Maxine Kay (Hines) Patten, age 77, of Broadus passed away on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Billings Clinic in Billings.
Maxine Kay (Hines) Patten was born on November 21, 1935 to William and Elma Hines at Tuthill, SD and grew up at Nemo SD, she was married and had five children. She later moved to Broadus, MT. In 1977, she married Charles Patten and they enjoyed 35 years as productive and successful ranch partners. They have one daughter between them and Charles came to the union with four children from a prior marriage.
Maxine came to epitomize the role of “ranch wife”, working selflessly and relentlessly to care for and nourish a large and extensive group of family, friends, and ranch crews. She was and is known and loved throughout Powder River County and beyond. Maxine was truly matriarch to an empire of cattle ranching and family. She worked unceasingly, without complaint, to maintain and benefit so many, sometimes completely anonymously. Maxine relied on Bible verse for comfort and openly expressed her faith in an honest and unthreatening fashion. Everyone who knew her loved, admired, and respected her. She stood stalwart and steadfast among the hardy breed of those who are the strength of the west and of Montana in particular. She was instrumental in the development and history of the Powder River Cattle Drives enterprise. Maxine was totally committed to her church and shared her love of the lord with her family. She will be missed by all.
Maxine was preceded in death by her husband Charles, sister Madeline Dennis, and her parents.
She is survived by her sister Rosemary Meyer of Nemo, SD; brothers Manford Hines of Jacksonville, FL, and Roger Hines of Nemo, SD, and the following children: LeAnn Rhodes (Steve) of Broadus, MT; John Robinson (Connie) of Broadus, MT; Mike Stark (Dixie) of Darby, MT; Sherlee Santorno (Richard) of Ronan, MT; Dan Stark (Cheryl) of Thompson Falls, MT; Lawana Patten of Bozeman, MT; Marla Bea Patten (Jerry Wilson) of Belle Creek, MT; Ward Patten (Darcia) of Graham, MT; Clayton Patten (Tana) of Broadus, MT; and Kendra Hartman (Dan) of Broadus, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Broadus. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Broadus. Interment will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Memorials may be made to the Assembly of God Church, Henry Malley Memorial Library, or to a charity of your choice.