I wrote on September 24, 2008, Gaylord Maxwell: The Passing of Mr. RV. The next blow was not unexpected. Yesterday I received an email from Peggy Waterman, the do everything person that kept the wheels of Life On Wheels (LOW) greased, emailed me that Gaylord’s widow, Margie, had decided to close down Life On Wheels after a 14 year run.
Margie was at Gaylord’s side throughout, keeping him going, encouraging him when things didn’t roll on as smoothly as he wanted, always smiling when he would announce at each of LOW’s opening sessions, “what has kept us together for all these years is the vow I took when we married–to love, honor and obey. I learned the obey part.” But Gaylord was the heart of LOW and without the heart, the rest cannot survive.
All of us instructors, who Gaylord and Margie always treated as family, will never forget the swell of pride when LOW students would tell us how much they loved the program, how much they learned, and they kept coming back year after year, renewing our friendships each year. Nor will we forget what Gaylord and Margie meant to our personal development, how Gaylord gently goaded us to continually improve our classes, to “give the students what they paid their money for.”
All that is behind us now, but we will never forget. And the RV Industry, and everyone who participates in the RV Lifestyle, whether touched directly or indirectly by Gaylord and Margie and Life On Wheels, is the better for it. My love goes out to Margie, it was quite a run.