Maxine Elizabeth Begay (Ttik Ni Kwe) Obituary

December 20, 2023 –

Maxine Elizabeth Begay (Ttik Ni Kwe)
February 28, 1942 – December 19, 2023

Maxine Elizabeth Begay, Ttik Ni Kwe, 81, of Mayetta, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka surrounded by family.

She was born February 28, 1942 at home near Mayetta, the daughter of Peter and Edna Keggmega Wabnum.

Maxine was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, 4/4, served on the enrollment committee for the tribe, a former member of Assumption Catholic Church in Topeka, Kansas and The Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles in Gower, Missouri.

She had lived in Denver, CO for many years and worked for Eastwood Printing there. After retiring, she moved back to the Mayetta area.

She married Westley Begay on September 23, 1963 in Los Angeles, CA. He preceded her in death on June 18, 2010.

Maxine was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Michelle Begay, a granddaughter, Hvwla-Este Coon, three brothers, Irving Shopteese, Eli Wabnum and Reuben Wabnum, and two sisters, Theresa “Osh” Asselin and Lorene “Snooks” Wahweotten.

Survivors include an adopted mother, Voncile Mitchell, Mayetta, a son, Anthony Sandoval and wife, Jamie Sandoval, San Diego, CA, a daughter, Carolyn Begay, three grandchildren, Michelle Alcon, Simone Alcon and Maxine Coon, and four great grandchildren, Aaliyah Madrid, Selena Swaim, Alexis Madrid and Joseph Wesley Robert Sandoval.

In addition to Maxine’s loving human family, she leaves behind her devoted wiener dog, Copper, who was a source of companionship and joy. Copper was more than Maxine’s puppy; he was a beloved friend whose loyalty and presence provided immeasurable comfort in Maxines life.

Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, December 23rd at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Matwe-Shobney Cemetery. A supper was held on Friday in Sister Therese Klepac Memorial Hall, on the church grounds, and a Rosary was prayed.

(Courtesy of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home)