Ruth Jolene Maxson

January 21, 1945April 22, 2021

Longtime Craig resident, Jody Maxson, died peacefully on April 22, 2021, at her home in Craig. She was 76. Jody was born the daughter of Joseph and Pauline (Skinner) McPhail on January 21, 1945 in Ashland, Kansas where she spent her early childhood. Later, Jody and her family moved to Rangely, Colorado where she attended school and graduated in 1963.

Following high school, Jody furthered her education where she studied cosmetology and while attending cosmetology school, Jody met the love of her life, Michael Lyle Maxson. After a short, seven-month courtship, Mike proposed to Jody and were subsequently married September 17, 1966, in Rangely. Following their marriage, Mike and Jody relocated to Craig and had three sons; Devon, Aaron, and Jason. Mike and Jody celebrated 43 wonderful years of marriage together before Mike’s passing on April 6, 2010. After receiving her cosmetology license in 1967, Jody’s dream of opening a beauty salon come to fruition. Her successful business; “Pretty Foxy Beauty Bar” became a staple of the Craig Community serving clients for over 30 years which most had become lifelong friends. When Jody’s grandchildren were born she decided to retire to focus on family and spend time with them.

In her spare time, Jody enjoyed conversing with friends, gardening, taking her dogs for walks, doing crossword puzzles, and watching Denver Broncos football. Above all, Jody was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and caring friend. Jody is survived by two sons, Aaron Maxson of Fisherville, KY and Jason (Nikkole) Maxson of Savery, WY. She also has two brothers and one sister; Jim (Joyce) McPhail of Page, AZ; Tony (Vicki) McPhail of Grand Junction, CO; and Traci (Dale) Files of Rangely CO. Jody is further survived by three grandchildren: Caleb, Seth and Jori Maxson; one brother-in-law, Richard “Dick” Maxson of Craig and her beloved dog Jake. She also has numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Jody’s memory to the Moffat County Humane Society. A celebration of life for Jody will be held at a later date.


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Robert Gaila Bell

April 29, 2021

Young Jodi and I worked together in my aunts Dairy Queen. We spent a lot of time laughing until we cried.

Jodi’s fiancé would come by the Dairy Queen and Jodi would make him the biggest banana split I’ve ever seen. She was madly in love with her soon to be husband.

I bet a beautiful reunion is taking place in heaven and I can only imagine the laughing between mother and daughter. To know Paulene was to know Jodi. Those two kept the world a laughing

Hugs and prayers to family. Sure glad I knew this beautiful laughing wild woman. Rest In Peace

Vasilios Emmanuel Glimidakis

April 29, 2021

Dear Maxson and other families,
I am sorry for your loss. May her memory be eternal! Rest easy, dear soul. God bless her and her family.

Vicky Pfennig

April 28, 2021

Jody was a great lady, she used to do my mother's hair and she had a great sense of humor and made us laugh. Thank you Jody for always being yourself and caring for everyone. You will be missed.

Shirley Sinclair

April 28, 2021

Oh she was a good friend now and through high school. I would even go to Craig to have her do my hair. We did go to beauty school today in grand junction. She will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Jodi girl