Maycie Ruth Herrington

November 7, 1918May 24, 2016
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Maycie Herrington passed away into eternity after a long and fruitful life on May 24, 2016. She was born on November 7, 1918, in Raleigh, North Carolina to Dicie and Thomas Copeland. She lived in a small home with her seven brother and sisters and her parents. She attended Lucille Hunter School elementary school and graduated from Washington High School in 1936. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from St. Augustine’s College in 1940 and later obtained a Certificate of Social Work in 1968. She met and married Aaron Herrington on August 14, 1942. She and Aaron lived in Tuskegee, Alabama where Aaron served as a member of the Army Air Corp/ Tuskegee airmen. Their daughter, Ann was born there. After Aaron completed his service in the Army the couple moved to Long Beach, California and 12 years later their daughter Kay was born. Maycie went to work at the Bureau of Social Services and retired after 32 years of service. In her retirement, she continued to stay busy working with numerous community boards and associations. Her great love was attending Dodger baseball games, she had season tickets. She really enjoyed attending with her various family members who were always excited to take her to the games. Her husband Aaron died in 1995. At that time, information regarding the Tuskegee Airmen was starting to be recognized for their participation in World War II. She joined the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen and served as their Secretary. She was dedicated to getting the story of these brave men out to the general public. She was one of the world’s greatest grandmothers. She loved and cherished each of her grandchildren and played a huge part in each of their lives. She was also a great- grandma. She was a wife, mother, daughter, and friend to many in the community. She was a champion for those who couldn’t speak for themselves and a tireless advocate in fighting for their rights. She was preceded in death by her husband Aaron, her parents, Dicie and Thomas Copeland. Her brothers Clinton, Atlas, Thomas, Ruben, John Wesley and sisters, Josephine and Naomi. She is survived by two daughters, Ann Victoria Stewart and Kay Marie Anthony. Grandchildren Jakim Stewart, Jamal Stewart, Anika Stewart, Alia Anthony McGann and Aaron Anthony The family would like to express their thanks to the staff at Bixby Towers Assisted Living Home. They took exceptional care of Maycie during her time there. She was cared for with love and respect. The family would like to express their appreciation for everyone who has come to celebrate our mother’s life.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 31, 2016
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 1, 2016
  • Graveside Service Thursday, June 2, 2016

Maycie Ruth Herrington

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Shawn Herrington

February 25, 2017

While I didn't get to see you as often as I would have liked as a child, I did so enjoy the many times that I did spend with you and uncle Aaron. I miss you both but I know you, uncle Aaron and my parents are watching. Save a spot for me.

Love, your nephew

Shawn Herrington

charlie picker

February 10, 2017

My sympathies go out to Maycie's family...
Your mom and grandmom was such a sweet lady. We were neighbors for a few years in Long Beach.... she would always stop by and take my daughter Christina for her daily walks around the block. Her grandson Aaron and Christina would play together when Aaron was visiting.
Maycie came out to visit us when we moved to Virginia, We went down to North Carolina to pick her up... and also drove her back.
She flew up here to Seattle to visit us a few years later... I always enjoyed her company, she was fun, had a great sense of humor, and always helpful...
We miss you Maycie, but look forward to seeing you and your hubby Aaron again when we get to heaven..
Love ya Maycie... your a sweetheart..
Charlie, Keith and Christina

God Bless your family...

Randy Stricklin

June 6, 2016

Maycie was one of the bright lights who lit the paths for so many. I was privileged to have known her.

Kay Anthony

June 6, 2016

Miss you mom, but know that now your suffering is over. You were a mighty force on this earth, I'm sure you will be the same in heaven.

Lillie Dabai

June 5, 2016

Mrs. Herrington was a caring and beautiful person. She was always there to help others.

Daphne Ching-Jackson

May 27, 2016

K Marie and family: Maycie was bigger than life! When I first met her in the late-1980s she welcomed me with warmth, dignity and respect. I had so much respect for someone who would greet a stranger instantly with such genuine caring!I wanted to be like her! Throughout the years I would see her at events and she never changed...always very warm and happy to see me. Funny is another way she came across. You have all been blessed to have had her in your life for so long. Be all right that she is no longer in pain or suffering. Her transition is something she wanted and God has been waiting for her with open arms. My love and condolences to all of you at this difficult time.

Darlene Hitchens

May 27, 2016

May your precious memories sustain you and your family in this time of grief, RIP Ms. Herrington


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      Maycie Ruth Herrington was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. It would be accurate to say that this woman was an outstanding luminary and that her natural abilities served her well. She knew with certainty how she wanted to set priorities in all aspects of her life. She struck those who knew her as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what she expected from her day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. Maycie was a woman who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an organized and structured lifestyle. When this climate was absent, Maycie would set about immediately to create it.

      Maycie Ruth Herrington knew what she wanted from life and never hesitated in going after it. She could be characterized as a driven individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. Maycie was decisive and outspoken at times but was also positive and upbeat about most things. She was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes by default. If she saw that something needed to be done, she was always ready to step up and actualize, organize and implement a plan.