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Maxine Swift Entwistle
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Birth: Oct. 15, 1916
Reeds Spring
Stone County
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 1, 1989
Midwest City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA


This was my wonderful mother. She was one of the sweetest women alive. My daughter used to call her "my sweet, little Grandma." Indeed, she was only 4 feet, 9 inches tall, but looks could be deceiving. I saw her have a man well over 6 feet tall backed up against a wall because he had overly criticized my brother, dragging him home to be punished. Indeed, Mom would come charging in if anyone treatened one of her chicks. We couldn't even gang up on each other without her jumping in to defend whoever was being picked on.
Mom was born in Reeds Spring, Missouri and lived her early years in nearby Galena. She always wanted a middle name (she was the only child not given one), so in high school, she started calling herself Mildred Maxine. She did this so successfully that some family geneology entries show her name as being Mildred, but it never really was and she eventually dropped it. She was the daughter of Velma Devall Swift and Malcolm "Aden" Swift. Her father died when Maxine was only 8 years old, and although Velma worked very hard to provide for her five children, she ultimately sent the youngest four to the Masonic Home in St. Louis. After graduating from Soldan High School in St. Louis, Maxine took secretarial courses and worked in various clerical jobs in Oklahoma City. In 1940 she moved to Washington, D.C. as an adventure with some of her friends. She worked at the Department of Agriculture. In 1941 she met a young soldier, James Xavier Entwistle, and ultimately married him in Baltimore, MD on May 4, 1942. Daddy had to work hard to convince her to marry him as they were an example of opposites attract. Mom was a Southern Baptist Republican, and Dad was a Boston Irish Catholic Democrat. In our family, we did not discuss politics or religion. She followed Jimmie around the world on various assignments in the Army and then the Air Force, including Japan and Morocco, until his retirement from active duty in 1961. They then settled in Midwest City, Oklahoma and raised their three children: Janet Lea, Gary Lynn, and Sharon Louise. Mom was a loving and loyal mother. When asked if she was going to take us with her to dad's new base in Japan, she said, "Of course, if my children don't go, then I don't go." She loved her family, her church--Country Estates Baptist Church, her friends, and finally her grandchildren. Maxine passed away suddenly of a heart attack and was followed in death only four months later by her husband, Jimmie. He could not live without her, nor she without him--after her death we found a piece of paper in her Bible listing her top 10 Blessings in life; daddy was number one. She is missed and lovingly remembered by her children, friends, and grandchildren.

~~ I Carry Your Heart with Me ~~

Wish Heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again. I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and the days before that too. I think of you in silence; I often speak your name. All I have are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake, from which I'll never part.... God has you in His arms, I have you in my heart!

Family links: 
  Malcolm "Aden" Swift (1887 - 1924)
  Velma DeVall Swift (1889 - 1960)
  James Xavier Entwistle (1916 - 1989)*
  Janet Lea Entwistle (1943 - 2016)*
  Josephine Swift Smith (1912 - 1985)*
  Eunice Swift (1915 - 1915)*
  Maxine Swift Entwistle (1916 - 1989)
  Charles Aden Swift (1918 - 1980)*
  Emma Jean Swift (1921 - 1980)*
  Robert Devall Swift (1922 - 2003)*
*Calculated relationship
Arlington Memory Gardens
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA
Maintained by: Sharon
Originally Created by: shirley tauer
Record added: Sep 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29856254
Maxine <i>Swift</i> Entwistle
Added by: Sharon
Maxine <i>Swift</i> Entwistle
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- Basheba
 Added: Oct. 29, 2016
Happy heavenly 100th birthday, Momma. I miss you everyday and wish I could send you roses on my birthday like I used to do, just to say thank you for being my mom. Love you always, kiss daddy and Janet for me. AND celebrate!
- Sharon
 Added: Oct. 16, 2016

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