Maxine Payne Grady

November 7, 1930 - June 5, 2019

Maxine P. Grady, age 88 of Romney, died peacefully at the Winchester Medical Center on June 5, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

She is the daughter of the late Loring Payne and Anne Hannas Payne.  Maxine is also preceded in death by her husband, Forrest O. Grady, Sr. (d. March 31, 2016), her brother, James Payne and her two sisters, Virginia “Ginny” Potter and Donna Saville.

Maxine is survived by (2) sons, Forrest O. “F.J.” Grady, Jr. (wife Janet) of Keyser and James T. “Jimmy” Grady (wife Susan) of Cumberland; (2) daughters, Belinda Maxine Grady (companion Ray Oster) of Cumberland and Julie Mae Grady of Romney; (7) grandchildren, James Todd (wife Jennifer), Julieanne and Johnna Buckley, Jonathan Tyler (wife Kelsie), Carly Shaye, Ian (wife Andrea) and Jordan Grady; (3) great grandchildren, Jace Thomas Crandall, Mya Laurel and Tycen Barron Buckley; and a hand-picked “granddaughter” Katherine “Kat” Corbin.  She is also survived by a world of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Maxine was born on Sunrise Orchard in very humble conditions, and knew hard work from an early age.  She left school in the tenth grade and went to work to help support her family (completing her education later in life).  She soon after met Forrest Grady, Sr. and they were married on Valentine’s Day of 1947.    That marriage lasted 69 years and produced a wonderful family and countless memories.  Even at the end, Maxine was there for Forrest every day and made certain all his needs were met with the most loving care.

Maxine was, without a doubt, the matriarch of the family and is given total credit as being the glue that held it all together.  She loved family events, being a neighborhood mom and in the world of givers and takers, Maxine was a primo giver with an enormous heart.  It is often thought that she well remembered the days when getting an orange for Christmas was a wonderful thing.  As the grandchildren came along, Maxine became “Maw Maw” and she took much pleasure in going overboard with all of them and having a wonderful time.  She loved to cook for family events, and there were many of them, most always at the family home in Savillavale.  Nobody looked better in a convertible than Maxine, and nobody can remember a time when Forrest and Maxine didn’t have one.  She still has a “ragtop” sitting in the carport.

Maxine will be remembered by many from her work at the A&P and as an administrator at the Deaf and Blind School.   She was one who could hold a career and still be mom and wife and excel at all.  She was there for most every sporting event that her children, then grandchildren were involved in.  It was not a surprise when Maxine had a different opinion than that of the game officials, and would voice that opinion with gusto.  Each of her children openly admit that Maxine had an undeniably wonderful influence on their lives, as a result of her love, and commitment to them (with a sizable amount of hard work thrown in).  She will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

Friends will be received on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 12 noon until the time of service at 2 PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney.

Maxine and Forrest will be interred together in a private ceremony at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Maxine be remembered by contributing to: Helping Hands ~ 24 West Main St. ~ Romney, WV 26757 -OR- Romney Assembly of God ~ 87 Mitchell St. ~ Romney, WV  26757.

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511

Carter Wagoner June 7, 2019

20 condolences for “Maxine Payne Grady”

  1. Mother was devastated to hear about Maxine! She and Mom were not only cousins, but friends who hung out together alot when they were young. In fact, your Mom and Dad stood up for Mother and Daddy when they married!

    We were planning to come for visitation and service; however, Mother got sick ending up in the hospital.

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you! May you find comfort in knowing she is in the arms of our Lord Jesus and in all the wonderful memories of your Mom, grandmother and great grandmother.

    May God bless you and keep you in His tender loving care.

  2. Growing up in Savillavale was a privilege and Mrs. Grady was one of those parents you knew was always looking out for you. She had a kind heart and beautiful smile. As that neighborhood has undergone so many changes, it’s good to remember those amazing parents who kept us safe, but also let us enjoy our childhood. Love & prayers to the Grady family and all of those who loved and respected her.

  3. Maxine was a great lady to all who knew her. She was kind, considerate and a friend to all–always ready to “go the extra mile.” She will be greatly missed by her friends as well as her family. We extend our heart-felt sympathy to her family.

  4. I remember Maxine working at the A&P also. She was always nice and had a big smile. She really did love her family. I knew her sister Donna really well growing up also. Prayers for the family at this sad time.

  5. Thoughts and prayers to the Grady family for the passing of their mother, grandmother (Maw Maw), great grandmother, and dear friend to all she met. She was a dear soul and confidant. She will be missed dearly but never ever forgotten. Fly away home, because your job is well done here on earth!

  6. So sorry for your loss. I know mom always enjoyed visiting with her. She was definitely a special lady.Keeping your family in prayers now and in the coming days.

  7. So sorry for your loss Maxine was a wonderful good hearted person we always thought a lot of her

  8. I am greatly saddened to learn of Maxine’s passing. She and I worked together while I was in high school at the A&P. My greatest memories of her are of her smile–she always smiled even in the midst of difficult situations: she was a true individual to imitate–caring, kind to all. And, her Cadillac convertible, as someone has stated “she looked great in it.”

  9. My first job was at the A & P store between my junior and senior year of high school. She was awesome to work with and taught me so much! Some of the others weren’t so kind to a 16 year old farm boy. This was the summer of 1983. So sorry for your loss….

  10. So sorry for your loss. She always brightened up the church when she took her seat.

  11. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My thoughts and love are with you.

  12. Love and prayers to the family.
    I will truly miss Maxine. She was so kind
    and thoughtful, such a lovely lady.

  13. So sorry to hear of Maxine’s passing. She sat in front of us for many years at Romney First Methodist. I will miss her pleasant smile and friendly conversation. She did so love to share about the grandchildren and their sporting events.

  14. I’m so sorry to hear about Maxine. What a wonderful lady! She will be missed by so many. God bless her and god bless all of you.

  15. A very special lady that will be missed by many. God now has the “BEST” of angels. Praying that God will wrap his arms around this precious family and give them the peace and comfort they so need at this time. Amen.

  16. I had the pleasure of being Maxine’s neighbor for a few years. She would do anything for you but also tell you what she thought in a minute. I guess that’s why I admired her so much. She will be missed.

  17. A wonderful woman who will be sadly missed by all who knew her. May loving memories comfort those who grieve.

  18. I’m so sorry to hear about Maxine. I will miss seeing her in church on Sundays (and getting a hug from her). So glad I had the pleasure of knowing her. Such a sweet lady! Prayers for Maxine’s family for comfort and strength.

  19. So sorry to hear of the passing of Miss Maxine. She was a true friend to my mom and me when visiting at Hampshire Center and so devoted to Mr Forrest. Prayers to all.

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