Maxine Berryman
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Maxine Berryman

06/23/1919 - 07/16/2018

Our beloved mother, friend, and teacher, Maxine Danny Berryman, passed peacefully at age 99 on July 16th, 2018.

Maxine was born in Texas, one of five children of Jack and Amber Owen. Her family moved to Long Beach, California shortly after her birth. She graduated from Long Beach Poly High School where she met her future husband, Robert Beard Berryman, who was two years her senior and the captain of the Long Beach High School football team, and a former quarterback of the winning USC Pacific Coast National Championship team in 1939. Bob pre-deceased Maxine in a 1954 logging accident.

Maxine was a well-liked student leader in school, voted as Student Body President in junior high, and earning high academics in Long Beach Poly High School, going on to graduate with a teaching degree from University of Southern California in 1942. Upon moving to Oregon, Maxine began teaching at McLoughlin Junior High, and then became a physical education teacher at Eagle Point Jr. High for over 33 years.

She is survived by four of her five children; Bob Berryman, Jr. and his wife JoAnne (Monterey, California) and their three children, Bobbie, James, and Gina; Debbie Berryman McKeown from Bend, Oregon, and her two children, Josh McKeown and Kellie Prinz; Dan Berryman and his wife, Kathleen (Medford) and their three children, Danny, Rollin and Christiana Ramoso; and Jon Berryman and his wife Linda (Central Point). Maxine was pre-deceased by her daughter Connie, who was an airline stewardess and killed in a fatal plane crash in 1967.

Maxine enjoyed many years hosting neighbors, friends and family around the family swimming pool, and particularly loved watching her children and grandchildren swim in the pool and encouraged the competitive nature in them. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Maxine was a pillar of her community, known and loved by many and a positive influence on many. She loved being a physical education teacher at Eagle Point Jr. High, where she enjoyed developing the athletic ability and confidence in her students and is remembered fondly by hundreds of former Eagle Point students. She always had a smile on her face, and when faced with adversity, was known to say…"This too will pass."

Upon her retirement, Maxine continued to enjoy life to the fullest. She was an avid racquetball player and enjoyed the game until age 92. She also followed USC football every season and invited family and friends to watch it with her.

In following Maxine's wishes, there will be no funeral or ceremony. The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of condolences and memories you have all shared.

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Printed Obituary
Published in the Mail Tribune
on August 5, 2018
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