Dorothy Max enjoyed many interests in life, from patriotism to being a professional artist.
In Chicago, she created marketing drawings to help advertise women's apparel until the late 1950s, said her daughter, Pamela Drangmeister.
Max, 88, of Crown Point, formerly of Hammond, died Nov. 27.
She loved politics and had WLS on her radio every day as she listened to Don and Roma Wade and Rush Limbaugh, her daughter said.
"Then it was on to the Fox News Channel," she chuckled.
Drangmeister fondly recalled her mother, a strong conservative, once complained on a vacation when the radio could not pick up Limbaugh's signal.
"She was a strong advocate for following the Constitution," Drangmeister's husband, Kenneth, chipped in.
"She was a very good seamstress," Pamela Drangmeister said, recalling how her mom would tailor suits for herself and other family members -- all from scratch.
"She was very exacting" as she taught me to sew," Drangmeister said with a laugh, "so I had to tear out a lot of seams."
Thanks to her mother, Drangmeister now crafts many things while sitting in the living room, such as quits and pillows.
And when she dons her ice skates, Drangmeister also thanks her mother for teaching her at an early age.
Max also loved classical music and the big band era.
"We went (to concerts) at least once a year," her daughter noted.
Max worked for the Lake County Welfare Department from around 1972-1990. She began as a case worker and retired as a fraud investigator, Drangmeister said.
She also noted that her mom lived with her since 2002.
"Our house is kind of different since she is gone," Drangmeister said. "But her influence will live on."