Maxine's Story

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Maxine Elsie Sincock Holder born April 24, 1939 passed from this life to eternal glory Saturday March 4, 2017. Married to Marshall V. Holder for 59 years, 2 months & 2 weeks, which she claimed her heels were clicking the floor like a salsa dancer. Their love produced two daughters, Shelley Holder-Norman-Echtle and Laura Holder Graham, respectively. The two girls provided 7 grandchildren of whom Mrs. Holder was very proud of; Jennifer Norman-Welch, Stephanie Norman-Murphy, Brett Graham, Carissa Graham, Jacob Norman, Landon Graham, and Reese Graham. She had nine great-grand children.
One of her crowning achievements was founding Inspirational Writers Alive! March of 1990, for aspiring Christian writers which eventually formed chapters all across America. As founder, she started her group of 15 in Pasadena, Texas in her living room, and carried it forward as chapters sprang up all over Houston, other areas, and eventually into other states. Mrs. Holder was invited to speak on multiple occasions for her expertise in writing.
Another highlight of her life was being featured on the front cover of Guideposts magazine in May 1998. Maxine told the story of her getting stuck inside the fencing of an emu-pen and being unable to get out. She suffered a heat stroke and heat sickness, but eventually made her way out after hours of sun scorching heat. Her story was presented with many photos of she and Edgar, their beloved spunky emu.
Her grandchildren recall how granny made them pint-sized furniture which they had in their homes, how she played a mean game of scrabble, and how she came to their PTA fair, girl scouts, and attended little league games. Each daughter had their own memories. The oldest recalled how she helped her to sell lingerie at the Houston Wedding Expo, enjoyed rubber stamping to make home made cards, and was a great help with a fruit and vegetable co-op where they enjoyed the best produce. "She always supported my business adventures, and enjoyed sewing for my children" Shelley stated. Later, Mom planted her own garden at her Rusk Texas estate. She brought in bountiful supplies of vegetables that she shared with others and preserved for her family. Laura recalled "how mom made my clothes, even sewed clothes for my dolls and Barbie's, and helping raise three pairs of emus in my backyard which multiplied quickly into 23-7' giants. "She enjoyed baking Christmas cookies while dancing in the kitchen," hence the grandkids loved going to granny's. She enjoyed an array of arts and crafting.
Mrs. Holder's life can be summarized as a devout Nazarene Christian, serving her local church alongside her husband, and being a fun employee at the Wal-Mart in Jacksonville. Her legacy will be carried forward by her doting husband, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The family will accept guests at a viewing on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Boren Conner Funeral Home at 750 S. Jackson Street, Jacksonville, Texas.
Memories will be shared at her funeral at Jacksonville Nazarene Church, 1709 Beaumont Street, at
1 p.m. On Friday, March 10, 2017.
The family welcomes friends to attend the burial at the Starr Cemetery on Hwy 19 in Elkhart, Texas although it is a drive from the church. Flowers may be sent to Boren Conner Funeral Home or send funds to the charity of your choice.
Published on March 8, 2017
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