February 12, 1927 – November 16, 2020
A service celebrating and honoring the life of Maxine Smith, 93, will be held Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 11:00AM at Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home 5005 S.E. 29th Dell City, OK, with Joe Wallace officiating. Mildred Maxine Ewing was the third of four daughters born to Russell B. Ewing Jr. and Mary Ida (Patterson) Ewing on February 12, 1927 in Warsaw, Illinois and went to be with her Lord Jesus on November 16, 2020 in Enid, Oklahoma. Between 1927 and 1930 the Ewing family moved to Oklahoma to live on the Patterson family farm site in Roger Mills County near Grimes, Oklahoma. Growing up on the family farm, Maxine got to spend a lot of time with her grandmother, Nancy, and mom Ida, who instilled in her the same deep faith and strong family values that they shared. As a teenaged girl, Maxine made her profession of faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized in a creek near their home. On March 23, 1948 Maxine was joined in marriage to Joseph William Ray in Cheyenne, Oklahoma and to that marriage was born four children: Jim, Mary, Joe, and Patty. After the death of her husband in 1957, in Dallas Texas, Maxine moved with her four small children to Sayre, Oklahoma to be near family. There, with God’s help, she raised her children. Maxine and her family were faithful members of the Sayre Church of Christ where all four children were baptized. Maxine was a hard worker who did not mind taking on two or three jobs at a time to provide for her family. She took each job seriously but, to her, the most important job was always the welfare of her children. One of the greatest provisions she made for her children was a life well lived. A life of love and service to others. Devoted to her faith and church family, she was always willing and ready to assist in the needs of others whether it was to make her famous homemade dinner rolls or an Impossible pie or some kind of cobbler for a particular occasion; or just to sit with someone who was ill, Maxine was always ready to serve. After raising her children Maxine moved to Midwest City, Oklahoma in 1975. In 1977 she married Freddie Ellis Smith at their church, South Central Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, OK. Freddie and Max shared a common faith and loved each other deeply. They spent eleven wonderful years together until Freddie’s passing on October 31, 1988. In 1994, Maxine moved to Tulsa to be near her son Jim and daughters Mary and Patty. In January 2020, she moved again to Enid, OK near her son Joe. Maxine is survived by her children Jim and Debbie Ray of Tulsa, OK, Mary and Billy Pope of Tulsa, OK, Joe and Patti Ray of Enid, OK and Patty and Dan Collins of Cleveland, OK, thirteen grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 12 great, great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her three sisters, Beatrice Grunewald, Loretta Walker, and Clara Mae Bryan.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Burial Following Service
Thursday, November 19, 2020
November 19, 2020
Aunt Maxine, what a wonderful, strong woman with such a sweet spirit. I can't ever remember her without a smile on her face. She was such an amazing christian influence on our whole family. She will be missed but her legacy will live on.