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Maixne I. Byrum, 92, New Rockford, ND, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020 in the Lutheran Home of  the Good Shepherd, New Rockford.

Maxine King was born June 29, 1927 in Kenmare, ND, to Sarah and Albert King.  She attended grade school at Coulee, ND, and one year of high school at Donnybrook, ND and the three years at St. James Academy in New Rockford where she graduated from high school.

She married Ralph Byrum “Barney” in 1946 at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Stanley, ND.  They made their home in New Rockford.  Ralph died in May 2006.

Maxine worked at the City Hospital as a nurse’s aide and also worked as a teacher’s aide at St. James Grade and High School for 11 years.  She managed the North Dakota Steam Threshers Cook Car for over 30 years.  She was a Tupperware dealer for many years and won several awards for being the outstanding sales lady.  Maxine also enjoyed doing crafts and attending many fairs and shows.

Maxine was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister.  She was an active member on the Church Council and supported the Right to Life.  Maxine’s children and grandchildren were her pride and joy.  She prayed daily for their safety and good health and instilled in them a deep love for their faith.  She was a wonderful role model and a great cook, known especially for her homemade baked buns and bread.

Maxine is survived by her seven children, Janice (Larry) Lura, Carrington, Darnell (Philip) Lura, Carrington, Bruce (Becky) Byrum, Spearfish, SD, Bonnie (Dan) Smith, Custer, SD, Steve (Diane) Byrum, Mayville, ND, Randy (Susan) Byrum, Beulah, ND, and Daren (Michelle) Byrum, Harwood, ND; one sister, Devonne Anderson, Mountian Terrace, WA; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 60 years, Ralph, four brothers, Jerome, Harold, Howard, and Thomas, and two sisters Marguerite Anderson and Elaine Wick


Visitation will be Tuesday 9:00AM-5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, continuing at the church from 6:00PM – 6:45PM followed by a Rosary at 6:45PM and a Vigil Service at 7:00PM at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 12:00PM at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford, ND.

Burial will be at the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Your Mother was always such a joy to visit with. We sure miss visiting with her after church & running into your family members. She had quite a hand in getting Lois to AZ, now we get to enjoy escaping the cold( think of her often. God Bless Pegs & Ray

  2. Big party in Heaven The Campbell Crew. Max, please give my family a big hug. I’m sure they were all standing there with God to welcome you into heaven! God got another angel! <3 <3 <3 R.I.P Max!

  3. Daren and Michelle – Keith and I are so very sorry for the loss of your mother. Prayers for healing, and for
    all the great memories to remain in your hearts forever.

  4. Dear Byrum and Lura families,

    We all know that Maxine lived her life as the beloved child of God that she is. Now she will reap the rewards. So, with heavy hearts, we say, “Thank you, Lord.” She was a shining example of all that is good and right. We would all do well to follow her lead.

    We pray for God’s comfort and peace in your time of great sadness.

    Love, Susan & Monte

  5. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. We are so sorry to hear of your moms passing. God bless her and your family.

  7. Dear Byrum Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your mother was a wonderful person and always had a nice welcoming smile to greet anyone. Your mom and dad were “salt of the earth” folks. Our deepest condolences. God bless.

  8. Sorry to hear about the loss of Maxine. Fond memories of her and Barney over the years when he worked at Border States Paving.

  9. Auntie Maxine and her infectious laugh will always hold a special place in my heart. So sorry for your loss, cousins.

  10. We will miss “Max” so very much. She was a lovely person and added a great deal of warmth to our LHGS family. Bless your family as you carry on her legacy of faith and service, creativity and “Get ‘er done!” spirit.

  11. Dear family Byrum, I never met Maxine… But Steve and Diane are two of our most beloved friends, so my whole family is with you these days. We hope after the time of grief, you remember only the good days and memories of your life with her. She is now in the row of all the good fellows, who left us already and I’m sure, she will look down on you with a thankfull heart. We are with you, take care!
    Anja & Leonard Hillmann from Germany with family

  12. So many fond memories of Max and Barney and all the Byrums. Feels so much like family for all these years. Max and my mom, Myrtle Dyrness, Max Allmaras, Rita O’Connor, Agnes Boyle and many more New Rockford gals had so much fun together and I have heard numerous stories of their Shananigans! I also heard a lot of “King Sister” stories too.
    We so enjoyed coming home late Friday night to Max’s kitchen and delicious “elephant ears” (deep fried sweet rolls) waiting to be devoured.
    Max had a forever smile and sometimes that little mischievous smirk would show up and you knew she was up to something!
    She showed us a great example of how to treat her friends (she was a bff (best friend forever) of Myrtle’s and the love for her family was number one on her list. I just can’t say enough about this fine lady. RIP with the Lord, dear Max.

  13. How appropriate that Maxine would enjoy a “Heavenly Birthday” on February 14th. She was the sweetest of hearts!

    Her happy marriage to Barney,
    Her beautiful children and families,
    Her many treasured friendships —
    these were Maxine’s legacy!

    She was a lovely ray of sunshine in New Rockford. God’s peace be with her!

  14. My condolences to the Byrum family. Maxine lived a life of bringing joy everywhere she went. Her smile and laughter were contagious. Cherish those wonderful memories.

  15. Dear Byrum Family, so sorry to hear of Max’s passing. What a great lady and all the good she did while on this earth. I especially remember what she did for her sister Marge at the end of her life and the care she felt for all her siblings. When visiting this wonderful lady, you couldn’t come away without seeing her smile and that laugh that would erupt. When your grief subsides , you’ll have endless memories of her life.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, GARY KLEIN

  16. So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


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