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Maxine Mae Thomas, Kenton, Ohio, passed away at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at the Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton. She was born in Kokomo, the daughter of the late James Manford and Bertha Jewel (Clark) Massey. On April 10, 1943, Maxine married Edgar Loyd Thomas, and he passed away March 20, 1998.
She is survived by her grandchildren, Joel (Kimberly) Thomas, Wabash, and Ailsa (Paul) Thomas-Getts, Kokomo; great-grandchildren, Ariana Getts, Bronwyn Getts, Seth Thomas, Sabine Thomas, Asa Thomas, Beatrix Mae Thomas, River, Celest and Link; her sister, Nancy (John) Farthing, Kenton; her daughter-in-law, Joyce Astell, Kokomo; and several nieces and nephews.
Maxine was preceded in death by her son, James W. Thomas on May 4, 2006; and her sisters, Virginia Gould and Betty Ford.
Maxine graduated from Kokomo High School. She worked at Haynes Stellite in Kokomo during World War II, was retired from the position of deputy director of the Hardin County Board of Elections and she volunteered at the Kenton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was a member of the Kenton Trinity United Presbyterian Church, where she held several offices and taught a junior Sunday school class; a 50-year member of the Kenton Latham Chapter O.E.S. 364, where she held many offices and was the worthy matron in 1976 and 1989; she was the deputy grand matron in 1980, the grand page to D.G.M. in 2003, and grand page to associate grand patron in 2007; held a dual membership at the Center Chapter O.E.S. in Kokomo; was a member of the Kenton Elks Lodge Ladies Card Club; a member of D.A.V. Auxiliary, where she held all local offices and was the Dept. of the Ohio State Commander from 1982-1983; she was an affiliated member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Kokomo. Years ago she was also the den mother for her son Jim's Boy Scout troop.
Funeral services for Maxine M. Thomas will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at the Schindewolf Stout Crates Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tomas Pistora officiating. Kenton Latham Chapter O.E.S. 364 funeral memorial service will begin the services at noon on Saturday, followed by the funeral service by the Rev. Pistora. Burial will follow in Grove Cemetery, Kenton. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday prior to the funeral service.
Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Kenton. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting stoutcrates.com.
Published on August 9, 2017
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