HONOR — Maxine Joyce (Fields) Nelson, 81 years old, died on Dec. 19, 2013, surrounded by her family.
Maxine graduated from McKenzie High School in Detroit.
Maxine worked in health care at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital, where she met her future husband. Tom and Maxine married on Aug. 4, 1951, and her life would change dramatically when her husband received orders for induction into the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War. During the military service of her husband she moved to Texas and the Army Arctic Center in Big Delta, Alaska, before it became a state. Upon his discharge they returned to Dearborn.
Maxine lent considerable assistance over many years to her husband, who established a residential educational facility for developmentally disabled children in Chelsea. They spent 10 years in Saline and relocated to Honor in 1982.
Maxine was elected as Honor Village Clerk in 1982 and served until 1994.
She was devoted to her family, an avid reader and bird-watcher and enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles.
Maxine volunteered for many years with Benzie Food Partners, a needs-based food pantry.
She traveled extensively throughout North America and Central America. Cruising the Caribbean Sea was a favorite pastime.
She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas J. Nelson; her son, Joseph F. Nelson; her father, Melvin R. Fields; and her mother, Bettie Lynn McCollom. She was also predeceased by her brother-in-law, David Nelson; and a nephew, Timothy Nelson.
She is survived by her children, Cynthia A. (Kenneth) Bergman, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Stephanie A. (Jack) Neal, of Grand Rapids, and Christopher J. (Diane) Nelson, of Honor. Also surviving her are six grandchildren, Erin (Rhyan) Glezman, Holly (Daniel Simon) Nelson, Erik (Megan Valley) Bergman, Monica Bergman, Karla Bergman and Zachary (Tiffany Valley) Bergman. She is survived by two great-grandchildren, Fisher Simon and Kylan Glezman. Also surviving her are two cousins, Sally (Haddad) Williams and Norma (Fields) Moggy; her brother-in-law, John Philip (Carol Anne) Nelson; sister-in-law, Jean Nelson; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to thank Maxine’s internist, Russell Van Houzen, M.D., and her pulmonologist, Deborah Ochs, M.D., who provided considerable support and assistance during her illness.
A celebration of Maxine’s life will be held Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at 3 p.m., at Jowett Family Funeral Home in Benzonia, with Rhyan Glezman officiating. Visitation will take place before the funeral from 1 to 3 p.m. Burial will be in Champion Hill Cemetery in the spring.
In memory of Maxine, contributions may be made to Benzie Food Partners, PO Box 598, Honor, MI 49640.
Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Benzonia and Frankfort.