March 29, 1927 - February 10, 2019
Maxine M. Roberson, a long-time resident of Bloomington, Minnesota, ended the sacred page of her life chapter on February 10, 2019, at the age of 91. Maxine was born on March 29,1927 in Emporia, Kansas and was the daughter of Lorin and Mary Louise Flowers. She attended the University of Kansas and the College of Emporia. While in Emporia, she met her late husband, John Roberson. Their marriage of 53 years was a keepsake. Through John's employment, they were relocated to Atchison, Kansas, St. Joseph, Missouri, Big Coulee South Dakota Native American Reservation and Bloomington, Minnesota, where she spent the remainder of her life.
Maxine was known as a highly talented and accomplished author. She had extraordinary insight and a vivid imagination which inspired her to travel from "pen to paper" in publishing a variety of children and spiritual books, poems and short stories. A children's book "Peace Is" and spiritual prose "Chosen to Walk" were amongst her most creative keepsake. A love for the "written word" transcended to becoming President of the Minnesota Branch of the National League of American Pen Women while teaching creative writing classes and lending her talents as a Minneapolis Public School resource volunteer. Maxine was highly involved as a member of St. Peter's A.M.E. Church where she volunteered in the church library.
She is survived by four children: Dr. Cassandra Roberson - Crystal, MN., Marsha Roberson-Harder - Boca Raton, FL., Willa Roberson-Mitchell (Stephen) - San Diego, CA., Stuart Roberson - Bloomington, MN. and five grandchildren: Steffon Mitchell, Jerome Smith, Arman Mitchell, William Harder III, Kristen Evans. They were all her keepsake.
In her poem "Keepsake", Maxine leaves us with these beautiful and parting words that will forever resonate:
Crushed petals dull with age,
Clinging to its stem while wearing a flat bow
and retaining its beauty of scent and preserving memories of love and events
Between the sacred pages.
By Maxine M Roberson (written - published 1981)
As a devoted mother, grandmother, relative and friend, Maxine is our forever "keepsake" where memories of love and events will be cherished and preserved by family and friends, while embraced between the sacred pages of our hearts.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Visitation one hour before service at church
St Peter's Church A.M.E.
401 E 41st St
Minneapolis, MN 55409