In memory of

Maxine Patten, age77, of Broadus

November 21, 1935 – May 24, 2013

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:

 Memorials may be made to the Assembly of God Church, Henry Malley Memorial Library, or to a charity of your choice.


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  1. Carolyn Traub says:

    So sorry for your loss. Maxine has always been such a wonderful and caring lady. Glad to have had the pleasure of knowing her. Hugs and Prayers to all.

  2. Ronny and Ann Mackaben says:

    She was the BEST … Joe was alway writes ‘grand lady’ in the paper BUT she was beyond GRAND … Blessings and prayer to all of you!

  3. Diane Molstad says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I was truly blessed to have Maxine in Pulmonary Rehab and to be able to get to know her. She was a very special lady! My thoughts and prayers to you.

  4. Klayton and Mary Jane Rooge says:

    John and Leann, We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was always the nicest lady and always had a smile on her face. May all the good memories carry you thru this time of grief. Klayton and Mary Jane

  5. Vic and Laura Lee Ullrich says:

    I was proud to call Maxine my friend. She was an amazing lady of great faith and was an inspiration to me and many more. She was a mom to many , an extraordinary grandma and aunt and a true friend . She will be missed. Take comfort in the knowledge that she is with her Lord and can walk with Charles where there is always sunshine and no pain or suffering. She is watching over all of you now and would want you to celebrate her life. Deepest sympathy. Laura Lee

  6. Alice Robinson says:

    I was so sad to hear of a good friend passing on ”’ she came and seen me with Tessa. Was so good to see her,, she took such good care of Charles”” she will so missed by all ”’all my love and prayers go to all of you —-thinking of you Tessa—Alice

  7. john & tammy schoenbeck says:

    so sorry for your loss my thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  8. Lewis & Marla says:

    So sorry for your loss Maxine was one awsome lady prayers and thoughts your way

  9. Shannon Mather says:

    My grandma once told me “I love you and I like you too”. She always managed to be there when I needed her whether it was a card, a visit, or a prayer. I will miss her greatly and know I was truly blessed to have her as my Grandma.

  10. What great memenories I have of Max, Betty J. and Mom (Gertie), they had some great times all togehter. I cannot not believe that she is gone, it will not be the same here without her. To all that loved and cared about her, I am sorry for your lose, but I am so thankful that we (Mom & myself) was lucky enough to call her friend while she was here. Thoughts and prayers to you all. From, Gertie & Alveda

  11. Pam & Dave Nisley says:

    We care in your loss. This is truely Heaven’s gain! How she loved Jesus, and she inspired me in so many ways. My life if so much richer for having her as a friend. One of my most recent memories of being in her home……(.I don’t remember why I was there in particular,) but we both felt led to pray for an individual in the Manor. We prayed then and there.
    What a tremendous influence on her family, church and community. We care, if there is anything we can do, we are here for you.
    Dave & Pam

  12. Michelle & Jake Dauenhauer says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. She was such a kind special woman with a beautiful smile. She will be missed.

  13. Carl & Kaylene and family says:

    We’ll miss you bunches; we’ll always cherish our memories of you and your great food and hospitatlity. Our thoughts are with all your family and friends.

  14. Jo Jurica says:

    I last saw Maxine in Church a couple of weeks ago and she was always ready with a smile and a hug and her usual sweet spirit. I know she is with the Lord but I miss her already.

  15. Ernest and Esther Nelson says:

    You were a good friend when we first came to Broadus as you didn’t Label us oil field trash ! It stayed that way for the last almost forty years. We were blessed !!
    With Love and comfort from God to your family !!
    Ern , Esther and Terry

  16. Debbie Jones says:

    So sorry for your loss. She was like a second mom to me. We spent a lot of time with all of you. My thoughts are with all of you . Wish I could be there for the services.

  17. marilyn jones says:

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  18. Darold & Sylvia Zimmer says:

    Sure going to miss this beautiful lady!! She was always such an upbeat person with a “good morning, how are you!” Prayers and sympathy to all of the families… Darold & Sylvia

  19. Sharon Hopson McGee says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Maxine was such a wonderful person. I pray you all feel God’s arms around you at this time. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  20. Jerianne Jones says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  21. Carol Mellor Hanrahan says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Maxine was a very special lady and friend! Always a smile and kind word from her. We keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Carol & Randy

  22. Joanne Robinson and Family says:

    To all of Maxines family and friends ; we are so sorry for your great loss. May our thoughts and prayers be with you at this difficult time and always. JOANNE,BOB AND FAMILY

  23. Ken & Pam Price says:

    One less star in the bright E. Montana sky, but Maxine will be remembered by everyone as she touched so many hearts!
    To all the Maxine Patten family and extended family and friends – we share your loss as she was a remarkable lady. God Bless – and much love to you all.
    Ken & Pam Price

  24. Aaron Mollie Robert and Michael Phipps says:

    Wishing you peace of heart as you say “til we meet again”, for we know there are no true Goodbyes for those who believe in the Lord! May time ease the aches in your hearts and the memories last forever!

  25. Jessica Mulder Podzimek says:

    I may not have been family, but Grammy sure made me feel like part of it. She helped me call Broadus my home by opening her family when mine was so far away. She will be missed by many, from near and far. My prayers go out to the whole family. May you find peace and comfort in sharing in her memory, knowing she is now “Home”.

  26. Skin and Betty Collins says:

    Will miss seeing Maxine around. What great memories we will cherish of her. Enjoyed working on the wagon train drives with her. She has known me (Betty) since I was about three years old. Told some stories on me!!! Thinking of all her family at this time and may God Bless all of you. With love Skin and Betty.

  27. T. Kelly says:

    Please accept my condolences. May you find comfort in the fond memories of your loved one. The Bible also offers words of comfort during times of bereavement. It is comforting to know the Bible speaks of a time when “death will be no more” at Rev 21:3, 4. During your time of bereavement you can find comfort in reading these verses in the Bible

  28. Lisa Gaskill says:

    Maxine has always been one of my favorite people. She greeted everyone with a smile and a cheerful hello. What a privilege to have know her. Praying for your family to fine peace and comfort in knowing that Maxine is now home with the Lord.

  29. Bill and Kara Lambert says:

    Kendra, Dan and families.
    Sending you our deepest sympathies in the loss of Maxine. She was a great lady with a wonderful smile and laugh. She and Charles were a wonderful couple to have known. Now they are together again forever! please do let us know if there is anything we can help with.

  30. Tina Webb says:

    maxine was a very special lady and i enjoyed having her in pulmonary rehab. she truly was a joy to be around. you have my deepest sympathy……

  31. Wayne Jr & Serena Wetherelt says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Maxine. May your memories give you some comfort in the loss of your loved one.

  32. Dulcie, Olivia and Zane Howe says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Maxine was quite the lady. We sure enjoyed getting to know her at The Manor when she’d come visit her husband with her grandbaby in tow. Oh, the wonderful stories that she and Charles shared with us. We will sure miss her.

  33. J Johnson says:

    Dear Family and Friends of Maxine Patten – My sincere condolences to your family. It is obvious according to the information listed about Mrs. Patten that she was loved and her life touched many people. Her life was also valued by the Creator who had recorded in the Bible book of Hebrews that God does not forget all of the love and fine works shown by his servants (Heb 6:10). It was not God’s purpose that mankind suffer and die. At creation God was able to say that everything was “very good” (Gen 1:31) Death was introduced through Adam’s disobedience (Genesis 2:17). Jesus’ sacrifice of his human life on earth again gave us hope of everlasting life. Hopefully, faith in Bible promises will ease the pain from this loss as you look forward to seeing Mrs. Patten again under perfect Paradise conditions as originally purposed for mankind in the Garden of Eden. Meanwhile we have the opportunity to be further comforted by Bible promises that give us hope (John 17:3)

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