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E. Maxine Burkhard

E. Maxine Burkhard Evelyn Maxine (Tucker) Burkhard, October 11, 1924-March 29, 2018.

Evelyn Maxine (Tucker) Burkhard of Manhattan passed away after a short illness, March 29, 2018, at Autumn Hills in Riley, Kansas. She was 93 years old.
Maxine, as she was known through her whole life, was born in Elkhart, Kansas, to Cecele E. (Fisher) Tucker, and Edwin Lawson Tucker. She grew up in the farming community of Johnson, Kansas, during the dust bowl era. She graduated from Johnson High School in 1942.

Always very petite, Maxine wanted to join the armed forces during WW II, but she was turned down because she didn’t weigh enough. She did attend Business College in Denver and worked for a popular department store as assistant to the president of the company.
After the war, Maxine moved to Tempe at the encouragement of her parents, who had relocated there while she was in business school. She attended Arizona State University for two years, studying music. She played tuba in the ASU marching band, which is where she met Ken, her love of 69 years. They married September 15, 1948.
Maxine loved being involved with her four daughters in whatever they undertook, whether it was Girl Scouts or Methodist Youth Fellowship, and she nurtured their musical education.

Over the years, Maxine continued to share her love of music by singing in the church choir at the First United Methodist Church where she was a member, and with the Choraliers. She occasionally played tuba with a Dixieland band, took part in Tuba Christmas and spent 50 summers playing with the Manhattan Municipal Band. She also was a member of Eastern Star. She was involved with the Kansas and the National Federated Music Clubs, holding various positions over the years. But perhaps her most beloved work was with Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, now known as Opera in the Ozarks, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where she and Ken served on the board for many years. They also underwrote several summer opera productions and established a scholarship fund there.
Maxine’s house and heart were open to many, as she often invited service men home for Sunday dinner after church. And although they never adopted any children, Ken and Maxine became “adoptive” grandparents to a group of siblings that were very special to them. She loved leading singing at Wharton Manor, volunteered to work with children at Douglas Center, along with volunteering for many years at Memorial Hospital in various capacities.

Her love of gardening was well-known, and many who passed by their house on the way to a KSU football game enjoyed the show that she made with her flowers.

Maxine was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Gum (Lubbock, TX). She is survived by her husband, R. Kenneth Burkhard of Manhattan; three daughters, Lynda Kraus of Lubbock, TX, Vicki Nurre and her husband Pat of Bothell, WA, Kathy Lansdowne and her husband David of Hutchinson, KS; nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren; and three sisters: Pat Suiter of Tempe, AZ, Lillie Ann Hagerman of Chandler, AZ and Myrna Kay Barnes and her husband Abe of Upland, CA. She was loved by her family, and will be greatly missed.

Cremation is planned, with memorial services to be held 10:30 AM Tuesday April 10th at the Meadowlark Hills Community Room 2121 Meadowlark Road, Manhattan, Kansas.

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In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Opera in the Ozarks scholarship fund established in Ken and Maxine Burkard’s names. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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