OBITUARY

Louise Lavender Maxwell

October 11, 1924June 10, 2021

Edna Louise Lavender Maxwell died peacefully at her home in Macon, GA on June 10, 2021. She was born in Jackson County on October 11, 1924 to the late John Livingston Lavender & Edna May Day Lavender. Louise grew up in Jefferson, Georgia and was an honor graduate of the Martin Institute. She received a BS degree from the University of Georgia in Home Economics and a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in biology from Georgia College and State University.

After graduation from the University of Georgia, Louise was employed initially by the University of Georgia Extension Service as a home economist. She then spent 28 years as a public-school teacher in various schools in Georgia. Louise has lived in Macon, GA since 1958, when her husband accepted the position as the University of Georgia Bibb County Extension Agent. Her first years in Bibb County were a joy, teaching 7th graders at John W. Burke Elementary School. Her last 20 years in Bibb County, Louise enjoyed teaching biology at Lasseter/Northeast High School. She loved teaching her students and was happiest when she had her students "with no interruptions!"

Louise was a member of Vineville United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher in the junior high department, on the UMW board, and as a member and past leader of Night Outreach Circle. She was an active member and past president of Macon Civic Woman's Club, Inc., Northwoods Garden Club, and the Macon Exchangettes. She was a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron National honorary fraternity and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, promoting excellence in education.

Louise was pre-deceased by her husband of 60 years, Dewey Lee Maxwell; three brothers; Marvin Lavender, Herschel Lavender, and James Lavender, and two sisters; Martha Beth Lavender Holland and Clara Nell Lavender Jackson.

Louise is survived by her son, Jon Phillip Maxwell (Mary Ann) of Athens, GA; and her daughter, Libby Maxwell Penn (Richard) of Macon, GA; six grandchildren; Jon Maxwell of Athens, GA; Brian Maxwell (Amanda) of Jefferson, GA; Cassie Maxwell Kitchen of Colbert, GA; Maxwell Penn of Savannah, GA; Chandler Penn of Macon, GA and Lawson Penn (Cierra) of Macon, GA. Louise has three great-granddaughters; Mia Faith Hilley, Eleanor Louise Maxwell, and Porter Livingston Penn, and her sister-in-law, Aileen Lavender of Gadsden, Alabama and many cherished nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Louise's caregivers who have provided love and compassionate care during her recent months of declining health. Leila Smith, Ambria Burkes, Shanetta Jones, Stacy Pitts, and Brittany McBride have been Louise's angels on a daily basis.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial gifts to Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 or the Lavender Family Scholarship Fund, with checks payable to the UGA Foundation and sent to Gift Accounting, UGA Foundation, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, or you may visit gail.uga.edu/commit (select: College of Family & Consumer Sciences from the first drop down and Lavender Legacy Scholarship Endowment from the second drop down), or to the donor's favorite charity.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Vineville United Methodist Church at 12 Noon, on Monday, June 14th, 2021. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, North Gate. A Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Snow's Memorial Chapel, Bass Road.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences.

Snow's Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • John Livingston Lavender, Father (deceased)
  • Edna May Day Lavender, Mother (deceased)
  • Dewey Lee Maxwell, Husband (deceased)
  • Marvin Lavender, Brother (deceased)
  • Herschel Lavender, Brother (deceased)
  • James Lavender, Brother (deceased)
  • Martha Beth Lavender Holland, Sister (deceased)
  • Clara Nell Lavender Jackson, Sister (deceased)
  • Jon Phillip Maxwell (Mary Ann), Son
  • Libby Maxwell Penn (Richard), Daughter
  • Jon Maxwell, Grandson
  • Brian Maxwell (Amanda), Grandson
  • Cassie Maxwell Kitchen, Granddaughter
  • Maxwell Penn, Grandson
  • Chandler Penn, Grandson
  • Lawson Penn (Cierra), Grandson
  • Mia Faith Hilley, Great Granddaughter
  • Eleanor Louise Maxwell, Great Granddaughter
  • Porter Livingston Penn, Great Granddaughter
  • Aileen Lavender, Sister In Law
  • Many cherished nieces and nephews

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, June 14, 2021

Memories

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Mary Cook

June 14, 2021

She was such a good teacher at Lassiter!She always wanted to make sure we understood the science lesson!My prayers are with the family.

Lee Robinson

June 14, 2021

I was at Burke when Mrs Maxwell was there, she wasn’t my seventh grade teacher but she signed my autograph book that was given to us when we finished the seventh grade, and she signed in mine, “Hitch Your Wagon to a Star” I thought that was a very encouraging word for me and it has stuck with me through the years. I was able to see and her daughter at the Burke Reunion and it meant the world to me. She will be missed

Al Hainse

June 14, 2021

Although we did not have the honor to personally know Mrs. Louise Maxwell, we did know one of her grandson's, Chandler Penn. We knew that Mrs. Maxwell had a profound influence on Chandler's life. We who worked with Chandler everyday are eternally grateful for that fact. We extend our sincere condolences to Chandler and his entire family on their loss. We pray that God's strength and His peace be with you all today and in the days ahead.

Sincerely,
The men and women of WR-ALC/OMD
April Baker
Bryan Braud
Scott Breeze
John Eubanks
Jeff Gulledge
Al Hainse
Glen Haisten
Sam Jones
Mark Lippert
Diana Lobzun
Kendrix Koonce
Russ Spivey
Courtney Watts

Edna Mory

June 13, 2021

I remember fondly visiting my Aunt Louise’s house in Macon. There was one winter when we were visiting and we got snowed in! It was a big winter storm, and the power went out! We all stayed huddled around their fireplace in the den and then all had to tear ourselves away to go to bed in the cold bedrooms that were without heat. But we had plenty of warm blankets! For me, as a child, that was a fond memory, as it was a grand adventure! We had hot chocolate in abundance! And of course with my Aunt Louise and Uncle Maxwell, there was a lot of love ❤️!

I will really miss my Aunt Louise because she is the last in the Lavender family of brothers and sisters to our own mother, Martha Beth Lavender Holland. All of the Lavender family siblings will be missed, along with our own parents. I wish God’s blessing upon dear Aunt Louise. Also, I just found out here today that Aunt Louise had my name, Edna. I had not known that! We were named after their mother. Now I feel an extra special connection to her!

Melvin Bishop

June 13, 2021

We will see Louise Maxwell again in Heaven !!!

Connie Styons

June 12, 2021

Mrs Maxwell taught me in her biology class at H.S. Lassiter High School. I enjoyed her class and it was a good foundation for my career in nursing.

Melinda Tucker

June 12, 2021

One of my favorite teachers. Had her for biology in 10th grade. She helped me to get a job working for Mr. Maxwell at the County Agent’s office. She was so kind to all of her students.

Sue power

June 12, 2021

Lassiter High school, a positive influence in my life!!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY