Mary Maxine Blair
Mary Maxine Blair
  • November 21, 1922 - December 3, 2016
  • Pasadena, Texas

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Mary Maxine Neely Blair went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Maxine was born on November 21, 1922 in Warren, Bradley County, Arkansas and had just celebrated her 94th birthday. She was a charter member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Warren where she began her life as a Christian. Maxine graduated from Warren High School, class of 1940 and worked in Warren for a number years before moving to Little Rock to work for the Baptist Book Store.

She met the love of her life, Clarence Bea Blair, in Warren and they were married on November 19, 1949. Clarence, Maxine and their new baby, Mary Adelyn made their home in Warren and then moved to Baytown, Texas in 1953. In 1954 they moved to Pasadena and Stephen Andrew joined the family.

After searching for a church home, the family joined a new church, Richey Street Baptist where Maxine started working as the Records Secretary for two days a week; then later was made the Financial Secretary and this was her job for over 40 years. She served as a Sunday School teacher for over 30 years and attended church every Sunday and Wednesday until her health declined.

Maxine was devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Texans (except when they played the Cowboys) and the Arkansas Razorbacks. She loved football and watched as many games as she could. She loved the old fashioned gospel music and classic country music. She and Clarence loved to make trips to Branson, Missouri and enjoy all of the family entertainment.

Maxine is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Clarence; her parents, Ernest and Coeller Neely; her nephew, Michael Williams and her niece, Margaret Ann Williams. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Adelyn Blair, Pasadena; her son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and JoAnn Blair, Pearland; her grandson and wife, Scott and Julie Blair of Deer Park; her granddaughter and husband, Ashley and Greg Sharp of La Porte; and her very special great-grandchildren, Jaicee Lynn Blair and Jake Alexander Blair of Deer Park and Hunter Wilson Sharp and Emma Grace Sharp of La Porte. She is also survived by her sister, Iva Nell Neely Williams of Warren Arkansas, her nephews John Williams and Kenny Williams of Arkansas; the mother of her grandchildren, Kim Franz East, Deer Park; her cousins Ronnie and Jimmy Sue Lanier, Warren Arkansas, Kay Louis and Wanda Lanier, Liberty, Texas and Dianne and Sam Cummins of North Little Rock, Arkansas; her cousin Robert and wife Lillian Neely, Pasadena; all her “Blair” nieces and nephews, who she loved so much. She is also survived by two very special ladies who have been her friends since childhood, Christine Jayne of Warren, Arkansas and Merlene Adams of Crossett, Arkansas

Our family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, techs and staff at the Clear Lake Regional Hospital for their care and compassion for our Mom. They all went above and beyond in providing excellent care and support. We would also like to thank the doctors, nurses, techs and staff at Kindred Rehab in Webster, who were so caring and encouraging during her time there. A very special thank you to the nurses, therapists and staff at Applied Home Health for their devoted care and support for our mom for the last several years – you made life so much easier for her.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations may be made to the Deer Park Education Foundation (DPISD), 2800 Texas Ave., Deer Park, Texas 77536, Attention: Jennifer Torres, in memory of Maxine Neely Blair.

Service led by Pastor Travis Cardwell

Pall Bearers: Stephen Andrew Blair, Scott Andrew Blair, Greg Sharp, Kay Louis Lanier, Matthew Lanier and Glenn Cummins.

Burial at Grandview Cemetery.