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Maxine Elizabeth (Garner) Maners

January 25, 1934January 11, 2021

Maxine Elizabeth Garner Maners, 86, of Trent Woods, went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 11, 2021. Maxine was born on January 25, 1934 in New Bern, North Carolina to the late Woodard and Carrie Garner.

Maxine was a graduate of New Bern High School. She loved to travel and spend time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a longtime member of Temple Baptist Church where she led a prayer group and many Sunday School classes.

She is survived by her husband, Robert, daughter, Cheryl Robbins (Leon) of Raleigh, son, Doug Maners (Pat), two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Victoria Maners of Wilmington, and many extended family members and friends. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by two sisters, Mabel Stilley and Maggie Meadows.

Maxine will be laid to rest at a private graveside service in Greenleaf Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to Temple Baptist Church, Craven County Hospice or a charity of your choice. In the care of Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.


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Maxine Elizabeth (Garner) Maners

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Will and Janet McGee

January 23, 2021

Dear Uncle Robert, Cheryl and Doug:

Will and I want you to know how sorry we are for the loss of our dear, precious Aunt Maxine. I have so many memories of her that I will always cherish but the one that stands out most in my mind is of one of the many times she and I hung out together on the screened porch, sometimes with my Mom and Dad but this time just her and I...

We were having one of our many conversations (some light-hearted and some serious) when all of a sudden she started talking to me about Lord Jesus Christ. I had not come to faith in Him yet. She had such a wonderful heart to share the Lord with others and she and Uncle Robert brought both Cheryl and Doug up in the knowledge of the Lord. It was obvious how much she loved Him by the way she spoke about Him. I listened and asked questions. Not too long after that, Cheryl and I had a conversation over the phone during which she led me to the Lord.

Thinking back on this, even though several people in my life had told me about the Lord prior to this, it never really "sunk in". He used Aunt Maxine to really prepare my heart and then Cheryl to lead me to Him. I am forever grateful for both Aunt Maxine's and Cheryl's faithfulness and obedience in sharing Lord Jesus with me.

Another thing I'll always remember about Aunt Maxine is that she was such a wonderful, fun-loving person. She always had a way of making people feel loved and welcome when in her presence.

Even though we miss Aunt Maxine so much, we are grateful to know that she is rejoicing to be in the presence of the Lord.

Praying for the Lord to surround you with His love and comfort...

With love,
Janet and Will McGee

Steve Meadows

January 19, 2021

Robert, Cheryl, and Doug,
We are so very sorry that our beloved Sister-In-Law and Aunt has left us. She was a loving presence in our family and a wonderful example of a truly Christian led life. Maxine will surely be missed.
We all take joy, however, in the knowledge that Maxine is now at peace and is being comforted by our Lord in his Heavenly House. We also know that Maxine is joyful as she is now reunited with her Mother & Father, Carrie and Woodard, as well as her Sisters, Mabel and Maggie.
Our memories of Maxine will be everlasting.
Who could forget Maxine, without any advance warning, stepping up on a restaurant’s sing along stage next to the piano player to belt out, in a strong and beautiful voice, many endearing songs from years past.
And then there was the time during Maxine’s and Robert’s visit to Colorado’s Pike’s Peak that she again began to sing, in a bold, proud voice, “America the Beautiful”, inspired, just as was the composer Katharine Lee Bates, by the views of and from this mountain.
During these occasions people would stop, turn, marvel and enjoy the moment as Maxine sang in such a stirring and beautiful voice.
Maxine was an inspiration to family and friends alike. She took joy in seeing the joy of others. She was also strong and determined as she provided loving help and guidance during difficulties and at times of loss.
Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We miss Maxine terribly, however, our love for her and our memories of her will never diminish.
Clifton D. Meadows & Family

Doug Maners

January 14, 2021

Maxine Maners was a beloved wife, mom, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was a light to each and every person that she came in contact with and radiated the message of Jesus wherever she went. A common theme that can be seen thoughout her life is love. She had an incredible heart for Jesus and displayed her love for Him in many ways. In her marriage to Robert Maners, she embodied love and commitment for over 60 years. They truly stood by each other in sickness and in health and their marriage will set an incredible example of what a godly marriage looks like for generations to come. As a mother to Doug and Cheryl, she and Robert made Christ the center of the household. She opened up their home for those in need
and served the Lord in her actions. Leading both her son and father to Christ, she truly embodied the concept of treating her life as a mission field. When Pat and Leon married into the family, Maxine welcomed them in with open arms and treated them as her own, once again displaying her heart for others. When her Granddaughters’ Elizabeth and Tori were born, she made them
feel so deeply loved and cared for. From attending countless dance recitals to staying up all night with them when they were sick, she became a role model that they could always look up to.
Maxine was a positive influence to everyone that she was around and made such an impact in the lives of those close to her. Whether it was through her constant prayer, cooking one of her
famous recipes, or by breaking into song in the middle of a restaurant, she truly radiated the love of Christ that was in her. Maxine embodied these characteristics and truly left a legacy
of Christ-like love that will last for generations to come. While she may no longer be with us on this earth, she is now in the loving presence of her Heavenly Father where she can experience the full extent of God’s infinite love. May this time be one of celebration of her time with us as she is now rejoicing in heaven . Tori M.

Tracy Black-Gentry

January 13, 2021

Mr. Maners, Cheryl and Doug,
My heart is sad for your loss but so happy that Maxine is fully restored and with her heavenly Father today. I have many fond memories of growing up and having Maxine and Mom carting us all over the place...lots of fun times at the beach together. She was one to keep the conversation flowing and urge you to get out of your comfort zone and one thing was for sure, you could always get an honest opinion from her. lol I appreciate the friendship she shared with Mom for so many years. Thoughts and prayers for you all as you journey on with out her daily presence. Tracy

Michael Fussell

January 13, 2021

Robert, Cheryl, and Doug. I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Maner's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. If not for Mrs. Maners I am not sure how my life would have turned out. She certainly helped guide me on the right path.