Sept. 14, 1915-March 13, 2013
Menlo Park, California
Maxine (Elston) Nathanson of Menlo Park, Calif. passed away peacefully on March 13, 2013 at the age of 98. Born in Kirksville, MO, she and her family moved to a farm near Pierre, SD during the Depression, before moving to Spokane, Washington. In 1947, she married Norman Jesse Nathanson, whom she met in San Francisco, where he was president of a bank. In 1960 he became Mayor of Cupertino, where they owned and operated a ranch for 28 years, growing cherries and apricots. In the mid 1970’s, the land was sold to build the Homestead School and they moved to Menlo Park. Maxine enjoyed socializing with her many friends, traveling, and watching golf on television. Maxine is predeceased by her father, Jake Andrews Elston and mother Cassie Elizabeth (Eddy) of Kirksville, MO, her brother, Cecil Elston of Spokane, WA, her husband Norman J. Nathanson of Menlo Park, her step-daughter Barbara (Nathanson) Connolly of La Jolla, CA, family members Frieda “Fritzie” Joest of Omaha, NE, and Lois Schank of Central City, NE. She is survived by her cherished grandson, William Norman Miller, his wife Nancy Bals and son Wade Jess Miller of Huntington, MA; dear friend and family member Patricia Schank and husband Larry Hamel of Menlo Park; and close friend of 70 years Eleanor Tiffany-Miller of Mesa, AZ. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Olivia Dunham, for the care and attention she showed Maxine during her last years.