Maxine Steward, daughter of the late Bland Gradon and Gertie Bell Menley Dennington, was born in Essex, Missouri on June 4, 1925, and passed away at her home in Malden on March 1, 2014, at the age of 88 years, 8 months and 25 days.
She had lived in the Essex, Parma, Dexter and Poplar Bluff areas before moving to Malden. She was a member of the Harviell Church of Christ.
On November 21, 1945, she was married to Joe Ellis Steward in Piggott, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on July 15, 1985.
Surviving are three sons and spouses, Terry & Bobbie Steward of Adairsville, Georgia, Gary Don Steward of Farmington, Missouri, Randy & Kathy Steward of Essex; three daughters, Rachel Fay Loyd of Malden, Sheila & the late David Wilson of Rome, Georgia, Angela & Clinton Vannasdale of Malden; nineteen grandchildren; forty-six great grandchildren; three great great grandchilden; three sisters, Mary Wells and Ruth Tippen both of Puxico, June Patterson of Bethel Springs, Tennessee; and one brother, James Dennington of Malden. Other relatives and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Robert Dennington.
Visitations will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter.
Interment will be in the Gravel Hill Cemetery near Bloomfield, Missouri with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.