Maxine Johnson was born July 29, 1940 in Taylor, MS to Will and Allie Kelly. She accepted Christ at an early age and continued her walk in faith throughout her life. Maxine moved to Davenport, IA in 1963 and shortly after became an active member of Third Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board for many years.
Maxine and Carl Johnson wed August 16, 1969 and celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in 2020. She worked various jobs before starting her career as a Lab Technician at Alcoa Davenport Works in September of 1972. She retired after 30 years of service in October of 2002. In her spare time, she enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, yard sales and bowling. Maxine was one of the founding members of The Wildcats Bowling Guild which started in 1985. She wore many hats in the organization from serving as the head of the Hospitality Committee to selling candy bars and rib dinners from their garage to raise money for the organization. She was also an active member of Central States Bowling Guilds which was created out of the desire for African Americans to compete in the sport.
Maxine departed this life in her home on March 4, 2021. She was the last surviving Kelly sibling. She was proceeded in death by her parents Will and Allie, four sisters and five brothers: George, Robert, James, Willie, B.W., Dorothy, Ruth, Bennie, and Edna.
Maxine leaves to cherish her memories: Her husband, Carl, their children Elise, Carla, Sophia (Columbus), and Damien Sr. Her grandchildren: Iziah, Paizley, C’Aniye, KiAnna, Konala, Brendan, London, and Damien Jr. Great grandchildren: Javion, Iziah Jr., Mekhai and Ivarie. Bonus grandchildren: Jasmine and Nehemiah and a gang of nieces, nephews and a host of family members and friends.
I have fought a good fight, finished my course, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
I love you all until we meet again.
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