OBITUARY

Donnie Frank Maxwell

June 11, 1944April 1, 2021
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Donnie (Don) Frank Maxwell, 76, of The Woodlands, Texas, passed away on April 1, 2021. He was born in Dallas, Texas on June 11, 1944. Don graduated from South Oak Cliff High School.

He married the love of his life Cathleen (Blanchard) Maxwell on January 22, 1964. Don worked as a sales manager for Frito Lay.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Lee Maxwell and Juanita Hale; brother, Larry Maxwell; and sister, Donna Mize.

Don is survived by wife, Cathleen Maxwell; son, Carl Maxwell; daughter-in-law, Jodi Maxwell; grandchildren, Kayla Boster, Taylor Maxwell, and Bailey Maxwell; brothers, Phillip Maxwell, Robert Vaughn, and Donald Vaughn.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, April 6, 2021 at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home & Cemetery.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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Sheri Staton

April 8, 2021

" When someone becomes a memory,
the memory becomes a treasure".

Conversations that we had during all of our family gatherings is something that I will always treasure.

Thanksgiving football games, looking over the newspaper ads and our Christmas Eve ritual spent with you and Kathy.
Good times and great memories.

To Kathy and Carl,
May time heal the sadness that you feel with Don's passing. During these tough times, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bailey Maxwell

April 8, 2021

I only got to spend 15 years with you by my side. Though it will never be enough, I am extremely grateful for the memories I did get to make with you. One of my most prominent is when we would sneak away to look at your vinyl record collection. As a little girl, I didn’t exactly understand what they were. What I did understand, was how fond you were of them. As we flipped through the collection your eyes would light up at your favorites like Elvis and The Beatles and you would always laugh a little when Brother Dave Gardners smiling cover came up. No matter how old I got, you would tell me I was still “a little too young” for his humor. You had a passion for not only music but how it made people feel. You passed this on to me at a young age and it’s a piece of you I can carry with me and cherish forever. I thank you for this endlessly, and promise to love you forever. - Bailey

Taylor Maxwell

April 8, 2021

I miss you more than words can describe. I am beyond grateful for the years of laughter, love, and support we shared. I wish we had more time but find comfort knowing this isn’t goodbye forever. You will always hold a special place in my heart and I will cherish every memory we made together dearly.
I love you Granddaddy ❤️

Taylor Maxwell

April 8, 2021

Picking my favorite memory with Granddaddy is a difficult task because I have so many wonderful times in mind. From watching the Brady Bunch in his office as a child, to Christmas brunches and Outback dinners. I remember listening to him talk so proudly about his different records and memories associated. He loved the greats like Elvis and The Beatles. Granddad had lots of stories and sentimental items. One in specific is his Star Sapphire Ring. Growing up I was so amazed by that ring, I always wanted to see and wear it. He noticed this and gave me one of my very own! His love and thoughtfulness was always evident.

On top of all the memories came the life lessons and wisdom he shared. Granddad always set the perfect example in every aspect of life. He taught me to always follow my dreams and never give up on them. I remember when I told him I wanted to attend Baylor University he was so excited. He started saving all the Baylor Magazine’s from his mail and made sure to get them to me. He never stopped supporting me over the years. His smile at my nurse pinning ceremony shows it all. Now as a Baylor alumni I receive those same magazines. I am so thankful and can say without a doubt I would not be where I am today without his and Grandma Kathy’s love. I pray I can continue to make him proud and live my life in the example he set.

Kathy Maxwell

April 8, 2021

You have been the love of my life. Our love story began 60 years ago. I have always loved you and I always will. I was just 14 when we met. We married young, but you promised my mother you would always take care of me and you always have.

We were blessed with one very special son who we have loved so much. You spoke of how proud you were of him as a child and as the man he has become. He gave us Jodi, Kayla, Taylor and Bailey also, who you loved more than they may ever know. Your family meant so much to you.

Our 60 years together leave me with so many wonderful memories which will always be in my heart. God knew you were the one for me and I am so grateful. He has called you home, and I know you are with him.

Thank you for a wonderful life, for supporting me, respecting me and loving me unconditionally. You truly were the wind beneath my wings. I love you and miss you, but I know I will see you again in heaven. Rest in the arms of God.

Ann Staton

April 7, 2021

Don, Kathy, and I have had the pleasure of watching Carl and Jodi create a wonderful life together and have shared the joy of watching Kayla, Taylor, and Bailey grow up. As a family, we have created many wonderful memories throughout the years.

As with parenting, a grandparent’s role doesn’t come with a job description. We have been blessed with three beautiful granddaughters and I know that Don would agree when I say a grandparent’s love knows no boundaries.

Don will be truly missed. There’s a saying that goes “Life without friends is like a garden without flowers.” Don was not only family but a friend.

We are all blessed to have been a part of his life and to have the assurance that we will one day meet again.

- Gramma Ann

Kayla Boster - Part 1

April 7, 2021

Hi Grandad,

It’s been about 2 hours since I received the news that you moved on to a better place. We’re all still trying to process the idea of losing you and trying to figure out how to cope in our own special way.

While there’s nothing that I can say in this letter to make losing you any less difficult I wanted to make sure you have a little piece of me to take with you to heaven. <3

You have given me so many wonderful memories to cherish forever and for that I am incredibly grateful.

Growing up, sleepovers at y’all’s house were always something we would look forward to! I remember one of the first things I would always do upon arrival was ask for a glass of juice. Why you ask? Because something about picking from one of the MANY different Disney character cups you and Grandma Kathy had instilled an excitement in me that I will never forget. I’m almost certain y’all had an entire cabinet dedicated just to Disney cups for us to choose from and I was 100% on board for it.

One of my favorite childhood memories is when we would play with the cabbage patch dolls together. After the perfect Disney cup was chosen and the juice was poured, I’d make my next move to reunite with my cabbage patch dolls. I remember it like it was yesterday. Down the hall, to the guest room, in the nightstand (bottom drawer to be specific), usually wrapped up in their blankets from the last time I was there so they wouldn’t get cold or feel abandoned. I’d instantly transition into the “mommy” role and would start to bring them to the living room where you would be waiting in your chair and grandma Kathy would be right behind me picking up all of the clothing and accessories I had dropped along the way.

Kayla Boster - Part 2

April 7, 2021

Another childhood memory that I will never forget is tracking Santa on the computer with you every Christmas eve. It’s funny how every year when we would hit our second wind or would want to play the piano that it would suddenly be time to “track” Santa to see where he was and how fast he was moving. In fact, there was one time he was “flying” over Texas when we looked and I remember saying a prayer to please not skip our house and that I promised to share my presents with Taylor if he didn’t pass us. I then pretended to be asleep in the car on the way home just in case a prayer wouldn’t cut it.

Also, as a side note…if someone were to ask me today if I ever played a musical instrument growing up, I’d answer yes simply based on the fact that I ALMOST mastered “heart and soul” on the piano after who knows how many years.

Those are just a few of the many memories we will always share together but at the end of the day you have given me even more to be thankful for.

Thank you for being my grandad. Thank you for being a part of my life and thank you for always being there to support us. Thank you for how you helped to mold our lives. Thank you for being an example of a life well lived. Thank you for teaching us the value of working hard and never giving up no matter how difficulty life can get.

Thank you for taking care of and loving Grandma Kathy every day for the last 60 years. You and Grandma Kathy have had the most amazing love and you have been a great example of what love means. You loved Grandma Kathy until the end like no one else could. You showed me how a man should treat me by the way you treated Grandma Kathy. You even showed your endless love to us grandchildren. Even though we were sometimes annoying and a pain you always opened your arms right up for us no matter how old we were. Thank you for that.

Kayla Boster - Part 3

April 7, 2021

Lastly, I want to thank you for being an incredible father and raising the dad of my dreams. I don’t know what I’d do without him. While there’s no doubt I have put him through hell from time to time (just as he did to you according to the stories I’ve heard) at the end of the day I know he will always be there for me no matter what and I’ve got you and Grandma Kathy to thank for that.

My last memories of you at our wedding make my heart full. You looked so incredibly happy and we even got some pictures of you bustin’ a move on the dance floor with Grandma Kathy!

Before you go, I want you to know that your memory and the legacy you left behind will continue on. Even though we may not be able to talk to you or hug you, we know that you will always be watching over us.

I can’t imagine life without you, but I know you want me to continue to live, love, and embrace life. I feel grateful to be your granddaughter and will miss you more than you know.

Forever your loving grandchild,
Kayla

Carl Maxwell

April 7, 2021

My father taught me so many things over the years and is still teaching me to this day. At a very young age, he taught me the importance of competing. Not against others, but against accepting less than my best effort. He taught me how to build relationships and that the true meaning of success is serving & supporting others to achieve their own successes. He taught me how to persevere when the path seemed too difficult to follow. He taught me the importance of love by sharing his secrets for a successful relationship and marriage with my mom. He taught me how to be a good father by following in his steps. Today, he is teaching me the importance of faith and how to lean on God to carry us through this difficult time.
My father remained a humble man his entire life regardless of all his successes. He loved his family and also was there to listen, guide and help when his wisdom was needed. Those that knew him say he was a second father, good man, mentor, coach, friend etc. Those that didn’t have a chance to meet my father will through the eyes, lives and actions of all those he touched in life.
Love you Dad