Maxine E. Ashbrook

October 21, 1922 ‒ March 06, 2016

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Maxine E. Ashbrook, of Mount Gilead, passed away Sunday afternoon, March 6, 2016, at Parkside Village Assisted Living in Westerville after a blessed and full 93 years.

On October 21, 1922, Maxine was born in Denmark, OH, the daughter of the late Fred and Aileen (DeGrief) Linder.  She graduated from Edison High School in the Class of 1940.

Maxine married the love of her life, Lowell Ashbrook on March 16, 1941 at the Denmark United Methodist Church.  They shared a special love and friendship that lasted over 67 years before he preceded her in death on December 12, 2008.  Together they enjoyed participating in card clubs with their friends and camping in their younger years.

For 25 years, Maxine was secretary to the superintendent of Mount Gilead schools, from where she retired in 1984. She enjoyed being involved in the Morrow County community and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mount Gilead for over 50 years.  She was also very dedicated to the Happy Wanderers organization.

Maxine took great pride in her home that she and her husband built.  She enjoyed decorating and always making sure the house was kept.  Her other great love was her family.  She liked to play games with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was always in charge of the family gatherings.

Maxine was a big-hearted woman, who was continuously determined in her pursuits, and always accommodating and giving to her family and friends.

Maxine will be dearly missed by her three children: Lonnie (Karen) Ashbrook of Hudson, FL, Jerry (Bonnie) Ashbrook of Edison, Vicki Gooding of Westerville; grandchildren: Jerry (Teresa) Ashbrook, Kelli (James) Fisher, Scott (Bridget) Gooding, Amy (Ryan) Clifton, Arleigh (Robert) Jones, Eric (Jana) Ashbrook; great-grandchildren: Jordan, Taylor, Nick, Kaitlyn, Jake, Emma, Sarah, Alex, Sam, Deric, Savannah, Tyler, Terra, Merlin, Eve and June; and a sister-in-law, Virginia Linder of Edison.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, James Gooding and brother, F. William Linder.

Maxine’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate her life will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016 with Pastor Kelly Melvin officiating.  Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church, 51 W. High St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338; Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338; or to VITAS Hospice and Palliative Care, 655 Metro Place South, Suite 770, Dublin, OH 43017.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Maxine’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • So sorry for your loss, Maxine was a dear lady always with a hug and a smile I will miss her prayers for the family

  • To all of Maxine’s family: Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. She was always such a dear friend, and so kind to everyone. May God bless and comfort you in the days ahead.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Maxine’s passing. Her and Lowell were such wonderful neighbors to us. My condolences to the family

  • It is with a heavy heart and deepest sorrow that I feel about Maxine’s passing. She was my dearest friend and I will always miss her. She was the most truly kind person I have ever met. We had so much fun every time we visited Mt. Gilead and she spent almost every hour with us while we were there. Maxine was one of a kind and we both loved her so much. Our prayers are with everyone affected by the loss of our dear Maxine.
    Kay & Bruce Hildebrand

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss . Recently I lost my dear grandmother and found great comfort in the words of Jesus at John 11:11-14, where he likens death to being asleep, and at John 5:28,29 – “All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” We will soon meet Maxine again.

  • The Carl Denton family offers their understanding and prayers with the loss of your mother.
    Our folks were such good friends and had so much fun together.
    Maxine was a real gem and will surely be missed here.
    Bless all those who loved her.
    Denise and Patty Denton

  • A beautiful lady inside and out. Maxine always took so much pride in her appearance. She and Lowell [who I am certain she dressed ] always looked picture perfect. May this wonderful lady rest in peace. We will miss her visits to Florida.

  • Lonnie: Jill and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your dear mother. You can take comfort knowing that she led a full and wonderful life, and will soon join your Dad in Heaven. Take care old friend. Tom and Jill Dexter.

  • To the family of dear, sweet Miss Maxie! Bless her heart, what an impression she made from our first visit. She was, is truly one of a kind and I am blessed to have been given the chance to know her. May you all find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Thanks for sharing her with me! Love to you all, Miss Suzie!!

  • To Lonnie, Karen and all your family, please accept our deepest sympathy and especially our prayers on the passing of your wonderful mother. Although such a passing is sad it is far more a joyful reunion with God. Rejoice for you now have another Angle watching over you.

  • Lonnie & Karen
    How blessed your Mother was to have lived such a beautiful full life. Have a safe trip back to Florida.
    Bernice & Jerry

  • So sorry to hear of Maxine’s passing.
    Our deepest condolences to all the Ashsbrook family. Jerry and Sue Sweeney

  • Vicki,
    My sincere sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your Mother. She was always so nice…..just never met a stranger. She was so blessed to of been given 93 years with her family. May she RIP and thoughts and prayers will continue to be lifted up for all of you.

  • My condolences at the passing of Maxine. Such a lovely person. I will keep you in my prayers during this time and the days ahead. May the memories of her times with you bring comfort and gladness.

  • Really sorry to hear about your mother’s passing, it brought back a lot of good memories. Hope you are all doing well. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lonnie, Karen and family,

    So many wonderful memories you have to comfort you.
    God, has your mother in His keeping, you have her in your heart.