The life of Rosezetta Maxine Chamberlain is being honored and lovingly remembered at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 at Hilldale Baptist Church. She will be laid to rest at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens under the care of Rice Funeral Service. Maxine passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at her Verdigris home with devoted family members by her side, just days before her 86th birthday.
Born Oct. 1, 1930, Maxine grew up in west Tulsa before moving to the Owasso area in 1943. Her family owned and operated both a local store and service station and their ranch.
This began a love of the land that was passed down to the next generations.
As a young adult, Maxine married Gilbert Pinkerton and became the proud mother of her three children, Connie, Clark and Cathy. Catoosa was home for the family as Maxine worked first for a Tulsa oil company and later for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa as an administrative secretary. On April 28, 1977 Maxine married Johnny Chamberlain, who was the love of her life. They made Verdigris their home and Maxine began working for the Tulsa U.S. Army Corps of Engineers until her retirement on Dec. 30, 1994.
While employed with the Corps she was asked to go to Kuwait City to assist with the rebuilding following Desert Storm. While on that assignment she was also able to fulfill a lifelong dream of visiting Jerusalem.
When she wasn't caring for her home and family or focusing on her workplace efforts, she had an avid interest in cycling. She loved long bike rides with groups until being hit by a car.
Though this ended the long trips, she still enjoyed shorter neighborhood rides. She and Johnny shared a passion for collecting and repairing antique cars and entering them in car shows. They began their collection with a 1952 Studebaker Champion — winner of 95 trophies — and worked up to Maxine's pride and joy, her 1962 Rolls-Royce.
With retirement there was plenty of time, so Maxine and Johnny started their own business, J. and M. Escort Service. This allowed them to travel all over the country and enjoy new sites.
For many years Maxine took an active role in the Young Democrats. She then continued to play a major role as a strong Democratic Supporter in her community — instrumental in several major elections from Governor to Presidential races.
Maxine was a very devout Christian woman who loved her Lord. She went on mission trips to Honduras and locally rolling up her sleeves as a camp volunteer at Disney Church Camp. She was actively involved with youth and children's ministries at her church homes. She was a charter member of Rolling Hills Baptist Church before becoming a member of Memorial Heights Church and later Hilldale Baptist Church.
She continued to worship and serve faithfully until her illness prevented her.
Maxine enjoyed a rich and fulfilling life. She was a bright light with her vivacious personality that will be dearly missed by her many friends and her beloved family. She is survived by her husband, Johnny Chamberlain of the home; brother, Charlie Cash and his wife Ginny of Silverdale, Washington; children, Connie Harden of Claremore, Clark Pinkerton of Tulsa and Cathy Pinkerton Baker of Talala; grandchildren, Jeffrey Johnson of Tucson, Arizona, Christina Maxine Mullins, Brilena Vanhoutean and husband Robert of Glencoe, Jason Baker and wife Holly of Oologah and Jamie Baker Dillard of Verdigris; great grandchildren, Azya Skinner, Quentin Skinner, Malakai Dillard, Makailib Dillard, Jaxon Baker, Kason Baker and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred T. and Rosezetta (Harden) Cash and brothers, Clyde and Arvey Cash.
Published on September 29, 2016