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Maxine Magee (1917 - 2013)

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Magee, Maxine

Federalsburg-Maxine Magee of Federalsburg passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Caroline Nursing Home in Denton, Maryland. She was 95.

Born on October 1, 1917 in Federalsburg, she was the daughter of the late Robert Leonard Magee, Sr. and Ethel Mae Turner Magee.

She was educated in the public schools of Caroline County and graduated from Lockerman High School in 1935.

In September, 1935 she entered Fredman's Hospital School of Nursing where several of the required nursing subjects were taught at Howard University. In 1938 she graduated from Freedman's, passed the D.C. Board exam which qualified her as a Registered Nurse.

Maxine attended Zion United Methodist Church Sunday School, sang in the Children's choir, and was active in many programs for children. She became a member of Zion at the age of 12. Her interest in sacred music grew. To enhance her skills, when possible she took private music lessons in New York, Chicago, and Cambridge, Maryland. She also read a great deal about history of church music. At certain points in time, she helped to organize a young children's choir in Zion, a teenage choir, accompanied and directed a young adult choir, assisted in the organization and directed "The First Generation Community Chorus of Federalsburg" direction and organist for Zion United Methodist Adult Choir for several years. In addition to serving in the musical programs at Zion, she was a Trustee, worked on the Finance Board, and served the Social Concerns Committee.

Following her graduation from Freedmen's, she accepted her first position as general duty nurse at Flint Goodridge Hospital, New Orleans, LA. She later held the following positions: Staff Nurse-Seaview Tuberculosis Hospital, Staten Island, NY; Director of "Shelter for the Aged" Baltimore, MD; General Study Nurse - University of Illinois Research Hospital- Orthopedic Division, Chicago, IL; Visiting Nurse with the "Atlantic Seaboard Agriculture Workers Association:, a federally funded migrant program primarily for workers from the British West Indies and American migrants; General Staff Duty at Montifere Hospital, New York, NY; Night Supervisor - St. Barnabus Hospital, Bronx, NY - Cancer Division. On December 6, 1948 she accepted a position as a Public Health Nurse at the Dorchester County Health Department. She was assigned to the Second Ward in the City of Cambridge, Maryland. At this time, she also earned her B/S/ Degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland at College Park, Baltimore, MD.

In 1970 she became the Director of Public Health Nursing at Dorchester County Health Department. She retired in 1981 after 32 ½ years of service. She often expressed that she loved her work and the people she served.

She loved to read history, enjoyed family gatherings, served on the Board of "People for Better Housing", played her piano a great deal, enjoyed observing the growth of the "Second Generation Community Chorus" enjoyed her neighbors, loved, and enjoyed life.

During her years of Public Service, Miss Magee received many honors, certificates of appreciation, recognition, service awards, etc. Some of these honors included the following: Harriett Tubman Service Award, 1977, "The Maxine Magee Full Nursing Scholarship", 1981, Outstanding Service Award to all Citizens of Dorchester County, 1981, All of the above awards were received from the NAACP-Dorchester County Chapter; Love and Respect Award" Waugh U.M. Church, 1981, Fassett Magee Community Health Center, opened in 1995, appreciation Plaque for upstanding service for Zion United Methodist Church in 1994. Honored Guest at East New Market "Heritage Day" observance in 2002, Listed in Carolyn B. Stegman's Book, "Woman of Achievement in Maryland" in 2002.

She is survived by her sisters: Iris Hooper of Federalsburg, Connie Hawkins of Philadelphia, PA, and Marge Tyler of Federalsburg, brothers, Wayne Magee of Bridgeton, NJ, Kenny Magee and Eugene Magee both of Hurlock, and Don Magee of Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Eddie Magee, Robert Magee Jr., Perium Magee and Goldrick Magee.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with the Reverend Jeff Butler Officiating. Interment will follow in Federal Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit at the Funeral Home from 10:00 to 11:00.

Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com



Published in The Daily Times on Sept. 27, 2013
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