Maxine F. Saxton

December 14, 1916 ‒ July 21, 2011

formerly of Marion, Ohio

Maxine F. Saxton, age 94, formerly of Marion, died Thursday afternoon, July 21, 2011, at the Keller Oaks Healthcare Center in North Richland Hills, Texas, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.

On December 14, 1916, Maxine was born in Marion, one of four children of the late Harry and Marie (Busler) Drake.

While under a tree in Raymond, Ohio, on July 2, 1938, Maxine married John V. Saxton. They shared 62 years together. He preceded her in death on December 6, 2000.

A caring homemaker, Maxine made sure she “took care of her children.” Her children, grandchildren and friends were truly her whole life.

Avid gardeners, Maxine and John always planted a large garden of vegetables, flowers, and took “beautiful” care of their yard. They also canned a lot of their vegetables to eat during the winter months.

Her family put it best, when they said simply “she was a special lady.” She also loved a good meal and could remember her favorite meals years later.

Maxine had been a member of the Pythian Sisters in Waldo.

She will be dearly missed by her three children: Judith (Bob) McClaren of Grove City, Linda (Tom) Willauer of Marion, and John E. (Kim) Saxton of Grapevine, Texas; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bob Drake of Simi Valley, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Maxine was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharron Nelson; a brother, Ralph Warren Drake; and a sister, Lorraine Soulier.

The Saxton family will greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services honoring her life will follow there at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Gale Green officiating. Burial will follow in Raymond Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or Alpha-Omega Hospice, P. O. Box 162041, Fort Worth, TX 76161.

The Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Maxine’s family, and condolences may be expressed to them by visiting