Dorothy V. Maxwell

March 17, 1917March 9, 2021

Long time Yorktown, Indiana resident, Dorothy Maxwell, born Saturday, March 17th, 1917, passed away peacefully at her home in Florida surrounded by family on March 9th, 2021, just days before turning 104 years old. (Picture posted was taken just days before she passed).

Born Dorothy Virginia Drumm in Newark, Ohio, Dorothy married her first husband, Jim Chism and they moved to Muncie, Indiana where their daughter Peggy was born. Dorothy worked at Goodyear for ten years and was later employed by The Flamingo. After marrying her 2nd husband, Norm Maxwell, Dorothy had three babies in her 40’s while working full time and caring for her elderly mother. They moved their young family and grandmother to Yorktown where they opened and operated Maxwell’s Café for twenty-five years. In her mid-70’s, Dorothy “retired” to Florida where she lived with her daughter, Tammy and helped raise her beloved grandson, Tyler.

It should be noted that Dorothy took care of her elderly mother, Florence, until her death at age 92. It is only fitting that in her later years Dorothy would be lovingly taken care of by her own daughter, Tammy and grandson, Tyler.

By all who knew her, it would be said that Dorothy was a classic, ageless beauty. Fiercely independent, fun-loving, compassionate, trust-worthy, and loyal…she LOVED LIFE and appreciated every minute of it. She was deeply loved by her family and will be forever missed.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Peggy (& Paul) Williams, Tammy, (& Ron) Siloksi, Shelly Maxwell (& Rich Olson), Shane Maxwell; step-son, Steve Maxwell; along with her grandkids, Gary Hartley, Cyndi (& Mike) Girdler, Paula (& Scott) Stansberry, Tyler Siloski, Maxwell & Madison Olson; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Florence & Ernest Drumm; ten siblings; two husbands; a beloved grandson, Mike Hartley; and great-grandson, Jason Smitley.

The family will be hosting a celebration of life at a later date and asked that in lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be sent to the Yorktown Historical Alliance, P.O. Box 356, Yorktown, Indiana 47396.

Elm Ridge Funeral Home has been entrusted with her arrangements.

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Dorothy V. Maxwell

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Bernita Poutney

April 4, 2021

A long life well lived.
A love given without ties.
A history left to pass forward.
A truthful soul with no lies.

A legacy unbound by doubt.
A family faithful to the end.
A warm and precious memory.
A hole we can never mend.

Bernita (a niece to Dorothy )

bobi goodpaster

April 4, 2021

I actually bought that lil cafe from Tammie, dorothy was the best employee! She loved that cafe! She also became my best friend, she will be missed, for she was a classy lady all around! Fly high my friend!

Cathy Shadle Rothenberger

April 1, 2021

I am 72. I worked for Dorothy in 1965-66 at her restaurant in Yorktown as part of my senior year work program. She was kind to me and made me feel very much a part of her workplace. I attended Yorktown High School until 11:10, then walked uptown to the restaurant and worked until 2:50 and then ran back down to the school to catch my bus home. My mother was a good cook and so was Dorothy. Dorothy taught me how to make delicious gravy. Everyone thanks you for that Dorothy. I was dating my husband now, boyfriend then. We still mention her name in circles when someone comments on my good gravy. Thank you Dorothy.