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Maxine (Howell) Redd

Maxine (Howell) Redd, 92,  Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 7:15 a.m., Monday, March 13, 2023, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.

Maxine was born Feb. 4, 1931, in Palmyra, to Mackey and Anna Taylor Howell. She was married to Charles Redd on June 10, 1949, in Palmyra. He preceded her in death on May 18, 1993.

Maxine (Howell) Redd

Survivors include her son, Dean (Gaye) Redd, Maywood, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Millie Collins, Hannibal; brother, John (Joan) Howell, Tampa, Fla.; sister, Carolyn Mette, Lake Jackson, Texas; grandchildren, Josh (Julie) Redd, Darin (Kindsey) Redd, Seth (Jill) Redd and Maggie (Zach) Moon; great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Emma, Olivia, Dylan, Abbey, Ethan and Mason Redd,  andGentry and Harper Moon. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Duane Redd; two brothers-in-laws, Floyd Mette and Wayne Redd; sister-in-law, Joan Redd; father and mother-in-law, Bill and Mattie Sue Redd.

Maxine was a strong, independent woman who cherished her family and friends. She and Charles worked side by side on the family farm west of Palmyra, where she loved spending time outdoors. 

She was an avid gardener who worked tirelessly to provide bushels of tomatoes and sweet corn, which were always shared and appreciated by others. Maxine also had a talent for growing beautiful flowers; daffodils, iris, peonies, poppies and zinnias were some of her favorites. 

When she wasn’t outdoors, she enjoyed listening to the Mizzou Tigers and NASCAR on the radio. She especially enjoyed her time with family around the dinner table; she was an amazing cook, and always had something special for dessert – homemade pies, cakes and Christmas candies. 

Her family was the joy of her life and she always made them a priority. She shared her love of gardening and baking with her grandkids, who will carry on her traditions for years to come.

A funeral ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Jim Wright will officiate. Burial will be at 12 p.m. following the ceremony, at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.

Pallbearers will be Josh Redd, Darin Redd, Seth Redd, Zach Moon, Dylan Redd, Ethan Redd and Mason Redd.

Honorary pallbearers will be Maggie Moon, Julie Redd. Kindsey Redd, Jill Redd, Isabelle Redd, Emma Redd, Olivia Redd, Abbey Redd, Gentry Moon and Harper Moon.

Friends and family are invited to Maxine’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.

Memorials may be made to Community Loving Care Hospice or Maple Lawn Nursing Home.

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