Maxine was born to Carl W. and Estella Wright Manuel, March 5, 1920 on the Manuel Homestead, west of Dyer, Ark. She graduated from Greenwood High School; earned a B.A. Degree from the College of the Ozarks; A MEd. from the University of Arkansas; and did post graduate study at Pepperdine and the University of Houston. Maxine served as director of pre-school education in Ft. Amador Panama, and taught at the Mamouth Springs, Greenwood, and Manhattan, Kansas High Schools before teaching at Northside High School for 21 years. She was Director of Continuing Education on Westark Campus for the University of Ozarks and taught freshmen English at Westark College. She enjoyed writing and penned a weekly column for the Sanders County Ledger for several years. She also taught Writing Your Life Story for seniors at Westark College.
She was married to George E. Miller, Dallas, Texas, August 9, 1944. He died July 8, 1965. Maxine reconnected with a former classmate, Kermit A. Eggensperger from Thompson Falls, and they married July 2, 1988 in Arkansas. They split time between the two states before moving to Arkansas permanently. Kermit died Jan. 11, 1997.
Survivors are a daughter, Dr. George Ann Gregory; two sons Bruce Miller and wife Rosie of Springdale and Dr. Kelly Miller of Kansas City. Four grandchildren, Matthew Gregory of Austin, TX. and James Smiley of Albuquerque, N.M., Lauren and Abby Miller and great-grandson Eero Gregory; two sisters, Drucilla Hughart and Jane Rogers and brother-in-law Rev. J.M. Rogers of Fort Smith; one brother Jim Bolin and sister-in-law, Pat of Fort Smith; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Other survivors include Kermit’s sons and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Tom and his wife Bina of Thompson Falls, their children, Kelsie Frazier (Luke) of Dillon, Mont., Scott Eggensperger of Los Angeles and Mark Eggensperger of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Jack and his wife, Joanne of Hamilton, and their children, Curtis and Christina of Missoula, Jim and his wife DiDi of Fairfield, Conn. and sons J.T. (Christine) of Connecticut and Ryan of Brooklyn, N.Y. Great-grandchildren are Olivia and Madeline Eggensperger and Jackson Frazier.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at First United Methodist Roebuck Chapel in Fort Smith. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith. Arrangements are under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel. To place an online tribute, please go to www.lewisfuneralchapel.net