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Per her request, no funeral services will be held for Shirley Maxine Braulick, 91, of Coos Bay. Private cremation rites were held at Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay.
Maxine was born January 11, 1927, in Burns, Oregon, to Guy Leslie Lasater and Willie Gertrude Young Lasater. She passed away peacefully, January 30, 2018 in Coos Bay, surrounded by family.
She was the product of Eastern Oregon sagebrush country. Her father, Guy, was a restless man who moved Maxine and the family many times around Eastern Oregon, from French Glen to Hot Springs, then The Narrows, to Alkali Lake, to Lawne, and finally Crane, where she gave the 8th Grade commencement speech. She made her way to Portland to live with her sister Clara for her senior year, and graduated from Gresham High School in 1945. Demand for nurses during World War II provided her an opportunity to attend the University of Portland's St. Vincent's Nursing School, and she graduated from the program as an R.N. in 1948. She had endless stories of her nursing training days at St. Vincent's Hospital and her three months at the Salem state mental hospital. After graduation, while visiting family in North Bend, she stopped at Keizer hospital for a visit and was hired on the spot. Maxine started as a recovery room nurse, and quickly moved to the operating room at Keizer and then to Bay Area Hospital, where she worked alongside her daughter as a surgical charge nurse until her retirement in 1990.
Also, on that early trip to North Bend, Maxine met and married Gilbert James Braulick, who was a tenant in her parents' boarding house. They were married in Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in 1949. Soon after, they moved to Coos Bay, built their own home, and started their family of three amazing children. They were married for 67 years. Maxine was a proud member of St. Monica's Catholic Church for 59 years and was a breast cancer survivor, participating in the Relay for Life for many years.
Maxine was an avid gardener and baker. She looked forward to working outdoors in her garden everyday and loved nothing more than sharing her cookies and pies with family and friends. She was an animal lover as well, always spoiling her beloved cats and local birds that visited her yard daily. She shared these passions and passed on her knowledge to her beloved grandchildren with whom she loved spending time whenever she could. Her heart was expansive and compassionate, with room for everyone and everything.
Maxine died as she had always lived, with quiet faith, without fear, only concerned for those gathered around her. She spent a lifetime in service of others and was, quite simply, the last of the best.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Scott Bassett; sons, Stephen and David Braulick; grandchildren, Allison Bassett, Jared Bassett, Julia McNutt, Natalie Braulick; and great-grandchild, Caroline McNutt.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Shirley's name may be made to the American Cancer Society, Coos County Unit, 31 West 6th St., Medford, Oregon 97501
Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.
Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guestbook at www.coosbayareafunerals.com and theworldlink.com