September 8, 2009
She was married to Morgan French and their marriage was blessed with two children. Maxine was an active member of the Vine Grove Baptist Church for many years.
Maxine, who spent most of her adult life in Radcliff KY, was born on June 21, 1924, in Gabe KY. After her father died of typhoid fever when she was four, Maxine developed an independent spirit that served her well throughout her life. She was a graduate of Greensburg High School.
In early 1945, Maxine was selected to participate in the Nurse Training program run by the U. S. Army. Maxine always described this as a very exciting time of her life, moving from Greensburg to Louisville, and then Lexington, to complete her nurses training. Maxine received her Diploma in Nursing at the Nazareth School of Nursing, Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington KY in June 1948. Since World War II was over, Maxine didn't join the Army. Instead, she joined the nursing staff at Central State Hospital in Danville and worked there for a number of years.
Maxine married her husband of the past 55 years, Morgan French on June 10, 1954 at Fort Knox, KY. From then until Morgan retired from the army in 1962, she traveled with him to various army posts in the United States and Germany. Once her children started school, Maxine returned to nursing at the Ireland Army Hospital at Fort Knox where she worked until her retirement from Civil Service in 1983.
Maxine will always be remembered as a loving wife, a wonderful Mother, a terrific Grandmother, and someone who just couldn't sit still. She was always doing something! Whether it was quilting a new quilt, growing a garden over in the woods to 'feed the deer', working around the house or taking care of her family, she was constantly on the go. Only in the last year of her life did she slow down and let others do for her. She had a wonderfully optimistic attitude that always kept a smile on her face and filled the lives of others with happiness.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, the late Edward Jefferson Milby and Iva Ethel Judd Milby of Gabe and four brothers.
Maxine is survived by husband, Morgan French; two sons and their wives, Morgan and Mary Jane French o f Houston, TX, and Stewart and Anne French of Allen, TX; and two grandchildren, Edward Clifton French and Meredith Holly French, both of Baton Rouge, LA.
Maxine is survived by a sister, Roxie Nell Milby Hinton of Bowling Green KY.
Funeral services will be at the Vine Grove Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the North H ardin Memorial Cemetery in Radcliff. Visitation will be 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made to the Vine Grove Baptist Church.