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Maxine Dugan

July 29, 1931 — December 29, 2021

Charlotte Maxine Peake was born July 29, 1931 to her Cherokee parents Jesse and Mary Louise Peake. She was born on the Fort Totten, North Dakota Indian Reservation at Devil’s Lake, North Dakota.

Maxine’s early childhood was spent living in the Dakotas and Oklahoma at several Indian school campuses, where her mother worked as a teacher. During her first few years of high school, Maxine attended the Oklahoma Presbyterian School for Women where she studied music; including voice piano and violin. During these years, Maxine also had an interest in horse riding. She and her beloved horse Spot won many trophies together. Maxine graduated in 1949 from Hartshorne High School.

During her time there, Maxine and her best friend Maggie loved to spend their free time at the corner drug store where a “very handsome” young man, who has just returned from serving in World War II, was working as a soda jerk. Maxine won the heart of that handsome young man, Wallace Eugene Dugan, and the couple eloped and were married on February 4, 1949 in Sherman, Texas. Later the family moved to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation near other Peake family members.

In 1950 Maxine and Gene welcomed their first daughter Sheila Ruth Dugan. In 1951, Gene and Maxine move to Wichita, Kansas for Work. In 1962, they welcomed their second daughter Mona Louise Dugan.

In the mid-1950s, Maxine began working at St. Francis Medical Center in the Personnel Office as a secretary. She then become and administrative assistant in the medical education department and later the University of Kansas Medical school Orthopedic Residency Program. She enjoyed her work at St. Francis immensely. It was interesting, educational, she made many friends and earned the respect of so many. In fact, she was often referred to as “Mama Max” by the young resident doctors in the Orthopedic program. In 1993 Maxine retired from St. Francis Hospital and carried with her many wonderful memories.

In 1989, Gene and Maxine moved to rural Sedgwick, Kansas, where they raised horses and were very active in Kansa Western Horsemen Association and the Bit & Spur and Saddle Club. They were also members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton, Kansas.

Maxine was a proud member of the board of directors of the Mid-American All-Indian Center when it was opened in Wichita, Kansas in 1976. She was also very proud and honored to serve on the board of Hunter Health Clinic in those early days. All the board members and the Indian Community worked so hard to bring the Mid-America All-Indian Center into existence. Maxine loved and cherished her service and work in Wichita for all tribes of the Native People of the Wichita area.

Gene and Maxine moved to the Via Christi Village in Wichita in 2012, transferring their membership to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Gene died on August 26, 2015.

Survivors include two daughters Sheila Bazil and husband Gaylon of Wichita and Mona Rainey and husband Tim of Sedgwick; sister Margaret Beth Raymond of Tahlequah, Okla.; grandchildren Beth Long, Janine Clayton and husband Matt, Craig Bazil and wife Vanessa, Connie Jacob and husband Jay, Laramie McDaniel and husband Travis; and eight great grandchildren Brandon, Briana, Grace, Adelyn, Matthew, Benjamin, Charlotte, and Arielle. 

Maxine is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday (January 4, 2022) with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday (January 5th) both at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 3642 N. Ridge Road, Wichita. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Sedgwick, Kansas.

The casket will be open at the funeral home on Tuesday between 1:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M.

A memorial has been established with the church or the American Indian Merit Award Memorial at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. The Merit Award Memorial was established in 1977 by Maxine's mother, Louise Peake and Dr. Ruth Arrington to recognize outstanding American Indian graduates who have demonstrated leadership ability. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114.

Our world will be missing a big piece of our hearts because our precious mother, grandmother, sister and friend Charlotte Maxine Peake Dugan is no longer walking this Earth with us. We will always miss her tremendously but she has left us with many cherish memories that we will keep close in our hearts for every. Do-na-da-go-hv-i (Till we meet again)/ e-tsi (mother), e-li-si (grandmother), v-gi-lv (sister)/ gv-ge-yu-hi (we love you).

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