Amazing Maisie DeVore passes away at age 98

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ESKRIDGE (WIBW) -- It was a day we hoped would never come.

Maisie DeVore, the Eskridge, Kansas woman who pioneered her cause for a city swimming pool, died Saturday in Topeka. She was 98.

13 News and our Melissa Brunner often provided updates on Maisie's goal of raising enough funding for the pool to become a reality, and "keep the kids out of mischief," as she would say.

Her three decades of collecting, weighing and saving the money toward the pool project also caught the attention of 'CBS Sunday Morning," which 13 helped provide video for, as Maisie was featured on the program upon the pool's completion.

She was the official first swimmer in the water, before dozens of kids and families joined in the fun.

The pool project earned DeVore honors as the 2002 recipient of the Jacqueline Kennedy Award for Public Service.

Those accolades were not her first introduction to a national audience, as family members reminded her fans that Maisie was also cast in each episode of the landmark Hallmark television series, "Sarah, Plain and Tall."

Maisie would have turned 99 on January 31st.

The yearly "Maisie's Ride" motorcycle ride to continue funding for the Eskridge Pool, will be held on May 12th.