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