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Maxine Marie Averill

March 27, 1933 January 12, 2010
Maxine Marie Averill
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Obituary for Maxine Marie Averill

Maxine Marie (Davis) Averill, a resident of Milford, died at her home, surrounded by family, on Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2010 after a brief illness. She was 76 years old. Born in Rankin, MI on March 27, 1933, she was the daughter Jack and Eva Marie (Kirby) Davis and treasured step-daughter of Earl Smith. After graduation from Linden High School in 1950 and a year at a junior college in Flint, Maxine went to work with Dr. Bragg in Milford and later attended Schoolcraft College where she was in the first class of Certified Medical Assistants. It was while working with Dr. Bragg that she met a young Milford Police officer who�d had a heart attack while hunting one autumn. She tended to him during his convalescence, which seemed to go on for quite some time until they married on the hot day, June 26, 1959 in the Presbyterian Church in Milford. In time Ron Averill would become Milford�s Chief of Police and Maxine would work for Doctors Bragg and Wexell on G.M. Road, Drs. Rosella and Martin on North Milford Road and Providence Hospital in Novi- caring for neighbors and friends for fifty years until her retirement in 2006. After thirty years of marriage, she was widowed in 1989.

Maxine was an avid reader who loved Stephen King mysteries and crossword puzzling. She played the piano and accordion and had played the glockenspiel in her high school band. She collected fairy lamps and worked in the Milford Food Co-op for over thirty years. She was a long time member of Milford Methodist Church and saw the hand of God in nature and creation, watching the birds and deer and wildlife in the woods and wetlands behind her home. She loved yearly trips to Copper Harbor in Michigan�s UP, for years with her son and daughter and husband where he would collect stones to polish and she would keep the camp with the kids. In later years, she and her daughter would still tent at Fort Wilkins State Park along Lake Superior and hike out the two miles to the Copper Harbor Lighthouse to watch the sunset, and hike back the two miles in the gloaming light. When her health began to fail, with difficult prognoses and reports, Maxine still found her way up to Copper Harbor last fall with the bittersweet knowledge that it would likely be her last trip north. Following surgery in early December, she tried her best to get past the pneumonia and fatigue, and when she couldn�t, she looked towards the future with the same calm acceptance and faith that had marked her life. She asked her family to take her home, where she died quietly, holding her daughter�s hand.

She is survived by her daughter, Tami Marie Averill of Milford and her son Ronald E. (Barbara) Averill of Houston, TX. And by grandchildren, Benjamin Peter, Alexander Ronald, and Colleen Elizabeth Averill. Maxine is the sister of Marilyn (Richard) Sandford Stoops of NM, and the late Robert, Jack, Audrey and Max Davis. She is survived by brothers and sisters in law, Lee Averill, Gail (Mel) Bowers, Diane (Craig) Schneider, Joan and Donna Davis. Many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends join with her family in mourning the death of a good woman and giving thanks to God for her life among them.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 2 PM at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford. The Reverend Gregg Mayberry will officiate. Burial will follow at Milford Memorial Cemetery. Friends may visit on Friday at the funeral home from 2-9PM. Memorials may be sent to the Michigan Nature Association, 326 E. Grand River Ave., Williamston, MI 48895. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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