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My Aunt Maxine has died. She was a “bud.” I’ll miss her. A lot! (March 15, 2012. Somerset MI)

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Maxine Latimer

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ca 2010 Aunt Maxine visiting Frankie at my hotel in Paris. She was with Aunt Margaret, son Don and daughter-in-law Helen. All of us were in Paris for annual Gramma Hopkins Birthday reunion. (flefototo. Paris TN)

LATIMER, MAXINE; of Somerset, Michigan; passed away on March 15, 2012 at her home with her family by her side. She was born on February 9, 1918 in Henry County, Tennessee to Henry and Nelle (Hopkins) Sutton. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Latimer; and three brothers; and one sister. She was survived by five children, Gerald (May) Latimer of Taylor, MI, Don (Helen) Latimer of North Adams, MI, James (Lynn) Latimer of Flat Rock, MI, Pat (Natheen) Latimer of North Adams, MI, and Deborah (Paul) Fleissner of Brooklyn, MI; 17 grandchildren; several great and great great grandchildren; one sister Margaret Clayton of Paris, TN; and several nieces and nephews. Maxine enjoyed cooking, gardening, and fishing. She also loved spending time with her family. A Funeral Service to honor the life of Mrs. Maxine Latimer will be held at the Hampton-Kurtz Funeral Home in Hillsdale on Monday, March 19, 2012 beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Northlawn Cemetery in North Adams. The family will receive friends for visitation on Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Hillsdale. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to a charity of their choice .

Published in Heritage on March 18, 2012
I am so happy I had the opportunity to talk with Aunt Maxine about her childhood, her courtship and growth as a wife and mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. They all were reared near Buchanan, Tennessee and when they weren’t working from dawn to dusk had plenty of eye left the girls (or boys!). She said she met Uncle Ambrie (James) at a church social, as folks often did back in them thar time. The car they courted in was jointly owned by my dad Connie and Uncle Ambrie which, obviously was more important that mutual destruction as they both got by it with minimal damage. And… and …. and my MOM was assigned by her mom (my Grandmother) to supervise her older sister and Uncle Ambrie on their dates. Since they didn’t seem to have anything else to do, Mom and Dad decided to give it a go themselves…and that seemed to work out alright. They liked each other a lot for a lot of years, through a war (WW II), settled down for steady handwork at the Hancock place there between Paris and Puryears until a booze-filled fellow traveler totaled the pickup truck we were all in … all 6 of us… and killed my mom. I need to find out what happened to that asshole before i jump into the big chasm pretty soon.

January 1, 2006: Aunt Maxine and family. Pat, Debbie, Gerald, Aunt Maxine, Don (Jimmy is missing). Criptrgraphics. foot from Aunt Margaret’s collection.

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Written by frankieleeee

May 14, 2012 at 4:30 am

Posted in Family, Genealogy

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