Maxene R Jones

July 10, 1929July 13, 2020

Edna Maxene Richins Jones, age 91, of Mesa, Arizona passed away on Monday, July 13, 2020. Maxene was born in Virden, New Mexico on Monday, July 10, 1929 to Orson James Richins and Edna Richardson Richins. Maxene is survived by; sons Lloyd R. Jones, O. Wayde Jones and Phylip L. Jones; daughters Gayle Ethington-O'Dell and Marilyn McEntire; brother Dean Richins; as well as 27 grandchildren and 64 great grandchildren.

Maxene was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter and nine siblings.

Maxene graduated from Gila Valley Academy (now Eastern Arizona College) with an associate degree. She loved spending time with each one of her family members. She made everyone feel welcome and loved. Maxene enjoyed cooking and baking, and everyone loved her famous frozen cookie dough balls & tapioca as well as other desserts. Maxene loved watching people and engaging in conversations with others. She welcomed family, friends and even strangers into her home.

She was an amazing hand stitch quilter and also loved to crochet. She made many gorgeous quilts and afghans and gave dozens and dozens to family and friends.

She loved growing roses and watching birds that came to visit in her yard. She had an extensive collection of dolls and loved John Wayne movies, but, when she was alone, she enjoyed watching sports! When she was young, she played volleyball and impressed Albert and his friends with her archery skills.

A visitation will be held Friday, July 31, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 4:50 PM at McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel located at 112 East Main Street, Safford, Arizona 85546. A funeral service will immediately follow at 5:00 PM.

Interment will be on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Virden Cemetery, Virden, New Mexico. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Jones family.

Due to the COVID-19 Restrictions, unfortunately, attendance is by invitation only. Services will be livestreamed through McDougal's Caldwell Funeral Chapel Facebook page at


  • Viewing

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


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Wendy Hintze

July 28, 2020

As sad as it is to say she is gone, I can imagine that she is having a wonderful reunion with her family members to the point of almost being envious! Like all the others of this family, she was a dear. Many of my "growing up" moments were with her and her family. She always welcomed me even though she had her own family to care for her. It was with her that I learned to stitch a quilt,---because we got to visit! And recipes! She had a way of making everything taste good and beautiful that I could never match. I am glad to have had her as my aunt. The one good thing now is that I see her in her daughters now, so it's as though she's not far away. Her legacy continues, thank goodness. Always beautiful: Aunt Maxine!!


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