CORRIGANVILLE Anna Maxine Dishong, daughter of the late Arthur and Nell (Morris) Robison, was born Feb. 1, 1926, in Frostburg, and moved to Corriganville. God saw that she was getting tired, and a cure was not to be. He put his arms around her and whispered "Come with me." The sun set for her on Feb. 19, 2018, while wrapped in the arms of her daughter, Janet, and son-in-law, Steve, at Moran Manor Nursing and Rehab, Westernport. The family appreciates those particular Nurses and GNA's who cared for her with compassion daily. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Virginia Dishong, Martha Hewit; and brother, Donlan Robison.
She walked with God every step of her life. She and God went for an extra long walk and talked on and walked on. God said you are a long way from home and tired, you had better just stay and come home with me, and she went.
She was met in heaven by her husband of 69 years, William Donald Dishong Sr.; her daughter, Donna Ann Beal; and her son, Gregory Eugene Dishong. Surviving are son, William Dishong Jr. and wife, Claudia, Bell, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Karen Dishong, Frostburg; son-in-law David Beal, Lighthouse Point, Fla.; son, Roger Dishong and wife, Kathryn, Hamlin, N.Y.; daughter, Janet Householder and husband, Steve, Westernport; and many nieces and nephews. She had 10 Grandchildren, Jennifer Bergeron, Calif., Heather Beal, Fla., Desiree Quinata, husband, Rory, Guam, Vince Dishong and wife, Megan, Carlos, Anna Dishong Frostburg, Gena Fogle and husband, Nicholas, Accident, Nathan Householder, and wife, Sarah, Dickenson, ND/Hagerstown, Ryan Householder, and wife Amanda, Frostburg, Claire and Camille Dishong, Hamlin. Great grandchildren include Emilee and Alexis Beachy, Gage, Trinity, and Kelli, Gregory and Jack Dishong, Zachary and Caleb Fogle, and Roland Householder.
She graduated from Beall High School, Frostburg, and Catherman's Business School, Cumberland, and worked in the office of Rosenbaum's Department Store on Baltimore Street in Cumberland, while her husband was overseas during World War II.
Maxine spent her life serving her family. She made a lot of her kid's clothes from scraps of material, worn out dresses, and daddy's ties. She was the Kool-Aid mom of the Frost Avenue Neighborhood. Packing egg sandwiches, graham crackers, and Kool-Aid, she'd take all the kids on a hike through the neighboring woods to the "big rock" for a picnic, or up the side of the mountain to see a frozen fountain of ice, or to the Swimming Pool. These may be some words from a new song, but the lyrics "Wear out your boots, kick up some gravel, don't be afraid, take the road less traveled" was her mantra.
Maxine was a Girl Scout Leader for many years and looked through the eyes of the girls as she planned activities that they would learn many things and enjoy, including visiting historical areas, taking many hikes and camping weekends. She was co - leader to her husband, Dishie, as he led the Cub Scout Pack at Pullen School for the boys and assisted with the Boy Scout Troop 42.
Our home and backyard was always full of pets including guinea pigs, fish, dogs, cats, rabbits, deer, turtles, chickens, a crow and many stray animals and children. She loved them all.
She was the travel planner and co-pilot of the family vacations which took them from Maine to California, from Alaska to Florida having visited every state in the United States except Hawaii, and nearly all of the provinces of Canada. Faith carried us through. She led the family in saying the Rosary daily on our car trips. She'd plan out everything there was to see along the routes that we were taking and make sure we were able to see things no matter what time of day or night they occurred. We were there!
She was the pioneer woman keeping her family at the campsite at Fifteen Mile Creek Campground at Little Orleans, for weeks at a time while the children were out of school. She'd keep the fire burning, wash clothes in buckets of water, cook meals, and enjoy time in the river with the many kids who'd spend time with our family.
One of her favorite hobbies was photography. She enjoyed taking pictures, mounting her 3 D Reels with family pictures, and sharing them at weekend gatherings of family members wearing 3 D glasses to view them on a screen. Later, she kept photos in albums and had many albums to give each of her children and grandchildren.
She covered her entire family and many friends and her children's friends with unimaginable love by crocheting afghan coverlets, scarves, toboggans, mittens, doilies, coat hangers, wall hangings, table cloths, bed spreads, pot holders, baby bibs and booties, bed dolls, chest warmer for wearing on the motorcycle, dish towels, and dish rags, snowflake, bell, and angel Ornaments - choosing the perfect gift for each occasion. Maxine was a Breast Cancer Survivor. She crocheted hats for the Yarn Angels who distributed them to children with cancer.
Our mom was a faithful companion and confidant even in the most difficult times. Mom dedicated her life to caring and providing for her children both physically and emotionally. She always seemed to know how to help us overcome problems and thrive in spite of them. At the bottom of mom's heart, we could always find forgiveness. A mom's love is irreplaceable leaving the children of all ages carrying within their hearts a dull and lasting ache but she instilled in us a strong will to continue searching for the happiness she always wanted for us.
Mom and Dad were a team as they nourished our family and everyone around them with their faith and love. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, cousin, sister, aunt, and friend. Faith carried us through the good times and the bad. She was so good and gave us everything, yet she had nothing, but the nothing she had was everything to us.
Friends will be received on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Divine Mercy Parish, St. Michael's Catholic Church, Main Street, Frostburg. Visitation with family begins at 10 a.m.
Funeral Mass begins at 11 a.m.
Always wanting to help others, she chose to donate her body to the Maryland Board of Anatomy.
A private interment will be held at a later time in Frostburg.
Published on February 22, 2018