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 Services honoring and remembering the life of Maxine Brown will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 in the Verdigris Assembly of God, a burial service will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Claremore. Viewing will be held all day Wednesday at Rice Funeral Service in Claremore. Maxine passed away Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 at the Rolling Hills Nursing Center. She was 84.
Born January 29, 1933 in Oolagah, Okla., Maxine was the oldest of nine children born to Grover Brown and Beulah (Chafin) Brown. When she was a young girl she and all her siblings helped her father with his work at the dairy every morning and Maxine, being the oldest, helped her mother raise the rest of the children and keep up with their "little home". She continued caring for others all her life.
On May 15, 1953, in Bentonville, Ark., Maxine married Bill Brown, whom she had met when they were schoolmates in Verdigris. They made their home in Verdigris, and three children were born of this union.
Maxine's passions were her family and her church, she was a Sunday School teacher for over 62 years mostly at Verdigris Assembly of God. She and Bill enjoyed listening to bluegrass music, and for years they traveled to hear different artists in the area play. Maxine enjoyed sewing, gardening and babysitting her grandchildren.
This loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother will be missed by all who's lives she touched.
Maxine is preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, and four sisters, and one grandson: Matthew Tritt.
Maxine is survived by her husband of sixty-four years, Bill Brown of Claremore; three children: Susan Tritt and her husband Tim of Broken Arrow, Sandi Vanzant and her husband, Danny of Bristow, Billy (Butch) Brown and his wife, Sue Ann of Verdigris; one sister: Ruth Garrison of Tulsa; one brother: Ralph Chafin of Tahlequah, OK; six grandchildren: Michael Tritt, Brian Vanzant, Tony Vanzant and his wife, Rachael, Dustin Brown and his wife Cricket, Holly Brown and T.J. Smith; ten great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Published on October 17, 2017
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