Maxine Wright Whitener
May 3, 1929 - October 23, 2021
On Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, Maxine Wright Whitener, 92, was welcomed into the gates of heaven by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She was born May 3, 1929, to the late Gaither Columbus and Lula Jane Wright. Maxine was a strong woman of compassion, grace, poise, and faith. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Marvin Whitener, to whom she was married for 60 years and who she has missed deeply every day for the past 13 years. She was also preceded in death by four brothers; and six sisters.
Maxine is survived by her two devoted sons, whom she loved dearly and who brought her tremendous love and laughter, Timothy Jackson Whitener and his wife, Penny of Winston-Salem, and Dennis Max Whitener, and his wife, Lisa of Hickory. She is also survived by six grandchildren, who were her pride and joy and the recipients of 47 years of their grandmother's devotion and love, Krista Whitener and her friend, Tommy Williamson of Hickory, Rebecca Riddle and her husband, Randy of Blowing Rock, Mary Elizabeth Joseph and her husband, Joe of Winston-Salem, Challen McRee and husband, Marc of Hickory, Jason Whitener and his, wife Kelly of Winston-Salem, and Katie Beach and her husband, Michael of Winston-Salem. She is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren who brought her so much delight and enjoyment in her later years, Reilly, Cooper and Mary-Kathryn Riddle, Lucy and Libby Joseph, Taytum Robbins, Maddox, Jackson, Cruz and Beckham McRee, Evie Kate, Emma, Will and Walker Beach and Wynne, Elsie and Annie Whitener.
Maxine was employed by Catawba Sox for over 50 years in various roles such as office manager and human resources. She had an extremely bright and sharp mind and she used those gifts to serve others in both her professional and personal life. She and her husband attended Royal Chapel Church of God for over 75 years, where they devoted their entire adult lives to serving the church faithfully in many roles throughout their years. She and Jack served together as church treasurer for over 70 years and Maxine was still impressively serving in this role right up until her death. She taught a young children's Sunday school class for over 50 years, she and Jack served as youth leaders, and she served as state president for the Women's Missionary Society for 38 years. She also gave of herself to her church through countless hours of creativity and decorating of the church for Christmas, Easter, weddings and other special occasions. Her commitment to her church family was of great importance to her and she touched many lives through her faithful and committed service and love.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She adored her husband and was grateful for the life they joyfully built together for 60 years and it brings her family great comfort and happiness to know they are reunited. She loved her two boys so much and was always a present and loving mother. She loved everything from cheering them on when they played ball to cooking them meals and of course, supporting and praying for them constantly. She was the sweetest and most precious grandmother. She took her role as "Mamaw/Nanny" seriously and she devoted herself to being the best, mostly by being intentionally available to her grandchildren their entire lives and giving them a lifetime supply of laughter and special memories in her home (and of Belkie Bears). She absolutely adored being a "Grand-Mamaw" and loved seeing and hearing about her 17 great grandchildren. They each knew her and have their own special memories with her and she never forgot their birthday. She was an extremely kind and caring and compassionate friend toward others, many times showing up at someone's home who had suffered a loss with a homemade cake and compassionate concern. If you stopped by her house, even unannounced, you were always warmly welcomed in and offered a meal or a gift or a pair of socks. All of these wonderful attributes were an outward expression of her love and hope in her savior, Jesus Christ. Her life was defined by knowing His great love for her and therefore, she purposely and joyfully spent her life pouring into others. Her family and friends will feel the void of her absence and miss her greatly.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Samaritan's Purse, designated specifically to Operation Christmas Child: Samaritan's Purse c/o Operation Christmas Child, 801 Bamboo Rd., Boone, NC 28607, www.samaritanspurse.org/occ
or Samaritan's Purse, c/o Disaster Relief, 801 Bamboo Rd., Boone, NC 28607, www.samaritanspurse.org
The family would like to extend their gratitude and enormous appreciation for the untold sacrifice of love and care given by Dennis and Lisa Whitener that allowed for Maxine to remain in her home until her death despite her failing health, which was her wish.
The family will receive friends from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Royal Chapel Church of God, with the funeral service at 3:30 p.m., and graveside service immediately following.
Hickory Funeral Homewww.hickoryfh.com
Published by Hickory Daily Record on Oct. 26, 2021.