Charity Maxine (Conover) Mercer
September 7, 1917 - April 26, 2011
Charity Maxine (Conover) Mercer, age 93, passed
away on April 26, 2011 at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center
in Walla Walla.
Maxine was born in Waitsburg on September 7, 1917
to Forrest and Carrie (Clark) Conover. She attended
Waitsburg High School, class of 1935 and graduated from
Whitman College in 1939. She taught English and business
classes at Ashland, Oregon, and Bickelton and Grandview,
Maxine married Jim Rusk and they operated Rusk
Turkey Farm until his death. She continued to be a successful
business woman in the agriculture industry.
On February 25, 1986, Maxine married Milt Mercer.
They enjoyed traveling around the United States. Mr. Mercer
preceded her in death in 1998.
Maxine was an accomplished violinist, teaching the
violin to many students and playing her violin for the enjoyment
of others. Maxine was an avid golfer and bridge
player. Maxine was a member of the Christian Church,
Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Chapter K PEO in Prosser, and
the Yakima County Republican Party.
Maxine is survived by her brother Ellsworth Conover
and wife Sherrill, nephew Larry Conover (Pam), nieces
Debra Hunter (Dave), and Terri Stroud (David), three -
sons, Rick and Don Mercer, Gerald Rusk and step daughter
Pat Hall, numerous step grandchildren, great grand children,
nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Stepson
Bud Mercer preceded her in death,
A viewing will be held Sunday, May 1, from 1-5 p.m.at the
Herring Groseclose Funeral Home in Walla Walla.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 2, at
the First Christian Church in Waitsburg at 11:00 a.m.