Maxine Ardell Rice Anderson CHARLOTTE - Maxine Ardell Rice Anderson, 86, of Charlotte, died peacefully on Feb. 19, 2014, at Carrington Place in Matthews. Maxine was born on Aug. 31, 1927, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the daughter of Alfred and Mae Rice. She married Clarence Crawford (Andy) Anderson on June 2, 1945. Maxine lived a full and active life. Maxine was a working wife and mother throughout her life. Early in her career, she was the first woman to be recognized as "Woman of the Year" while working for Franklin Simon department store in the 60's. She was a co-owner of Keyboard Music Centers during the late 70's/early 80's in Greenville, S.C. with her husband, Andy. More recently, she was a customer representative at Sears in Charlotte and over the past few years enjoyed working at The Laurels in Pineville. Maxine was an active member of the Levine Senior Center, enjoyed traveling, water aerobics, cheerleading for the Senior Olympics and was a previous member of the Red Hat club. Maxine was an avid Carolina Panthers fan and loved going to the Panther games and cheering for the team. Maxine is survived by her children - Cynthia and John Robinson of Greensboro; Michael Anderson of Radford, Va.; Robin Helms of Charlotte; Peggy and Joey Frazier of Annapolis, Md.; Carolyn and Scott Killian of Austin, Texas and Patrick and Heidi Anderson of Charlotte. She was a loving grandmother to 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Andy, and her sister Elagene Fleming. A memorial celebration to celebrate her life will be held at Heritage Funeral Home - Weddington Chapel, 3700 Forest Lane Drive, Matthews, NC at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Please come at 1:00 p.m. to visit with the family and enjoy the sounds of a good ole fashioned Dixieland band on the steps of the funeral home. The family will have a private gravesite service immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Levine Senior Center, 1050 DeVore Lane, Matthews, NC 28105 or the Maxine Anderson Memorial Fund at Alz.org for the Alzheimer's Foundation. Maxine's family would like to give a special thank you to all of the caregivers at Carrington Place in Matthews. Thank you for all of the special care and love you provided her during her last year with us. We are in deep gratitude and appreciation for helping her through this difficult time. On-line condolences may be left at www.heritagecares.com. The Anderson family is in the care of Heritage Funeral Home - Weddington Chapel.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 26, 2014