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Maxine Agnes Byrd


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Maxine Agnes Byrd Obituary
Byrd, Maxine Agnes
Maxine A Byrd, 96, died peacefully at her home on September 12th, 2016. Born on July 18, 1920 in Moville, Iowa, she was raised on her parents' farm there. She was the oldest of three brothers and one sister. She graduated from high school at 15 and moved to Kansas City, MO and went to business school. The first jobs she had were filling in on lunch hours for receptionists and secretaries in different offices, where her big pay for the day would be 40 cents. There she met her first husband and, after he enlisted in the Navy, moved west to San Diego. Later becoming a single mom to two children, Candy and Chip, she stayed in San Diego and worked for the Scripps Institute as a secretary. She met C.W. "Bud" Fitch, marrying him and moving to Phoenix in 1953 where she spent the next 63 years. Bud Fitch had two children, Donn and Bobbe, and they became a blended family. Bud Fitch passed away in 1972. Maxine worked for the Arizona State Senate and then ran the office for the late Congressman Sam Steiger for several years. Maxine married Joe Byrd in 1980 and they enjoyed a full life of golf and playing bridge in Ahwatukee. She was the Membership Chair for the Ahwatukee Ladies Golf League for several years, and was the Ahwatukee Golf Club's President Cup's Champion for the 1986-87 year. Maxine was an expert seamstress and cook and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Maxine volunteered for several years for the NRA rifle events held in Phoenix. Son Donn passed away in 2009 and Joe passed away in 2012. Maxine is survived by brother Larry (Luaine) Nolte and sister Nancy (Jerry) Dryden, children Chip (Donna) Fitch, Candy Waugaman, Bobbe (Doc) George, Sharon Fitch, Shelby (Rose Marie) Byrd, Rick (Naty) Byrd, grandchildren, Kelley (Shane) Merwin, Travis Fitch, Toni Waugaman, Donn (Tonya) Fitch, Laurie Fitch, AJ (Nani) Byrd, Justin ( Valerie) Byrd, Wade (Dusty) Byrd and ten great grandchildren. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses of and the caregivers at The Village of Ocotillo for their compassionate and caring help. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, November 18th at Mountain View Lutheran Church in Ahwatukee, 11020 S 48th Street, Phoenix. Internment and a reception will follow the service at the church. Arrangements were entrusted to Legacy Funeral Home.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 23, 2016
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