Maxine Lois Leedy Hardin

November 05, 1927 ‒ January 15, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

     -Psalm 118:24

 

Today, the Angels in Heaven are rejoicing the passing of Maxine Lois Leedy Hardin from the earthly Church to the Church of Christ Triumphant, while those who remain behind can only weep.  Maxine passed away peacefully at Ohio Health Mansfield Hospice on January 15, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.

Maxine Lois Schonauer was born with her twin brother Max in Woodbury, Ohio near Bellville, on November 5, 1927, to Clarence & Ethel Schonauer.  She grew up in Woodbury and Fredericktown with her older sister Helen, older brother Eugene, older sister Eileen, younger sister Barbara and younger brother Gary.  Maxine was always quick to remind her twin brother Max that she was the older sibling by a full twenty minutes, and therefore the boss.

Those left behind to mourn her passing include her dear husband of thirty-five years, Clifford, along with her children Terry (Kay) Leedy of Lexington, OH, Darryl (Brian) Leedy of Mansfield, OH and Michelle (Steve) Tackett of Bellville, OH, Scott Hardin of Marietta, GA and Pam (Pat) Gassaway of Mt. Gilead, OH.  Another son, Stephen Hardin, preceded her in death in 1998.  She has ten grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.  Colin Stair, one of her great grandchildren preceded her in death in 2015.  She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews, and always said that the children in her life are her greatest joy.

Maxine loved her family and faith first, family and boating second and family, work, flowers, scripture reading, horseback riding, water aerobics, cross country skiing, hang gliding, and sandy beaches just about anywhere a very close third.  What she did not like was chasing cattle on the farm after they decided to explore greener pastures.  She started her career path at the Farm Bureau in Bellville, then the Mansfield News Journal in the early 1950’s, before moving on to Ohio Bell/United Telephone/Sprint as an operator who simply loved talking to people on the phone.  She was loved by her co-workers and turned down many promotions over the years, so she could remain at her station doing what she loved best.

After retiring in 1989 at age 62, she decided to start another career by joining the Taco Bell team at Hanley Road in Mansfield as their good will ambassador, where she stayed active until age 85.  The Taco Bell corporate team was very disappointed to learn that their franchise on Hanley Road suffered a significant reduction in business after she left.  Her manager remarked on several occasions that people would time their visits to the store based on when she would be working.

Maxine had a very strong faith life, and love of the Lord.  She was a member of the New Life Church of Christ in Bellville for sixty-nine years, and loved her church family and friends.  Maxine and her husband Cliff also loved traveling around the country, with special emphasis on sandy beach locations in Florida, Virginia and South Carolina.  Maxine expressed only one regret about her life, that she did not pursue her dream to join the Navy and go to college.  She once said…”Actually, I wanted to join the Navy so I could go to college.  Those Navy uniforms were cute, you know!”

The family will receive friends at a memorial gathering and visitation, held at Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, OH, from 3PM to 7PM on Friday January, 24.  Maxine’s funeral service will be held at New Life Church of Christ, 195 W Durbin Ave. in Bellville, at 10:30 AM on Saturday January 25. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations to Ohio Health Hospice Mansfield are encouraged.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Maxine’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence, or to watch her tribute video, at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

 – 2 Timothy 4: 7-8

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  • Maxine was a wonderful Happy Lady, who will be greatly missed. Sending our prayers to you. Dale and Mary Lou Shafer

  • Maxine was one of a kind. She was the most loving person I’ve ever known. She loved everyone and never judged a soul. She was funny and always game for anything! My condolences to her family! They lost the best, but heaven gained an angel!

    • Thanks Amy. You and Mom shared and appreciated each other’s playful, sometimes naughty sense of humor. Add Aunt Carol and you could always count on a good time! Lots of laughs. Will miss seeing you.
      XOXOXO

  • Our beloved Aunt Maxine was everything I aspire to be. She leaves a huge gap in our hearts and lives. We are all better for knowing and loving her. We cherish every memory, especially all the laughter and love. So grateful for her faith, knowing we will see her again eases this grief! We love you all so much; Terry, Darryl, and Michelle, we have been so blessed to share such amazing twin parents. While our hearts are heavy for our loss, we are so thankful and grateful to have had such an amazing woman to help guide us through this life! Love and prayers, Morgan and Marla

  • Maxine was always a joy to work. She had an upbeat loving spirit. The Tacobell gang will miss her.

  • Maxine was a really nice lady.
    She never knew a stranger.
    RIP Maxine, may we meet again
    Rosanna Hoffman Craven

  • Maxine was such a sweetheart. I can imagine when she worked for the telephone service that people loved talking to her just as much as she loved talking to them!
    So sad to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.
    – Sara Saxton

  • I don’t want to say goodbye. I just want to say see you later Maxine. Save a seat for me on a bench under a pretty tree where we can visit. You were such a Godly women and inspiration in mine and my families life. You were always so upbeat and happy even when you hurt. Terry, Darryl, and Michelle took such good care of you. That alone was such a testimony to how much you meant to them. So see you later. I love you.

  • As the daughter of a cousin, Dennis Schonauer, I was always so happy when
    we were able to go where the family of Clarence and Ethel lived. They all were
    such sweet, loving people.I know she will be missed by all her immediate family. I wish I had known her better…she was a beautiful lady. Love and prayers to Max and Marla Jo and all of her family .

  • Darrell and Michelle I’m so sad to hear your mom pasted. She was one of the sweetest, kindest people and she will be so missed. Heaven gained a perfect angel. Love to all of you.

    • Thank you so much Colleen. Where would we be without the guidance of mothers like yours and mine? You know, we grew up in a golden moment of time with freedoms that today’s kids can only marvel at. We took that freedom and ran with it, had lots of fun with it, survived it and are better and wiser people because of it. All along, tried and true, our moms were there with their loving guidance never wavering. Where would we be without them?
      Mom was just asking about your family this past Thanksgiving when we were discussing the Blizzard of ’78. So many memories, so much love! It was a pleasure and an honor to share that “golden moment” with your family and the other families on Appleseed Rd! Lots of Love to you and your family.

  • To the Leedy/Hardin families,
    May God comfort you in your loss of Maxine. We are so greatful to have known this wonderful lady. We have never met a more positive person who has set a high standard for living life to it’s fullest each and every day. eRJust know that she will be smiling down upon each of you every day because that was who she was.
    You will be missed,
    David & Lisa Garverick

  • TERRY,DARRYL,MICHELLE, I REMEMBER MANY TIMES WHEN I WOULD GO OUT TO THE FARM HOUSE WITH TERRY WHEN WE WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL.SHE WAS A KIND AND GRACIOUS LADY. I’M SURE GOD HAS A SPECIAL PLACE FOR HER. YOU WERE BLESSED TO HAVE SUCH A MOTHER.

  • Maxine was one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever met & one of the first friends I made at the phone company!!! She always had that infectious smile on her face & always shared it with all she met. I was so blessed to have her share her beautiful family with me. I have so many wonderful memories of our times on her pontoon boat! I’ve lost a special long time friend but joyfully gained a special Guardian angel. RIP my dear friend! I love you!

  • To the Leedy / Hardin family,

    Maxine will be sorely missed by all. I never saw her where she did not have a smile. She was a sweet lady that made everyone feel good and I’m so glad she was my son’s grandmother. Peace to all and cherish your memories, I will.

    • Mom,

      Thanks for your sweet and touching message. I know that despite the vicissitudes of life and relations over the decades, grandma was always very fond of you and considered you family. When I saw her in the hospital in the final days of her life, she asked about you and was happy to hear that you’re well, and asked me to convey that she loved you. She was a wonderfully loving and caring soul and the world would be a much better place if we could all live up to her example. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and memories.

      Love,
      Chris

  • Maxine I worked with you at Taco Bell you was the sweetest lady I have ever met.I’m so sorry to hear this you will be missed by so many loved ones my heart is broken we was just talking about you a few ago on how you always was such a beautiful person I love you ❤️

  • Marj Hardin Starke,
    Maxine was my only sister-in-law, on my side of the family, married to my only brother, Cliff.
    She was a stellar, lovely, most gracious and fun loving person who put one at ease the moment you met her!
    Her love of her husband and family showed through her actions when one was present!
    Though miles separated us all these years, she and Cliff were able to come to Florida where she would enjoy the warmth of the Florida sun and sand in her toes!
    Maxine was deep in her faith of her Lord, reading passages everyday
    She will be greatly missed, but is at peace now!

  • Michelle, Darryl and Terry , my heart is breaking for your loss. We are family, growing up and playing together. Always welcomed with a smile. My childhood days were some of the happiest days of my life. You all were a very big part of that. I will miss Maxines smile and kindness. Much love and prayers for your comfort.

    • Angela.. our old lip-syncing buddy. What will it be..The Supremes? Ohio Express or maybe Three Dog Night? Ha!
      Mom loved you and your family so much and she was very proud of you, Angela. We had so many good times, didn’t we? You are right – We Are Family! Much Love too you and your family.

    • Thank you Angela, and yes, our neighborhood was like a big family, and I’m so thankful for that!
      I always told everyone that your grandparents (John and Hilda) were my grandparents also!
      Definitely, my fondest childhood memories were spent with all of you, and mom loved you all dearly! We’ve been blessed!

  • Word can express how much I miss grandma her laugh and her jokes she was always fun to be around I will miss you grandma Your flying high now

  • Maxine was the most amazing person I have ever known and I was fortunate to be in her family, too many memories to count . When you think of her you can only smile and listen you will hear her loving voice.

  • Terry and family, So sorry for your loss. May God Bless you and your family. May you find strength in the knowledge she is at peace.

  • Irene Pickens I’m sure the family will miss her greatly my condolences sympathy are with each one just enjoy and share memories together it will help pass the time God loves f says:

    Maxine was a very loving lady. We had some good times together. We used to meet for lunch and we were in exercise classes together years ago she was a very happy lady always had a smile on her face and she was very energetic. I’m sure the family will miss her greatly my condolences sympathy are with each one just enjoy and share memories together it will help pass the time God loves each one of you.

    • Grandma,

      Thank you for the kind and heartfelt message. I’m so glad that you and Maxine kept in contact and met up for occasional lunches and other activities over the years. It meant so much to me that even though my parents parted ways when I was very young, my two very special grandmas whom I loved very much remained close. I know every time I saw Maxine she asked about you and wished you well, especially after you moved to Florida permanently and weren’t able to see her in person anymore. I have such fond memories of your visit with my mom and Maxine to see Brian and me in Madison in 2006, it was so much fun to have the three of you together at one time. She will be greatly missed by all but you’re right, we have many beautiful memories of her to cherish. Thanks again for your sympathy and for taking a moment to reminisce.

      Love,
      Chris

  • Maxine was truly a wonderful, loving, kind, loved to laugh and have fun., person. She was my sister-in-law but I always called her my sister. She loved my brother, Cliff, and her family so dearly. She was a very positive person, a very wonderful Christian person, who loved our Lord. My late-husband used to get tickets to the Muirfield Golf Tournament and she and Cliff loved going to those. I will miss her tremendously. Rest in Peace, dear Maxine. I love you.
    Diane Hardin Clark

  • PLB Paul switch-room Mulberry St.

    Maxine hope your there at the next telephone office, you sure brought love joy to

    everyone all thru the building. Never will ever forget the loving smile !!!! You always

    made me smile with your words of caring!

    Paul

  • Grandma,

    The world is a less joyful, loving, caring, kind, and funny place now that you’ve left us. You were a wonderful grandma. You had the warmest heart, the biggest smile, and the most fun-loving, positive attitude of anyone I’ve ever known. You brightened any room you walked into, and lightened the mood of anyone you encountered. Your zany, self-deprecating, and occasionally saucy sense of humor was a delight and made everyone laugh along with you. Even now, thinking about you, the first thing to come to mind is the sound of your beautiful and infectious laughter. You embraced anyone, and loved unconditionally and without judgment. I admired your great strength of character, and your determination to live life to its fullest, through good times and bad, through sadness and joy, and to spread happiness and love to all who knew you. You are deeply loved and will be missed terribly, but I’m glad you’re now at peace.

    Love,
    Chris

  • I was lucky to know Maxine, and will always be grateful for her kindness. From the day I met her, she welcomed me with open arms, humor, and love. I knows Chris will miss her always, and so will I. Sending warm thoughts to all who knew and cherished her for the wonderful, sweet lady that she was.

  • Aunt Maxine, a true Joy! She always made me feel special. Maybe because she was special. An exceptional human being. Love Jim and Jackie.

  • Cliff and family, I just want to say what a sweet, fun loving neighbor Maxine was and I feel so honored to know her and Cliff. Loved going across the street to visit them and take them some Wendy’s chili which they liked. I am going to miss her smile and laugh as they were always so welcoming . She always had such beautiful roses and I loved watching her baby her flowers as I do the same. Rest in Peace Maxine and be proud of you and Cliffs children who were so wonderful to look after you every day. That speaks volumes. Love and miss you neighbor.

  • My mother may have had regrets about attending college, but what she may not have realized is that she had a PhD in Emotional and Spiritual intelligence. She had a highly developed sense of empathy. She could feel and take on the pain of others – to a fault sometimes. She always had the ability to walk in the other person’s shoes, so to speak. Several times in her life, she had opportunities to complain, to despair, to develop an attitude, to give up. She declined those opportunities. She did not focus on herself, she focused on others. She focused on bringing love, joy and happiness to others. Acts of kindness and thoughtfulness. Words of encouragement. A phone call just to see how you were doing. A bouquet of flowers. Some hot potato soup. A plate full of brownies. Sharing what she had, loving and caring for others was her greatest joy. She radiated Joy. She loved life… she had a great curiosity and appreciation for life that never abated. I remember her telling me several times growing up: “Isn’t it a miracle that we are here, now, alive on this beautiful planet? Look at the sky and feel the warmth of the sun.. Look at the trees, the flowers, the birds and all the different animals.. Isn’t it amazing? Appreciate every day is a gift from God.” She cheerfully abided by that her entire life.

    My mother’s faith was central to her life. Yet, her faith was not a faith of superiority or disapproval, she practiced a faith of forgiveness, inclusion and reconciliation. Hers is a faith that doesn’t need to be propped up or protected, it is a faith built on a strong foundation. Her faith wasn’t fearful of the world, but met the world with open arms. She was not smug or sanctimonious, she had little interest in dogma or being a Culture Warrior. She didn’t need to signal her virtue, she just lived it.

    For almost 30 years, my mom had subscribed to and gifted me a subscription also to the Daily Word devotional published by Unity Church. She was introduced to Unity by one of her sister-in-law’s and thought it was a “good fit” for me based on our conversations about our beliefs. She said she liked the idea that we would get up each morning and read the same devotion. That meant the world to me – that she would embrace such a wide view of spirituality as to take into consideration my beliefs and encourage me on my own path. That says it all about her approach to life and belief.

    There were few things mom disliked in life.. One was negative people or “Downers” as she called them. Another thing was conflict. It hurt her to witness or hear of conflict between people she loved.

    Many people have asked: “Is there anything I can do for you and your family?”
    I would say this..
    Appreciate each day. Be grateful for what you have. Put yourself in the other’s shoes – you really don’t know what others have been through or are going through. Practice forgiveness. Smile. Strive for understanding. Focus on the things you have in common with others instead of focusing on the differences you have with others. Do something nice for someone. And most of all, be kind to each other.

  • Aunt Maxine. When we think of you laughter and happiness is what comes to mind. You yourself loving life and bringing love, life and laughter to all of the rest of us. Thank you for the pontoon boat rides when we came back in town.
    Love,
    Mark, Laurie, JudithAnne, Genia, Abby & Thomas Purdy

  • Dear Aunt Maxine,

    We will miss your beautiful smile, joyful attitude, love-filled presence, and affinity for laughter and belonging together. Thank you for your witness to living life so well. You will be missed here by all of us who had the privilege to know you, but we are assured that you enjoying all that Heaven has to offer! May you rest in eternal peace.

    Love,
    Matt, Autumn, Mariah, Cassius, Lydia, and Jude

  • Dear, sweet Aunt Maxine was a lovely woman inside and out; a tremendous influence on so many lives. She was always so kind to me and my siblings. I have so many fond memories of our times together. I will never forget how much my she she went out of her way to love my mom and how my mom loved her. Such a great sister.
    I know everyone will miss her so much. I pray you will find peace in knowing she is hanging out with her savior now and joy in recalling all the memories she has left us.

  • I am so sorry for the loss of Maxine. I used to love talking to her at Taco Bell. Maxine and my dad were cousins, so I got to visit with her at many family events. She was always so fun to talk to. Such a fun lady. My mom always had lunch for our family on Sundays. Maxine always joked that one day she was going to stop in and eat with us. We tried to get her to do that, but unfortunately it never happened. We would have loved it. Prayers and blessings to all who knew and loved Maxine. She will be truly missed.
    Much love,
    Susie (Tinkey) Cole

  • I had honor of calling this most amazing and loving woman Aunt Maxine. I will always cherish my memories of her, her laughter and her smile that would light up a room.
    I’m so sorry I can’t be there. My deepest condolences.
    Much love to all,
    Mark

  • “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

    Until we meet again on the Day of our Lord……