Maxine W. Barnett, 91, of Patterson Twp., passed away on Monday, May 8, 2023 in UPMC-Shadyside Hospital. She was born on February 24, 1932 to the late Fred and Madelyn McKee. She was the wife of the late Merle “Red” Barnett, and fiancée of the late Orville “Sonny” Craig.
Maxine was a member of the Chippewa United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Meridian Chapter of OES (Order of the Eastern Star). She was a Worthy Matron in OES 3 times and held many other offices. She was a past Grand Representative to Maine and Massachusetts. She was one of the last surviving original members of a canasta card club that her and another friend started in 1951 and still participated in until 2022. She enjoyed golf, family dinners and picnics. She was a graduate of the Class of 1951 from Rochester High School. She was the class reunion Chairperson for over 65 years. She hit 2 holes in one in her 25 years of golfing. She was a Mother Advisor for New Brighton Assembly of Rainbow Girls for many years, and Grand Deputy District 8 in Rainbow Girls.
In addition to her parents, husband Merle, and fiancée Orville, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Doris (Henry) Harper, and Virginia Roser; her brother, Richard (Maxine)McKee; her niece, Darla Roser; nephew, Richard Harper; her traveling companions, Melvin and Judy Barnett; brothers & sisters in law John & Grace McQuiston and Lyle & Ruth Sheets, special cousin, Norma DeVincentis; and her favorite aunt and uncle, Myrtle and Earl Wright.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra (Donald) Knight; her son, Edward (Patty) Barnett; granddaughter, Stefanie Knight; grandson, Matthew (Jennifer) Knight; 3 great-grandchildren, Brandin, Christopher, and Samantha Knight; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received on Thursday, May 11th from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME- 117 Blackhawk Rd., Chippewa Twp.-www.gabauerfamilyfuneralhomes.com, where a service will be held on Friday, May 12th at 1pm. Pastor Gary Hilton will officiate.
Private interment will take place in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
Contributions may be made in Maxine’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital- 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
- Address: 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105