She was born July 20, 1923, in Ken-nett, Mo. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mamie Ray Carter, and one son, Jimmy Douglas Epps.
Maxine married James M. Epps on Aug. 8, 1940, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and they recently celebrated 71 years of marriage.
She was a well known beautician at Tessie Mae's Beauty Shop in Poplar Bluff, Mo., for 14 years. She served as a faithful wife to her husband who was pastor of many Baptist churches for 55 years, most of which were in the Southeast Missouri area. She and her husband moved to Springfield, Mo., in Feb. 2004 and joined the Berean Baptist Church the first Sunday in March. She was very faithful to every service and the Golden Ager Activities. She and her husband enjoyed going to Old Fashioned Camp Meetings around the country.
Maxine is survived by her husband, James; one son, Gerald Ray Epps and wife Yu-mei of St. Charles, Mo.; two daughters, Barbara Sue and husband, Alton Kendrick of Wentzville, Mo., Pauletta Jean and husband Claude Marshall of Springfield, Mo.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren, along with a host of family and friends.
Visitation was held Monday, Jan., 23, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home North in Springfield, Mo. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at 11 a.m., at the Berean Baptist Church, 507 E. Norton Rd. in Springfield, Mo. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wed., Jan. 25, 2012, at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Poplar Bluff, Mo.