This Fall, on Sept. 24, 2019 we said goodbye to our amazing "MOTHER"; Gloria Maxine Eggers also known playfully as "Max","Duke", and "Mackey".
She was preceded in death by her first husband of 17 yrs., Capt. Verne Donnelly, a naval aviator whose jet was shot down at end of the Vietnam war. Her second husband, Jim Eggers of 33 yrs., died of natural causes in 2009. She experienced the loss of 1 of her 5 children, Michael, who suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 19, and later died in 2012 at the age of 55.
She is survived by her only sibling; Jean Manes of Yuba City, her 4 living children and 3 stepchildren. She was "Nana" to 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandkiddies.
Maxine was born in Gridley, Ca. on Mar. 18,1934. After High School, she attended Yuba College then worked as a secretary at Live Oak High School while her fiancee was attending flight school in Florida.
She was the mother who, before writing the daily letter to her military husband away at sea, would have served breakfast, made lunches, and cleaned house each morning. She held her fellow military wives to that same standard.
She valued family dinners, a clean house, and tidy bedrooms. Well…2 out of 3 was the norm.
She was a devoted and loving wife to both her lucky husbands; they got a tennis/golf partner, a Bridge and Cribbage player, good cook and all-around beautiful lady who was always game.
Until dementia prevented her from solo living, she was a member at Valley High Country Club. The members there became her social life and long time friends.
The last 7 yrs. of her life were spent living with her son Paul and his family in Southern California. She then resided at a memory care facility near their home in San Juan Capistrano.
Her legacy of independence, strength, and generosity lives on in the lives of her grown children and their families.