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Maxine Harmon Wright

June 15, 1927 — February 16, 2023

Thursday morning February 16, 2023, Maxine Harmon Wright quietly passed away at age 95 in her Baxter, Minnesota home just days after experiencing a stroke. Her children and several grandchildren were at her bedside and many other loved ones were able to share their goodbyes in the last few days.

Maxine was born in Rigby, Idaho on June 15th, 1927, to Allen Ithamer Harmon Jr. and Ada Vashti Baxter. She had two siblings, a sister Lois and a brother Phil both who preceded Maxine in death. Her brother Phil died of pneumonia at 18 months before Maxine was born. Maxine was raised in Rigby but spent two of her high school years in Lompoc, California where her father had a US military assignment. In September of 1949, Maxine graduated from the Latter-Day-Saint School of Nursing in Idaho Falls, Idaho and received a three-year diploma as a Registered Nurse. This medical training forged a lifelong path of compassionate service and teaching opportunities throughout the world.

Following her university graduation, Maxine worked as an RN at the Student Health Center on Brigham Young University’s campus. It was in this capacity that she met her future spouse Edward Wayne Wright. They were married in the Idaho Fall LDS Temple on September 6th, 1950. Maxine and Wayne had five children: Cheryl, Larri Wayne, Alan Edward, Seari and Terry Russell. Sadly, Larri Wayne passed away as a three-day old infant, Maxine never had the opportunity to hold him in her arms. She was also preceded in death by her son Alan, Feb 8, 2021, and her son-in-law, Jeff Hulse, October 2020. She has been a widow for twenty-eight years waiting patiently here on earth with Wayne’s photograph always by her bedside.

Mother’s personal contributions in community organizations and her leadership service within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints is too vast to enumerate here but included: service on the Logan City Library Board, leadership both local and regional in the Parent Teachers Associations, LDS Church Relief Society and Primary Leadership positions, medical and clinical student instructor, Red Cross instructor and newborn health volunteer in the remote villages of Malawi, Africa.

Maxine and Wayne traveled the world together visiting six of the seven continents of the world. Having grown up during the big band era, they loved dancing together. In fact, her family feels certain that she and her sweetheart, Wayne, are currently dancing together in the realm above. Following Wayne’s death in September 1995, Maxine served three, consecutive eighteen - month humanitarian service missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In Ho Chi Minh City, South Vietnam she taught English to medical MD students. In the Rochester/Palmyra Mission she provided medical support for the missionaries assigned to that area. Finally, in Salt Lake City she served in the LDS Humanitarian Distribution Center organizing and preparing medical supplies for LDS humanitarian aid shipments around the world.

Maxine has accomplished much and contributed gracefully everywhere she has been. Though she has hosted high dignitaries in many countries, traveled all the world and received many personal accolades, her most heartfelt desires are for the comfort and happiness of her posterity and extended family. She holds tremendous love for many others who have shared her home and enriched her life beyond description: Michelle Mackelprang, Karen Dial (Tibbits), Sandra & Wendy (Hsieh) Liu, Amir & Saeed Gohari, Hengameh Thorpe, Behzad, Niloufar (Wilson) & Behrad Tabatabaei.

Maxine is survived by three children, Cheryl (Robert) Howard, Seari Hulse (Jeff 1958-2020), Terry (Debbie) Wright, twelve grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. Her final message to all she loves has been: “Please obey God’s commandments; I don’t want any empty chairs at our table in Heaven.”

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 3rd at 11:00 am at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 East Center, Logan. There will be a viewing from 10 – 10:45 am. Interment will follow in the Logan City Cemetery.

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