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Maxine Elizabeth Frix Buckley

b. 19 May 1908 - Charlotte, Mecklenburg, NC
m. 8 Aug 1931 - Severn Cross Roads, Anne Arundel, MD
d. 15 Feb 1999 - Richmond, VA
 

Maxine Elizabeth Frix Buckley, born 19 May 1908 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg, NC, was the second of four children born to James Brownlee Frix and his wife, Hattie Warlick Payne.

Her older brother was Alton Glenn Frix, born 15 Jan 1905, also in Charlotte.

Her sister, Alice Brownlee Frix, arrived in Charlotte on 9 July 1910.

When she was four years old, Maxine was bitten by a rattlesnake.  Her father saved her life until the doctor arrived, by cutting the bite with his knife, sucking the poison, and spitting it out on the ground.  Fortunately, he did not have an open sore in his mouth.

When Maxine was eight years old, her family moved from Eagle Springs, NC to Richmond, VA.  When Maxine was eight years old, her family moved from Eagle Springs, NC to Richmond, VA.  They arrived on St. Patrick's Day of 1915.  She always liked to point out the old train station where they came whenever we would pass it on the Interstate.  She always liked to point out the old train station where they came whenever we would pass it on the Interstate.

1902 - James and Hattie

1911 - NC
Maxine at 3

What a cute little doll baby!

On March 24, 1920, James and Hattie's fourth and last child was born in Richmond, VA.  She was named simply Frances Frix.

1916 - Richmond, VA
Maxine Elizabeth Frix -
 b. 19 May 1908;
and her sister,
Alice Brownlee Frix -
b. 9 July 1910

Maxine hated the
fashionable big hair bows;
Alice loved them.

1918 - Richmond, VA
Maxine at 10 in costume for a school play. 

This was one of her favorite photographs of herself.

 

1920 - Richmond, VA

Maxine - age 12; Alice - age 10

About 1923 - Richmond, VA

Maxine and her friends enjoying their chocolate candy bars

The first two are presently unidentified; the last two are Skee Coleman and Maxine.

When she was fourteen, Maxine met the apple of her eye, Robert Buckley.  He was exactly seven months older than she was.  They fell in love, and waited all through high school, college, and medical school before marrying. Robert and Maxine were graduated from John Marshall High School in 1925.  They both went to the University of Richmond.  She attended Westhampton College for one year.  . Robert finished Richmond College, graduating in 1929, just months before the stock market crash which heralded the Great Depression.  He still had four years of medical school at the Medical College of Virginia to go before they planned to marry

About 1924 - Richmond, VA

Frances, Alice, unidentified, and Maxine

Fall of 1924
John Marshall High School
Richmond, VA

Maxine at 16

 

1925 - Richmond, VA

Alice, Hattie, James, Alton and Maxine

1925 - Richmond, VA

James, Alton, and Maxine

1926 - C.F. Sauer Company Picnic

Five unidentified Sauer's Extracts employees and Maxine - age 18

 

 

1931- Richmond, VA
Maxine at 23

 

On August 8, 1931, Robert and Maxine decided they had waited long enough, and eloped to Severn Cross Roads in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  They kept the marriage secret, and claimed they were married two years later to the day.  The family never caught on!

Wedding Portrait - 06 Aug 1931
Severn Cross Roads,
Anne Arundel, MD

Robert - age 23; and
Maxine - age 23

1933 - Foster Studios, Richmond, VA
Maxine at 25

1933 - Foster Studios, Richmond, VA
Maxine at 25

Margaret Ann Buckley, the couple's first child, was born on 6 Aug 1935 in Richmond, VA.  When she was three days old, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage which left her severely retarded.  Although no cause was ever given, in her own mind she blamed it on the Nembutal she was given during labor.  She never again allowed herself to be given drugs during childbirth - and these were the days before the Lamaze method was widely practiced.  She was one tough cookie! Robert and Maxine's second daughter,
Eleanor Bruce Buckley, was born in
Richmond, VA on
26 July 1941. 
They were 33 years old.

Robert served as the Regimental Surgeon for the famed 29th Division during World War II.  He returned home in Sep 1945, having been gone three years.
1943 - Foster Studios,
Richmond, VA
Maxine at 35
Maxine's beloved mother, Hattie Warlick Payne Frix, passed away in Richmond, VA on 23 Sep 1943 of stomach cancer complicated by heart disease at the age of 63.    

On Saturday, August 30, 1947 in Richmond, VA, Maxine and Robert had their third daughter,
Carol Randolph Buckley. 

They were both 39 - and she was a planned birth!

 

Sep 1943
(following Hattie's funeral)
Richmond, VA

James Brownlee Frix -
b. 17 Apr 1877;
Frances Frix -
b. 24 Mar 1920;
Eleanor Bruce Buckley -
 b. 26 July 1941;
Maxine Elizabeth Frix Buckley -
 b. 19 May 1908;
Margaret Ann Buckley -
b. 6 Aug 1935;
Grace Eugenia Jones Frix -
b. 25 Aug 1911;
Alton Glenn Frix, Jr. -
 b. 27 Dec 1938;
Alice Brownlee Frix Booth -
b. 9 July 1910;
John Clarke Booth, III -
b. 10 May 1939

 

Fall of 1943 - 5005 Caledonia Road, Richmond, VA

Maxine and Margaret Ann Buckley
(b. 6 Aug 1935)

 

1944 - 5005 Caledonia Road, Richmond, VA

Maxine - b. 19 May 1908;

Margaret - b. 6 Aug 1935;

Eleanor - b. 26 July 1941

 

Maxine's beloved father, James Brownlee Frix, passed away in Richmond, VA on 09 Nov 1950 of congestive heart failure complicated by emphysema at the age
of 73.

Eleanor followed her parents' example, and eloped.  She and  Forbes Rennie Dick were married in Elizabeth City, NC on 7 Dec 1957.   The marriage lasted ten years. Birth of first grandchild!  Sharon Denise Dick ("Shari') was born to Eleanor and Rennie on
15 Nov 1959
in Newport News, VA.

1949 - Richmond, VA

Maxine, Eleanor and Carol

Christmas Day, 1953

2206 Fourth Avenue,
Highland Park, Richmond, VA

On Monday, 25 Apr 1960, Robert suffered a massive coronary thrombosis, and died within minutes only a half-hour after arriving home from work.  Maxine always said he was killed in the war; it just took him fifteen years to die.
He was buried in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, VA.
As soon as Shari learned to talk, she insisted on calling Maxine, "Baba" - and the name stuck.  It would be several years before we were to learn that it actually meant "Grandmother" or simply "old woman" in several Slavic languages.   Baba was so much fun that Carol's friends from high school would ask her to accompany them whenever possible.  Several of them would pile into her little Renault Dauphine and go "cruising" on Friday nights - much to the consternation of the passing boys - and the delight of the girls inside! Birth of second grandchild! 
Renee Michelle Dick was born to Eleanor and Rennie on Valentine's Day of 1963 in Newport News, VA.
Mother's Day 1962
1353 Roanoke Avenue,
Stuart Gardens,
Newport News, VA
  Birth of first grandson! 
Eleanor and Rennie were blessed with
Kevin Rennie Dick,
 born 20 Mar 1964
in Newport News, VA.
  On 24 Mar 1967, Maxine was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Hampton, VA, having been a Methodist all her life.  She was almost 59 years old.

Sunday, March 1, 1969

112 Stevens Road
 Denbigh, VA

Baba - Age 60
Carol - Age 21

On 6 Mar 1969 in Norfolk, VA, Eleanor was married to George Miles Nowitzky, Jr.  Baba picked up two more grandsons, Chip and Norman.   Carol was married on Friday, 15 Aug 1969 to
Paul Hampton Harty, Jr.
in the LDS Temple in
Salt Lake City, UT.
 
   

Sunday, 5 July 1970
Norfolk, VA
Maxine - age 62

Birth of another grandson!  Lewis Franklin Harty was born to Carol and Paul on Tuesday, 13 Oct 1970 in Portsmouth, VA    
 

Halloween 1970 
Norfolk, VA

The first trick-or-treater of the evening, a little girl, came this night.  When Baba answered the door dressed like this, she went flying out the door screaming, "Don't go in there!  There's a wicked witch inside!" 
And no one came back all evening!

Sunday, 27 Dec 1970 
Richmond, VA

Maxine - age 62
 Lewis - age 2-1/2 months
Carol - age 23

 

Monday, 24 May 1971
Norfolk, VA

Baba - age 63 years and five days
Lewis - age seven months and eleven days

 

Another grandson! 
Brent Leander Harty
was born to
Carol and Paul on
Friday, 21 Apr 1972 in
Cape Girardeau, MO.
Another grandson!  Randolph Tuck Harty
was born to
Carol and Paul on
Wednesday, 12 June 1974 in Chaffee, MO.
In early 1975, Alice's beloved husband, Mike, injured himself in a bad fall.  While he was in the hospital, Baba went to Arlington to stay with Alice for moral support.  When Mike passed away a month later, Baba moved in permanently with her sister.

Saturday, 19 Aug 1972 
Norfolk, VA

Baba - age 64 years
Brent - almost four months
Lewis - 22 months

Tues., 23 July 1974

Baba - age 66; Randolph - age six weeks; Lewis - age 3-3/4; Brent - age 2-1/4

Also in 1975, Maxine was the first temple worker called from the Norfolk, VA Stake to serve in the new Washington LDS Temple in Kensington, MD.  She served a five year mission there, working Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and loved every minute
of it.
Another grandson! 
Joshua Scott Harty
was born to
Carol and Paul on
Monday, 21 Mar 1977 in Ste. Genevieve, MO.
 

27 Jan 1975
5037-12th Street, South
Arlington, VA 22204

Washington LDS Temple
Kensington, MD

 
   

In 1979, Baba and Alice moved to 9309 Overhill Road, Richmond, VA.

They were both members of the William Byrd Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, where they pursued their passion for genealogy.   The two sisters devoted an enormous amount of time toward gathering donations for the DAR Mountain School.  This effort demanded that they spend practically every Saturday attending yard sales - a hobby they both loved.

About 1977

Maxine's North Carolina State Archives ID Card

Saturday, 24 Sep 1977
St. Louis, MO

Lewis - age almost 7
Baba - age 69

Oct or Nov 1977

This is one of the best Baba pictures
 - the Quintessential Baba !

 What else could bring such a light to her face as not one, but two ice cream sundaes?!?

 

19 May 1978 - Arlington, VA
Baba's 70th Birthday (I think...)

This was Baba's favorite picture of herself.

 

Another grandson!  Nathaniel Joseph Harty was born to
Carol and Paul on Wednesday, 5 Sep 1979
in Crystal City,  MO.

Sunday, 16 Sep 1979 - Otto, MO

Joshua, Paul, Lewis, Brent, Carol, Nathaniel, Randolph,
and Maxine

 

Wed., 7 Nov 1979
Lambert International Airport
St. Louis, MO

Carol, Baba, Nathaniel, and Lewis

 

 

15 Nov 1980 - Richmond, VA

 

15 Nov 1980 - Richmond, VA
The Three Frix Sisters:

Maxine Elizabeth Frix Buckley
b. 19 May 1908 (age 72);

Frances Frix Atkinson
b. 24 Mar 1920 (age 60);

Alice Brownlee Frix Booth
b. 9 July 1910 (age 70)

   

Thanksgiving Day,
November 27, 1980
9309 Overhill Road
Richmond, VA 23220

The Four Frix Children

Alton Glenn Frix
b. 15 Jan 1905 (age 75);

Maxine Elizabeth Frix Buckley
b. 19 May 1908 (age 72);

Frances Frix Atkinson
b. 24 Mar 1920 (age 60);

Alice Brownlee Frix Booth
b. 9 July 1910 (age 70)

Thanksgiving Day,
November 27, 1980
9309 Overhill Road
Richmond, VA 23220

The Four Frix Children

Alton Glenn Frix
b. 15 Jan 1905 (age 75);

Maxine Elizabeth Frix Buckley
b. 19 May 1908 (age 72);

Frances Frix Atkinson
b. 24 Mar 1920 (age 60);

Alice Brownlee Frix Booth
b. 9 July 1910 (age 70)

Wednesday, 27 May 1981
Washington LDS Temple
Kensington, MD 

November 1982
Washington LDS Temple
Kensington, MD 

Maxine - age 74

 

Christmas Day, 1982
 3741 Ingle Circle
Norfolk, VA

This is another favorite image of Baba.  She's holding Carol's  Christmas present to her, a crewel embroidery pillow she made honoring their beloved pet, Bunny.

  Another grandson! 
Dale Hampton  Harty
was born to
Carol and Paul on Wednesday, 4 Jan 1984
in St. Louis,  MO.

New Year's Eve, 1982
Hampton National Cemetery,
Hampton, VA

Brent - age 10-1/2;
Carol - age 35;
Joshua - age 5-1/2;
Randolph - age 8-1/2;
 Lewis - age 12;
Baba - age 74-1/2;
Nathaniel - age 3

Sunday, 7 Oct 1984
2315 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

Eleanor, Miles, Baba, Paul and Carol

Sunday, 9 Dec 1984 
3741 Ingle Circle
Norfolk, VA

Maxine with Eleanor's dog, Sampson

Wednesday, 6 Feb 1985
9309 Overhill Road
Richmond, VA 23229

Baba - age 76
 Dale - age 13 months

After 24 years, another granddaughter! 
Adrienne Helene Harty
was born to
Carol and Paul
in Hillsboro, IL on Thursday, 30 July 1987. 
It was exactly one month before Carol's 40th birthday.
 

 

Baba's only brother, Alton Glenn Frix, passed away 2 Oct 1988 in Richmond, VA at the age of 82, following a short battle with cancer. 

No one ever recalled hearing Alton say an unkind or unpleasant word about anyone for any reason.  What a remarkable legacy!

Saturday, 3 Aug 1985
Colony, VA
Margaret's 50th Birthday Party

Eleanor - age 44;
 Margaret - age 50 (minus 3 days!); Maxine - age 77;
 Carol - age 38 (almost);


This was the first time we had all four been together since June of 1961!

 

Tuesday, October 13, 1987
501 Hillsboro Street
Taylor Springs, IL 62089

Brent - age 15-1/2
 Baba - age 79

3 Nov 1990 - Litchfield, IL
Maxine and her two youngest granddaughters at Lewis and Mary's wedding reception

 Adrienne - age 3
Renee - age 27;
Maxine - age 82

Nov 1990
501 Hillsboro Street
Taylor Springs, IL 62089

Maxine - age 82
Carol's kitten, Nephi - QUITE young! Adrienne -age 3

Sunday, 13 Oct 1991
Driving home to Taylor Springs after O'Fallon IL LDS Stake Conference

Maxine - age 83
 Adrienne - age 4

June 1992
2315 Monument Avenue Richmond, VA 23220

Back Row - Randolph, Paul,
and Joshua;
Middle Row - Baba, Nathaniel, and Carol;
Front Row - Adrienne and Dale

Friday, 30 Oct 1992
501 Hillsboro Street
Taylor Springs, IL 62089

"Baba the Clown"
on Halloween First Night

 

 

Our beautiful Baba died on 15 Feb 1999 in University Park Nursing Home,
2420 Pemberton Road, Richmond, VA.
At almost 91, she was survived by her three daughters, eleven grandchildren and twenty great - grandchildren.
The family has grown
since that time.
Her death certificate lists the cause of death as gastrointestinal bleeding due to colitis.
She was buried next to her husband in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, VA on
19 Feb 1999.

 

 

Sunday, 29 Nov 1992
501 Hillsboro Street
Taylor Springs, IL 62089

A family favorite!

Baba with an unfinished dragon sculpture made by Brent for one of his art classes at SIU in Carbondale.

Friday, December 11, 1992 
501 Hillsboro Street
Taylor Springs, IL 62089

"Mountain Man Baba" - age 84

Another great family favorite!

Saturday, October 4, 2003
Hampton National Cemetery,
Hampton, VA
Saturday, October 4, 2003
Hampton National Cemetery,
Hampton, VA
Baba's beloved sister,
Alice Brownlee Frix Booth,
passed away on
26 Mar 2002
in Clearwater, FL
at the age of 92.
Precious Truths The Baba Taught Us

The Golden Rule

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

(see Matthew 7:12)

 

"I expect to pass through this world but once.  Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature, let me do it now.  Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

~ Stephen Grellet
(1773 - 1855)

"I shall not pass this way again;
Then let me now relieve some pain,
Remove some barrier from the road,
Or brighten someone's heavy load."

~ Eva Rose York
 (1858 - ?)

 

"If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain; 
If I can ease one life the Aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again,
I shall not live in vain."

~ Emily Dickenson
(1830 - 1886)

"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can."

John Wesley
(1703 - 1791)

 

"Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow."

~ Abraham Lincoln
(1809 - 1865)

 

"What is success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people  and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden path or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803 - 1882)

"Strike me down now, and I shall return more
powerful than
you can
possibly imagine."

~ Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi

 


 

I Am a Child of God, p.301 - Naomi W. Randall ( 1957 LDS)

  1. I am a child of God, And he has sent me here.
    Has given me an earthly home With parents kind and dear.
    Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, Help me find the way.
    Teach me all that I must do To live with him someday.
     

  2. I am a child of God, And so my needs are great;
    Help me to understand his words Before it grows too late.
    Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, Help me find the way. 
    Teach me all that I must do To live with him someday.
     

  3. I am a child of God. Rich blessings are in store;
    If I but learn to do his will I'll live with him once more.
    Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, Help me find the way.
    Teach me all that I must do To live with him someday.
     

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"I Am a Child of God" midi courtesy of http://people.uleth.ca/~anderson/csb/csb002.mid, sequenced by Doran Anderson.
"I Am a Child of God" lyrics courtesy of http://people.uleth.ca/~anderson/hymns/301.htm.


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