Mary Maxine (Blake) Kiser


Mary Maxine (Blake) Kiser, 94, of Greenwood, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 15, 2016, at her home.

Maxine was born to William and Flossie Blake in Indianapolis on July 24, 1921, and graduated from Broad Ripple High School.

Maxine co-owned Don Kiser Cleaners in Greenwood, along with her husband, for almost 40 years.

Maxine was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church.

She attended Broad Ripple Methodist through her younger years and Greenwood Methodist until her passing. She was an accomplished award-winning china painter and even had pieces in the governor’s mansion.

She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies society of Greenwood and Women’s Rotary. She loved gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; and her 10 siblings, Paul, Arvilla, Virginia, Russ, Floyd, Keith, Jimmy, Ruthie, Jack and Joe.

She was blessed with two happy marriages: her first husband, Charles Bilyeu of 20 years; and her second husband, Donald Kiser, of 50 years. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Marti (Bilyeu) Pope; and her grandson, Clay Pope Freije.

Maxine is survived by her daughter, Dianne Birchler (Richard); and sons, Michael Kiser (Livia) and David Kiser (Rebecca); her granddaughters, Traci (Nancy) Birchler, Angie (Jim) Birchler, Jamie (Greg) Freije, Jodi Pope, Ellen McCammon and grandsons, Alex McCammon, Devin Sullivan-Lee, Stephen McCammon and Hugh Kiser; four great-grandchildren, Samantha Freije, Lauren Freije, Tirzah Freije and Tag Hiser; many nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as her devoted caregivers, Lauri Newman and Diane Holtgrave.

Her celebration of life will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens and Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Road 135, Greenwood. A burial service will be at 2 p.m.  A reception will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Greenwood United Methodist Church.