Mary Isabelle Maxwell, 89, of Star City, passed away on May 31, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
She was born on May 18, 1930 in Meroney, Arkansas. She was the daughter of the late Willie B. and Martha Ann Harrell Maxwell.
Mary, the sixth of nine children, grew up in a Christian home where Christian values were instilled in her as a young child. At an early age she professed her love for Jesus Christ and accepted Him as her personal Savior. Mary joined Person Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Star City where she was the church secretary. At one time, she was a member of Holy Assembly Church in God in Christ in Dumas where she was a choir member and taught Sunday school and Bible Class. She was a member of the International House of Prayer in Pine Bluff. Throughout the years, she sang in various choirs.
Mary grew up on a farm, where she worked hard chopping and picking cotton, milking cows, and doing various other farm and household chores. She began her education at Person Bridge Public School in a one room schoolhouse. Later, the schools merged and she graduated from Lincoln High School in Star City. After high school, Mary attended AM&N College in Pine Bluff where she received her B.S. degree. She worked in the public schools at Snow Lake and Elaine as an elementary school teacher. Mary was also a beautician and helped many people with their children, working at several daycare centers. She was also a loving caretaker for several nieces. She loved to cook, quilt, can and garden.
Besides her parents, Mary was preceded in death by four brothers, Willie Lee Maxwell, E.J. Maxwell, Robert Maxwell and Henry Maxwell; and two sisters, Annie Mae (Clarence) Maxwell Parker and Jettie Ree Maxwell.
Survivors include two sisters, her twin, Martha Maxwell, and Jerlene Maxwell, both of Star City; and many nieces, nephews, friends and other family.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at St. Ollie Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Pernell Maxwell officiating. Visitation is Friday, June 7 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Home in Star City. Burial will be at Campground Cemetery in Drew County.