Maxine Doris Hazelwood Mays, 95, of Dayton, Ohio, passed October 31, 2020. Maxine was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to William Lee Hazelwood and Viola E. Montgomery Hazelwood on March 2, 1925. After the death of her mother, her father married Mattie Barton. Maxine married Thomas Henry Mays, Jr. To this union they had 4 children Thomas Mays III (Tommy), Ronald (Ronnie), Bonnie Sue, and Constance (Connie). Maxine worked for Montgomery County Sanitary Engineering Department and Dayton Urban League. Maxine Mays accepted Christ as a member of Zion Baptist Church and went on to be a missionary and devoted member of Believers Christian Fellowship Church under the leadership of Dr. Reverend William E. Harris, Jr., whom she adored. Maxine was a phenomenal woman in her church and community.
Maxine is preceded in death by her husband Thomas H. Mays, Jr., son Ronald Mays, father William Hazelwood, mother Viola Montgomery Hazelwood, step-mother Mattie Barton Hazelwood, brothers Charles Hazelwood and Leonard Barton, and sister Geraldine Stevens, brothers-in-law Lawson Mays and Guthrie Stevens, sisters-in-law Susan Beal, Earlene Mays, Lyra Howard, and Laurabelle Barton.
She is survived by son Thomas H. Mays, III, Bonnie Sue Cropper, and Constance (Connie) Harris with whom she lived and took awesome care of her. Special niece (daughter) Mattie Howard and bonus daughter Estelle Fritz. Honorary daughter Karen Lenhart, bonus sons Michael Beal and Barry Stiles, Sr. 7 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 27 great great grandchildren. Prayer partner and best friend Reverend Maple McDaniel. A host of nephews, nieces, extended family, close neighbors, church members, and friends.
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