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“Barb & family: I was out of town at the time of your mothers service. Was so sorry to miss it. Such good memories of your mother; such a pleasant...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Alice Hellenthal - Fort Madison, IA

“Sorry for the loss of your mother. You will be in our prayers. Steve and Gerry Weaver ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: Steve Weaver - Niota, IL - Friend

“Pat, Barb, Beth, and Mike,Will never forget your Mom, especially as she was, over several years, one of the best Campfire Girl troop leaders! And...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Kathleen Hoenig - Salt Lake City, UT

“I am sorry for your loss. I would chat with Maxine when I visited my parents Norman and Cleo Hatala at the Kensington. She was always pleasant and we...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Link - West Point, IA

“She will surely be missed! I was so appreciative of a note she wrote and dropped in the mail just this past spring. I loved seeing her handwriting...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Carole Sorensen McMonigal - MN

“My late husband and I lived next to Maxine's brother and sister in law ...Doc and Florence Dow ... for several years. That is how I met Maxine. Such...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Schulz - Iowa City, IA

“Mike and Susan,Please know how very sad we are for the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time....Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Scott and Jeanne Seager - IA

“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Jeremy Empie - Friend

“My sympathy goes goes out to all of Maxine's family. She was such a role model for me as I was growing up. She was my mentor for choosing a medical...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Dorothy Dow Sorensen - MN

“Maxine was so incredibly good for decades to my grandmother - her neighbor Celeste Hughes. And she made such a positive mark on Fort Madison! I pray...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Cindy Hughes (Coggin)

“So sorry for your loss. She was a remarkable woman and I enjoyed meeting her in Fort Madison ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Laura Sorensen - Eden prairie


12 of 15 | Posted by: Laura Sorensen - Eden prairie, MN

“Barb and family, I am sorry for you loss. You are in my prayers. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Judy Bohnenkamp Hawes - IA

“You all are in my thoughts and prayers, Maxine was such a sweet lady and I remember her well cause she was in the store, (Hy-Vee) a lot. Thinking of...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Patty Martin - Friend

“Pat and Family - Sorry to hear of Maxine's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Jon Josephson - Ruthven, IA


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Maxine Irma (Dow) Amborn, age 96, passed away Saturday morning, August 27, 2016, at the home of her daughter, Elizabeth Gnann of Niota, Illinois. All four of her children were at her side. Maxine, the daughter of Mary Eva (Wilder) and Jonas Edward Dow, was born November 24, 1919 in Denmark, Iowa. She graduated from Denmark High School in 1937. She studied nursing at Burlington Hospital and graduated in a class of 14 in 1941. She was a member of Union Presbyterian Church in Fort Madison.
Maxine and 6 other nurses from that class volunteered for the service shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. In August of 1944 she was sent to England and assigned to the 42nd Field Hospital. Maxine's group of nurses were the first wave of nurses to land at Utah Beach 4 days after D-Day. Local author, Robert D. Fahey chronicled her story in his book, Sound Recall.
Upon her return to the states, she worked at the Santa Fe Hospital and later for Doctors Feightner and Werner. On May 5, 1951, she married Richard Otto Amborn of Fort Madison. With the birth of their first child, Maxine became a stay-at-home mom which was the normal thing to do at that time. She continued to use her nursing skills when she volunteered for area blood drives and cared for many family members. She volunteered as a poll worker during elections for many years. After her children moved away from home, she and Richard traveled to California and Washington to visit a nephew and niece and their families. She also enjoyed going on trips sponsored by Lee County Bank.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother Hartwell Dow and his wife, Florence; and her sister Fannie Gettys. She is survived by her four children, Patricia (Paul) Molitor of Ruthven, Iowa; Barbara (Dan) Wollner of Panora, Iowa; Elizabeth (Mark) Gnann of Niota, Illinois; and Michael (Susan Clark) of Eddyville, Iowa, 11 grandchildren: Steve (Sreyroeurn) Molitor, Sarah (Billy) Sanderson, and Shawn Molitor (Jessica Klatt); Jacob (Molly) Wollner, Ben (Sara) Wollner, and Bailey Wollner (Ian Frazer); Amanda (Shane) Pilkington, Kyle (Jamie) Davidson, and Max (Jessica) Gnann; Kaitlyn Amborn and Joshua Amborn, 6 great-grandchildren, and one step-great-granddaughter. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and friends from the Kensington.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016 with the funeral to immediately follow at 2:00 p.m. at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory with Pastor Cheryl Simpson officiating. Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery with military rites performed by the Fort Madison Veterans Honor Guard. A memorial has been established for Lee County Hospice. Online condolences and a video tribute of Maxine's life may be viewed at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.

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