Maude Elizabeth Leming, age 97, passed away July 20, 2016 at her home in Circle City, Arizona. She was born January 13, 1919 in Laveen, Arizona to Jim Thomas Barney and Ella Brown Barney. Maude was raised in the Wickenburg-Wickieup areas and attended school in the Little Red School House in Wickenburg. She married Sam Foster and they made their home on a ranch in the San Pedro River area in Southeastern Arizona. During World War II Maude relocated to the Bakersfield, California area where she worked in the Aircraft factories. Following the war she moved to Oregon where she owned and operated a cafe in the Medford area. Maude had always wanted to attend culinary school and become a chef, but time and resources did not permit. Her passion was cooking and a close second was gardening. She married Howard Leming, a military man serving in the Navy in 1965 and they lived in Oregon but missed the Arizona Desert climate. They eventually moved back to Arizona settling in Circle City. Maude volunteered and assisted with the Meals of Wheels program and often drove the Seniors Services Bus. She was preceded in death by her husband Howard in 1980.
Maude is survived by her children: Mary Hoblit of Garden Valley, California, Bailey & Suzy Foster of Sonoita, Arizona, Betty & Charles Escapule of Tombstone, Az. and a brother Clinton & Hazel Briggs of Circle City, Az., 14 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 55 great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Wickenburg Municipal Cemetery. Friends may offer online condolences at www.wickenburgfuneralhome.com Arrangements under the direction of Wickenburg Funeral Home & Crematory.