Maxine Gay Hemphill passed away on January 22, 2023, in Olympia, Washington. She was born 93 years ago on January 7, 1930, to Carl Sumner Whitney and Helen Melissa (Darragh) Whitney. She has resided in Rochester, Washington, for the last 10 years.
Maxine graduated from Olympia High School and married Robert Clark Hemphill on June 18, 1948, at Olympia's First Christian Church. She and her husband built and operated Skateland in Olympia. Maxine had a very sweet demeanor and a big heart. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her son, David Wesley Hemphill; daughters, Susan Gay Lakey and Stephanie Ann Holmstrom; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ronald Lee Whitney and Keith Malcolm Whitney; and sisters, Kathryn Mai Looker and Wilma Jean McMillian. She was predeceased by her husband, parents, grandparents, William and Levinna Whitney and Mary Alice Darragh; brother, Carl Sumner Whitney Jr.; and sister, Nancy Ann Sare.
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