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Maxine Louise Sylvester, 85 years old, of Milan, Missouri, passed away Monday, August 7, 2023, at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan. 

Maxine was born October 29, 1937, in Quincy, Illinois to Charles and Vearl (Kolthoff) Ellis, they preceded her in death. 

On May 25, 1984 she married Gary Sylvester, he survives of the home. 

Also surviving are: four children, Wade White and wife Maria of St. Louis, Missouri, Terry White and wife Debbie of Dearborn, Missouri, Melissa VanDusseldorp and husband Lee of Milan, and Daniel Sylvester of Milan; Grandchildren, Haleigh Hughes and husband Sam, Hunter White and wife Rachel, Andra Sylvester, Emily Sylvester (Glen Kitchen), Derrick Sylvester (Hannah Sherrow), Katlynn Sylvester, Addison Sylvester, Jordan Bartels, and Josh VanDusseldorp; Great Grandchildren, Colt Herzberg, Finley Sylvester, Pasley and Easton Kitchen, Autumn and Eli Hughes, and Summer White. 

Maxine grew up in Canton, Missouri. In 1966 she moved to a small farm in Newtown, then moving to Milan in the late 1970’s. She worked for REC for 15+ years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Milan and sang in the choir for many years. She enjoyed cooking, everything she cooked was from scratch, and she made the best cinnamon rolls and Apple Goodie. Maxine also enjoyed showing quarter horses when she was younger, loved to garden, and watch birds. 

A funeral service for Maxine will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, August 10, 2023, at Ruschmeier-Smith Funeral Home in Milan. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Milan. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, starting at 10:00 AM. 

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church in Milan.