Maxine American Horse

A Celebration of Life for 66-year old Maxine American Horse of Rushville, NE, will be held Sat Jan 2, 2021, 2:00 PM at Gordon-Rushville Middle School in Rushville.

A memorial has been established and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.

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Maxine Doris (Vincent) American Horse was born April 12, 1954 in Rushville to August and Evelyn (Furman) Vincent. She died Dec 25, 2020 at Gordon Memorial Hospital in Gordon.

Maxine grew up on the family ranch south of Rushville and skipped kindergarten because, as she put it, “I excelled in sandbox.” 

She spent her grade school years at the Mill school and graduated from Rushville High School in 1971, where she held the girls shot put record for a while – “not bad considering she threw it like a baseball”. 

She furthered her education in Sidney, NE studying accounting, later pursuing Nursing.

On Dec 29,1973 she married Larry Watson and they had three boys: Vincent, James, and Nicholas. They remained married until his death less than 7 years later in 1980. During this time, she completed her Nursing degree through OLC in Pine Ridge.

On August 22, 1984 she married Donald “Hokus” American Horse Sr, which added his five daughters to the family: Debra, Emily, Dorothy, Crystal, and Sharon. Maxine and Hokus then had two children together, Donald Jr and Lisa. After Lisa’s untimely death in 2009, they adopted her son Alexander. 

Hokus and Maxine continued to create memories together until her death.

Maxine spent her adult life working as a Registered Nurse at various facilities across the country, but the majority of her nursing years were spent at the IHS hospital in Pine Ridge, S.D., before retiring in 2016 after 28 years of service.

Maxine was always one to lend a helping hand to those who needed it. She had a “My door is always open” policy to anyone who needed a place to stay, a little advice, a little butt chewing, just an ear that was willing to listen, a shoulder to cry on, or that occasional “cookie cruncher” when needed. 

A mother first and foremost (to more than just her own kids), she was always proud of the things they accomplished. 

She loved just about everyone she met, but we all knew she loved Elvis the most. Well, it might be a tie between Elvis and anything purple. She also enjoyed playing cards and reading books. She had an enormous sense of humor and was not above the occasional practical joke. 

Christmas was her absolute favorite time of the year and you had to be sure to use the good tape or it would “magically” fall off her packages.

Maxine touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Leo and Edith Furman, and Theophil & Angeline Vincent; parents, August and Evelyn; first husband, Larry; and daughter Lisa Kay.

She is survived by her husband Donald “Hokus” Sr, children: Vince, James, Debra, Emily, Nick, Dorothy, Crystal, Sharon, Donald (JR) Jr, Alexander, and their families including 19 grandkids, and 1 great-grandchild. Brother, Roger Vincent and family; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, “extended family” and friends.