Maxine L. Boyer

| June 30, 2014

Maxine Leah (Hughes) Boyer, 89, of Cranberry, died at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014 at The Caring Place in Franklin following a lengthy period of declining health.

Born June 29, 1925 in Victory Heights, she was the daughter of the late John P. and Elizabeth Zimmerman Hughes.

Maxine was a 1943 graduate of Cranberry High School.

She was of the Methodist faith.

For many years, Maxine loved to go deer hunting with her family on her father’s farmland. She and her sister enjoyed going fishing at her sister’s cottage on Chautauqua Lake, and then hosting a fish fry. She was an excellent cook and often prepared dinners for family and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her family, extended family, friends, and her pets.

Over the years, she assisted her sister at her store, the Virginia Morse Shop in Franklin, and at her father-in-law’s general store in Cranberry. She and her husband, Bud, purchased the general store in 1960.

She was married on October 28, 1944 to William L. “Bud” Boyer in Selma, Alabama, where he was stationed in the Air Force receiving pilot training. He preceded her in death on June 11, 2003.

Surviving are two children, William J. “Bill” Boyer and his wife Delores of Victory Heights and Elizabeth Reed of Cranberry; and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Hughes Rea of Oil City and Alice Krathge Boyer of State College; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Freda Osenider and Virginia Morse; two brothers, Edwin and Maurice Hughes; and her son-in-law, Donald R. Reed. Maxine was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Friends will be received Wednesday (July 2nd) from 4-7 p.m. and Thursday (July 3) from noon – 2 p.m. in the Hile-Best Funeral Home, Inc., 2781 Rte. 257 in Seneca, Cranberry Township. A funeral service will be held from the funeral home Thursday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Janet Pratt, officiating.

Interment will be in Brandon Cemetery in Cranberry.

Maxine’s family would like to thank special friends Dixie and Dick Pfaff who have been so good to Maxine and the Boyer family over the past five years.

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