CRYSTAL LAKE - Maxine R. Babington, 83, of Crystal Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Holy Thursday, April 9, 2009.
She was born Oct. 30, 1925, to Howard and Agnes (Kellar) Reis. She was schooled in Macomb and graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in teaching and English. Later in life, she earned a master's degree in library science.
She married William Babington Jr. in 1945. Maxine and William began their life in the Macomb area and had three children, Bill, Susie and Patrick. They moved to Crystal Lake in 1968. Her career as an educator spanned 40 years, much of those 40 years in District 47. She believed that all children had the ability to be successful learners and use "proper grammar."
Her friendships, love of golf, theater, bridge, bunco and book groups were a testament to her zest for life. Most important to her were the ladies of her St. Thomas prayer group.
Anchored in her faith, she spent much of her retired life serving others. Her warm-hearted spirit led her to volunteer with local entities including Raue Center, Little Christopher's, the library of St. Thomas Church, Faith in Action, Crystal Lake Food Pantry, and Friends of Crystal Lake library.
Her grandchildren, Kyle, Kate, Jeff and Todd, were the light of her life. She followed their academic as well as athletic endeavors and was known as "Grandma Babs" to many of their friends. Her loving and prudent ways profoundly touched many lives.
She is survived by her children, William (Pam) of Crystal Lake, Susie (Kim) Danielson of Poplar Grove and Pat (Cindy) of Greencastle, Ind.; and her grandchildren, Jeff and Todd of Crystal Lake and Kyle and Kate of Greencastle, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Babington; her parents, Agnes and Howard Reis; and a brother, James Reis.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 13, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. Services will be from 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, until the funeral Mass is celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the
, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674; Crystal Lake Food Pantry, 257 King St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014; or St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church would be greatly appreciated.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-3411.