Maxine Usry Fantini
Maxine Usry Fantini
  • September 14, 1935 - May 28, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Maxine Fantini was born in Jackson, Mississippi on September 14, 1935. She is predeceased by her mother, Eva Odell Greer, her brother, Rodney Glenn Greer, her mother-in-law, Giovanna Ganz, her sister-in-law, Pam Musselman, and her cousins, Ted Kennedy, Gordon Edwards, and Ryan Edwards.
Maxine graduated in 1954 from Galena Park High School where she was active in the National Honor Society, band and Student Council. She was voted "Best Groomed" by her senior classmates, and her motto beside her yearbook picture was, "Forgetting those things that are behind and reaching forth unto those that are before." She worked as a secretary for a year after high school, before leaving home to attend The University of Texas. She continued to work in Austin throughout college, and graduated from The University of Texas in 1959. After graduation, Maxine went to work for Tennessee Gas Transmission Company (later to become Tenneco Gas), a subsidiary of Tenneco, Inc. She served as an executive secretary for three presidents, and retired after 33 years.
In 1975, Maxine married her high school prom date, Louis Fantini. They celebrated forty-two years together on May 15, 2017. During their marriage, they traveled to Europe for many exciting trips. Italy was her favorite place to visit, as they would spend time with Louis's mother's family. There was much love and joy shared by bringing the two worlds together. Though Maxine was a UT alumnus, she and Louis traveled on many delightful trips with the Traveling Aggies alumni group.
Maxine was a lovely hostess and delightful guest. She loved to socialize and be among friends.
Whether going out to eat, or enjoying a meal at a friend's home, she loved every bite and was quite generous with her compliments to the chef! She especially loved the holidays and spending time with all her family and friends.
In 1992, Maxine joined The Blue Bird Circle, a non-profit organization, where she remained active and served in many positions. Her favorite activity was making Easter baskets and Easter eggs (she was always Cup-dye Chairman) for the annual Easter fundraiser. The Basket Birds will greatly miss her, and her many lively conversations!
From 2000 to 2015, Maxine and Louis would spend a month out of every summer in Vail, Colorado. They regularly attended Vail Interfaith Chapel during their stays, and enjoyed entertaining the many family and friends that visited them.
Maxine became a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in the early '60's. She loved her church family and retired last year as Treasurer of the Ordinary Life Sunday School class after serving 30 years. She also loved being a volunteer for many of the Church's wedding ceremonies.
Maxine is survived by her loving husband, Louis P. Fantini, her cousins Pat Edwards-Carroll and husband Conrad, Phillip Kennedy and wife Mary, and Diana Kennedy, her sister-in-law Helen Allee and husband William, seven nieces, one nephew, and numerous great nieces and nephews and cousins. She also has many family members in Mississippi that she visited every summer.
A service will be held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church (5501 Main St. Houston, TX 77004) on Wednesday, June 7th at 2:00pm, followed by a reception in Fondren Hall. Maxine requested that any memorials in her memory be made to The Blue Bird Circle or The St. Paul's Foundation.