FORT PIERCE, FLA.—Margaret Louise (Mayhew) Maxfield, 73, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002.
She was born in Claremont, N.H. Jan. 27, 1929, the youngest child of Francis and Ida Coles Mayhew, she attended Claremont schools and later went to work in the shoe shops of Claremont to help support her family during World War II.
She and Louis Maxfield were married Oct. 2, 1949, and moved to Lemax Farm in North Hartland, Vt. where they lived at the family farm for the next 50 years.
She maintained a large house, cooking and cleaning and raising a garden of vegetables and berries, as well as being a full-time partner in the work of the farm, from baling hay to balancing checkbook and keeping the books.
In her spare time, she enjoyed doing fancy crewel work, crafts and knitting.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of White River Junction, and the Community United Methodist Church of Fort Pierce, Fla. She was a woman of strong, quiet faith. A breast cancer survivor since 1983, her faith helped her maintain a cheerful and positive attitude in the face of any difficulty.
She loved being in the warm weather of Florida and was happy to have found wonderful and devoted friends there.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Louis; her son and daughter-in-law, Lowell and Carol, of North Scottsdale, Ariz.; son Cecil of Portsmouth, N.H. and sister Janette Crossman of Portsmouth, N.H.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, some in the Randolph area.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 22 at the Community United Methodist Church, 3114 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, Fla. Interment will take place in the Hartland, Vt., Brick Church Cemetery May 24, 2003.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of one’s choice.