Barbara Jeanne Moore Maxey
1933 - 2020
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Instructions for living a life: / Pay attention. / Be astonished. / Tell about it. ~ "Sometimes" by Mary Oliver
In the early morning hours of December 31, 2020, Barbara Jeanne Moore Maxey peacefully transitioned into Spirit. Her last days were comfortable ones with her husband and children close at hand.

Barbara was born in Houston, Texas, on May 21, 1933, to Willie Rebecca Coyle and William Harry Moore. She had four siblings.

Reading was one of Barbara's passions, with favorite topics including English history, poetry, psychology, and spirituality. She adored animals, especially her beloved pet cats and dogs.
In 1954, Barbara graduated from Kilgore College with a degree in elementary education and was a member of the school's precision dance team, the Kilgore Rangerettes. She was fond of the memories and friendships she made while at Kilgore College.

After college, Barbara returned to Houston and, on November 26, 1954, married the love of her life, Jefferson Herbert Maxey, Jr. They were nearly inseparable for the next sixty-six years and had two children, Robert Davis Maxey and Michelle Jeanne Maxey Ramos.
Barbara later obtained a degree in finance from the University of Houston and worked in the banking industry.

The family would like to thank all of her caregivers at the St. Dominic Village Nursing Center for the exceptional love and attention Barbara received the last several years.

Due to current restrictions, a private funeral service attended by immediate family members was held on January 7, 2021, in Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church's columbarium, where Barbara's remains are inurned.

Friends and family are welcome to leave a message of condolence at Instead of flowers, the family requests contributions in Barbara's memory to St. Dominic Village at

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 8, 2021.
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January 7, 2021
Barbara was a wonderful sister. When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be a Rangerette just like my big sister. I have fond memories of my summer visits to her home in Houston where I accompanied Jeff, Barbara, Dave and Michelle on trips to the zoo and the ocean. Some of my favorite authors are ones suggested by Barbara. Barbara was an excellent cook. She taught me how to make yeast bread. Her chocolate fudge pecan pie has become a family favorite. She was also talented seamstress. Barbara loved her children and advocated for both. She cared for our parents in their later years with kindness and compassion. She loved her younger brothers John Henry and Butch and had many spirited discussions with them. I admired her determination to go back to college in her 50's. Barbara enjoyed investigating new ideas and was eager to share them with others. She was truly devoted to Jeff. She was a loving aunt to my children, and they looked forward to visiting her. I will miss my sister dearly.
Mary Eisenberg
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