing the veterans honored as well as seeing the USA. She continued to attend after John died until the 60th and last reunion, when she was graciously recognized for her 50+ years of attendance.

Maxine was the proud grandmother of Brian and Erin and lived next door to them while they were growing up. She so loved them and cared for them often, playing games, reading, preparing meals and baking goodies for them continuously. She later had two great grandchildren, Ashley and Natalie, whom she also loved dearly.

After spending winters in Florida with her mother, Maxine permanently moved to Spanish Lakes MHP in Nokomis, Florida in 1987. She loved it there and was very active and fondly known as the "pie lady". In 1992 she was married to Lester Sowers who passed away in 1997. She remained in her home until she was 90 and then moved in with her daughter Sheri and family. They wintered in Florida until she was 95 at which time she moved to Calhoun County Medical Care Facility.

Maxine had many friends and family members who loved her and who continue to cherish the time and memories they shared with her. She is survived and missed by her daughters, Sandra Hover, Sherida (Craig) Carey; grandchildren, Brian Carey, Katlyn Carey; great grandchildren, Ashley & Natalie Carey; brother, Ellis McConnohie of Mexico; sister-in-law, Ilona Hover; and many nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Levi & Ilma McConnohie, 3 brothers, Donald, Robert & Duane McConnohie; granddaughter, Erin Carey.

A Celebration of Life is planned Saturday, November 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Pennfield Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Pennfield Presbyterian Church 7979 St. Mary's Lake Rd. Battle Creek, MI 49017 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Maxine can also be placed at