• Emma Maxine Hydorn Cummings Gillett


Maxine Gillett, 77, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Fredonia Hospital, in Fredonia, after fighting a long battle with cancer and healing from recent surgeries.

Maxine was born October 18,1943 at the Anderson County Hospital, in Garnett, the daughter of J. Edgar and Roberta T. (Marple) Hydorn. She joined an older brother Lewis. The family lived on a farm outside Kincaid, KS until her father died in a tractor accident when Maxine was three. Upon her father’s death, they moved into Kincaid.

Two years later her mother married Paul C. Smith, of Lone Elm. Maxine quickly became the apple of Paul’s eye. This union brought a bonus brother to the family, Arthur. The family then moved to a farm north of Toronto. After awhile they moved into Toronto where Maxine attended the Toronto School.

On April 1, 1959 she was united in marriage to Robert O. “Bob” Cummings at a small church, in El Dorado, KS. To this union three children were born, Robert O. “Bob” Jr., Kathryn L. “Kathy”, and James A. “Jim”. Bob and Maxine later divorced in 1980, but remained friends thru the years.

On May 7, 1984 she was united in marriage to Robert J. “Bobby” Gillett. They lived in Gridley and New Strand before moving to Arizona and eventually settling in Salida, Co. He preceded her in death, May 8, 2008.

Maxine held many jobs, one was writing the Toronto News for the Toronto Republican. A job she enjoyed as the third female in her family to work for a newspaper. She was a certified med aid and worked at several nursing homes in Yates Center and Salida, CO.

Her most rewarding job was with DTS, in Salida, where she worked with mentally challenged people. At that job she sustained an injury to her back that prevented her from working.

Before arthritis got the best of her fingers, she enjoyed playing her guitar at church and area nursing homes accompanying her children as they sang and embroidery.

Living in Salida, CO, for 20 years, she enjoyed sitting by the Arkansas River and watching the fish swim by. She loved the beauty and serenity of the mountains and enjoyed taking visitors sightseeing.

In 2003, she and her husband moved back to Kansas and lived in Neodesha until they lost everything in the flood of 2007, at that time they moved to Toronto. Following the death of her husband and health issues she moved in with her daughter Kathy and son-in-law Wade, in Toronto.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, her step brother Arthur, and her sister-in-law Teddy Sue Hydorn.

She is survived by her sons, Bob Cummings and wife Nita, of Chanute and Jim Cummings and wife Bridget, of Wichita; her daughter Kathy Cummings and her husband Wade Percifield, of the home; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her brother, Lewis Hydorn of Dunneweg, MO and nephew Ted Hydorn and wife Kelly, also of Missouri; sister-in-law Ruby Smith of Lockport, Ill and two nephews, Brian and Roger.

In addition to family members she is survived by many life-long friends, and her first husband, Bob Cummings of Wichita.

Due to Covid-19 there will not be a service at this time. The family is planning a memorial service in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Friend’s For Life, in Yates Center, that provided financial support during all the bouts of chemo she underwent, or the Toronto First United Methodist Church, and can be sent in care of Jones Campbell Funeral Home, PO Box 188, Yates Center, KS 66783.

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