Maxine Witt Emmons(1924 - 2013)

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." - Charles William Eliot

Maxine Witt Emmons, 89, of Roswell, passed away on Nov. 21, 2013, of natural causes.

Maxine was born in Dalhart, Texas, on Oct. 31, 1924. She graduated from Eagle Nest High School in New Mexico and continued on to earn college credits towards secretarial certification. Maxine was married to Richard Emmons on June 3, 1944; they were together for 69 years.

Maxine worked as a script girl for the MGM studios in Hollywood in the early 1940s. After marriage and several years of caring for her four children, she worked as secretary for the Superintendent of Public Schools in Las Vegas, for five years and was Job Placement Director at New Mexico Highlands University for 10 years. In 1977, she and her husband relocated to Roswell to be closer to their children.

She enjoyed reading, sewing, needlepoint, being actively involved and interested in the lives of her friends and relatives, and spending time with her children

Maxine is survived by her husband, Richard; her sister, Beth Beardsley; daughters, Kimberley Fitzsimmons and Robin Billington; son-in-law, Frank Fitzsimmons; three grandchildren, Douglas Emmons, James Fitzsimmons, and Leah Billington, and a 6-year-old great-granddaughter Hope Fitzsimmons.

Maxine is preceded in death by her sons, Greg Emmons and Bryan Emmons, and her brother, Russell Witt.

There will be no funeral or memorial service. The family would like to express its gratitude to Gentiva Hospice for their dedicated care during Maxine's illness.

When Maxine lived in Eagle Nest she would sit under her favorite pine tree facing the lake to read books. This became a life-long passion including the possession of a Kindle e-reader.

In lieu of flowers and/or cards, donations will be welcomed by the Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Roswell, N.M. 88201.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Dec. 11, 2013