Of Bellevue (Formerly Of Magnolia)
Maxine L. Rustuen passed away on
February 13, 2016 just 36 days shy of her
95th birthday. She was born in Saronville,
Nebraska on March 20, 1921, the youngest
of five children born to Claude Reinhold
Johnson and Esther Annette (Carlson)
Johnson. She was a 1938 graduate of
Queen Anne High School. She received
her BS in Nursing from the University of
Washington in 1943. She married Ernest
Arthur Rustuen that same year. He predeceased
her in 1974.
If you received your polio shots at the
Magnolia Grade School in 1955, Maxine
was one of the volunteer nurses, who
provided that service. She also volunteered to serve as the duty nurse
for various community events at the Magnolia Park. She served as a
Brownie/Girl Scout leader. The whole family loved to go camping & fishing.
Both she and her husband, Ernie Rustuen, volunteered to cook and
clean up for various functions at their Magnolia Presbyterian Church.
She helped raise funds for the Children’s Orthopedic Guild and was a
member of the Magnolia Garden Club.
In 1952, Maxine & Ernie Rustuen purchased an entire block in Magnolia
(between 24th & 25th and West Lynn Place and West McGraw St).
It had been a small farm complete with a farm house, a barn, a work shed
and vegetable garden. They developed the block into six building lots,
bringing water and utilities to the property and installing sidewalks. The
streets remained gravel until about 1959. They built their own home on
one of the six lots.
Maxine is survived by two daughters, Ruth Carver (son-in-law John
Carver deceased) and Sandra Smith (son-in-law W. Earle Smith, Jr.); six
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Two of her brothers (Sylvester
Johnson & Kenneth Johnson) and her one sister (Elaine Johnson
Robinson) lived to be in their 90’s. Her youngest brother, Lemoine K.
Johnson, was a Chief Shipfitter on board the USS Enterprise (CV6) at his
battle station when he was killed by a Japanese attack during WWII.
Remembrances may be made to Group Health Hospice HYPERLINK
"http://www.ghc.org/foundation" www.ghc.org/foundation or a
charity of your choice. Friends are invited to share memories and sign
the family’s on-line guest book at www.