A memorial service for long-time Findlay resident Maxine Louise Cole will be 2 p.m. today, April 23, 2013, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay. A reception will take place in her honor at Findlay Country Club following her graveside service.
Maxine passed away quietly and at peace Friday, April 19, 2013, at her residence in Charlotte, N.C. She was 94 years old.
Maxine was born June 20, 1918, in Findlay. She was married to Ivan Cole for 65 years before he passed away in 2011.
With the exception of two years in college in Salt Lake City, Utah, she lived her entire life in Findlay, until moving to Charlotte in 2007. Maxine was an active member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Findlay, where she attended Sunday school class and sang in the choir for 75 years. Grounded in music, one of the highlights of her life was singing at the Mormon Tabernacle with her sister, Dorothy Harpst, accompanied by their mother, Gertrude Buffington on the piano.
Maxine worked for many years at Fred Phillips Realty and volunteered at the TWIGS organization of Blanchard Valley Hospital. She also worked as a regular volunteer at her election precinct and participated in many activities related to St. Andrews Methodist Church Charities. Always one to think first of others, Maxine always opened her home and heart to those in need of a loving gesture.
Maxine is survived by two sons, Randall Ivan Cole of McLean, Va., and Douglas Alan Cole of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; a daughter, Julie Ann Cole of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Gertrude Buffington; her sister, Dorothy Harpst; and her brother, Glen Buffington.