Maxine Irene Smith
Maxine Irene Smith
March 20, 1927 – July 26, 2020
Maxine Irene McMurtry Smith passed away on July 26. Maxine was born in Kansas City to her parents Micajah and Angeline McMurtry. She grew up on the East Side of the city, graduating from East High School in 1944 and attending Mount St. Scholastica College. She met Lloyd Smith just before his deployment to the Pacific, and wrote to him throughout—they married on Sept. 1, 1945 and celebrated their 72nd Anniversary in Prairie Village, where they lived for 70 years. She and Lloyd were active members of Prairie Baptist Church, where Maxine served on various committees over the decades.
She was a great mom, wife, and grandma dedicated to her family. She served as troop leader for her daughter Pat’s girl scout troop from Brownie to Senior Scouts, served on the PTA, and never missed one of John’s games, even if she needed a poncho for the rain. Her 3 grandsons and 7 great grandchildren knew her as “Grandma Max.” She loved being a part of their lives and watching them grow. Reflecting on her large family late in life, she concluded “I didn’t do too bad for an only child!”
Maxine kept in touch with family and friends near and far throughout her life, sending letters with all the news from Kansas City. Her neighbors and friends could always expect one of her famous Rum cakes around the holidays.
Maxine loved sports, especially baseball. She wouldn’t miss a single at-bat of a Royals season if she could help it. She was also a devout fan of KU basketball and, of course, the Chiefs.
She had a talent for just about any game or puzzle she encountered, and was even a bit competitive. Maxine would play hours of Yahtzee with her mom, Gin Rummy with Lloyd and close friends, and completed her crossword puzzle daily.
Maxine remembered everything—she could recount the details of most any event, which was evident in her letters and her crossword skills! She kept close records of family genealogy, on her side of the family and Lloyd’s.
Maxine was a world traveler. Whether it was a trip to the Lake for some fishing, shopping in Istanbul or Hong Kong, or a girls’ trip to Hawaii, she was always up for an adventure. If you were heading out on a trip, she would probably have a few tips about your destination!
She enjoyed planning and attending parties, especially a polka dance. Nothing topped her Hawaiian-themed 50th Wedding Anniversary party with Lloyd and a few hundred friends and family.
Maxine is preceded in death by her father Micajah McMurtry and mother Angeline McMurtry; her husband Lloyd H. Smith; daughter Patricia Sabath, and daughter-in-law Peggy Smith.
She is survived by her son John Smith; son-in-law Richard Sabath; grandsons Rick Sabath (Jennifer), Michael Sabath (Heather), and Jamie Smith (Caitlin); her seven great grandchildren Brett, Emma, Drew, Lydia, Riley, Abby, and Chloe; sister-in-law Delores Olson, nephew Bill Olson and niece Linda Morgandale (Frank).
The family will gather for a celebration of life in the future. Memorial contributions may be made to Royals Charities / Royals Respond Fund.