|Maxine H. Eagle, 95, of Elizabeth, West Virginia, passed away December 27, 2011 at Harmar Place, Marietta, OH.|
She was born on the Hickman Farm, Wirt County, WV on Feb. 13, 1916. She was the second of two daughters born to John and Genevra (Kidwell) Hickman.
Maxine received her elementary education at Owl Hill, a one-room Wirt County School. She graduated from Wirt County High School in 1934; and enrolled at Glenville State Teachers College from which she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She received her Master's Degree in Education from West Virginia University and also completed Post Graduate courses at Marshall University in Huntington, WV and Ohio State University located at Columbus, OH.
Maxine was first employed by Wirt County Board of Education in 1936 to teach at the Owl Hill Grade School. She also taught at Bell, Cool Springs, Cedar Hill, Burning Springs, Elizabeth Grade School, and Wirt County High School. After teaching twenty-three years in West Virginia, Maxine proceeded to Columbus City Schools in Ohio where she taught another twenty-seven years before retiring in 1986.
Her interests through the years varied, but included: quilting, calligraphy, photography, and macramé. Also like so many of her ancestors, she maintained an interest in writing and in 1987 published her first poetry book. A second book of poetry was published in 2010 and contained her work and introduced several new authors.
She had been a long time member of Owl Hill United Methodist Church and attended New Life Gospel Center. Maxine also found the time to be supportive of civic and fraternal organizations. She was member of the Wirt County Retired School Personnel and a forty year member of Eastern Star.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, Glenn E. Eagle and her only sister, Marjorie Copen.
She is survived by her "foster" daughter, Margeret Ullom, nephew, Roy H. Copen (Donna), nieces, Adith Spencer (Duane), and Ann Harris; special cousins, Roger McCauley and Sallie Linscott and their families. Maxine will also be fondly remembered by a host of former students and special friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, 6 to 8 pm with services Friday, December 29, 2011 at 11:00 am at Matheny-Whited funeral home. Interment will be at Owl Hill Church Cemetery.
The family requests memorial donations be made to a charity of choice.