In Memory of

Maxine Ford

Full Name: Vera Maxine Ford
Date of Birth: April 12, 1928
Date of Death: September 10, 2018
September 14, 2018 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Cuba
Service Information:
September 15, 2018 - 10:30 AM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Cuba

Smithfield- Vera Maxine (Little) Ford, 90, of Smithfield, passed away peacefully in her sleep September 10, 2018 at her home.

Maxine was born April 12, 1928 to Lee and Letha Mae (Henderson) Little in Canton, IL. She married Henry H. Ford on February 15, 1947 in Keokuk, IA. He preceded her in death on November 21, 1984. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Jo Ann Bishop, one brother, one sister, one granddaughter, and one great granddaughter. Her survivors include four sons, Dr. Harold (Arlene) Ford of Geneseo, Lee (Linda) Ford of Smithfield, Henry Alan (Sue) Ford of Lewistown, and Robert (Cindy) Ford of Forrest, one daughter, Carolyn (Kenneth) English of Bushnell, one son-in-law, Harold Bishop of Cable, OH; and one sister, Dorothy Burnett of Canton. She greatly enjoyed her 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and 3 step grandchildren.

Maxine was a member of the Smithfield Brock United Methodist Church, a board member of the Cuba Senior Center, and was active in the Red Brick School of Smithfield. She was an avid cookie cutter collector, and a member of the National Cookie Cutter Collector Club. She was adamant about hand quilting each grandchild, great grandchild and great-great grandchild their own baby quilt. She enjoyed games of all kinds, especially cards, and country and bluegrass music.

Services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba where visitation will be held Friday from 5-7 PM. Burial will be in Howard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cuba Senior Center or the Red Brick School. To view Maxine’s life tribute or to send condolences visit

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From: AliceSep 11 2018 4:18PM
I have such good memories of times with Maxine: at Senior Conferences in Champaign; being wined and dined by the U of I in Springfield; of her quilting and sewing with us.  Her spirit was indomitable; her laugh was contagious; and she will always have a place in my heart.
God be with you.
Alice Kuzniar
From: Dan & Cathy GasparovicSep 11 2018 4:40PM
We are so sorry for your loss.  You all are in our thoughts and prayers.  God Bless you all!
From: Tom & Linda SteeleSep 11 2018 7:02PM
We are very sorry to hear about Vera Maxine Ford's passing. We are close friends with Harold and Arlene and we have heard many wonderful stories about Harold's mother and her family. Thankfully, she enjoyed a great life and was surrounded by a loving family - 29  grandchildren - that is GRAND! Thankfully, she passed peacefully in her sleep. Our thoughts and our prayers are with the entire family. With love,

Tom and Linda Steele
From: John ShaverSep 11 2018 7:27PM
Maxine was like a second Grandma to me and my siblings over the years, especially after our Grandma, Mary McCance passed away.  Anyone from our family visiting relatives in Illinois always stayed at Maxine's house.  It was just expected by her, and she wouldn't take no for an answer.  My children had the privilege and honor to get to know Maxine as well, and wrote letters and greeting cards back and forth with her for several years.  If there were ANY questions about someone's genealogy or who was related to who, and how, no matter which side of the family, Maxine was the one to ask, and her memory for the details was truly remarkable.  My Mom, Linda Shaver always loved staying with Maxine when she would be back to visit and they enjoyed going many places together, as recently as just a few weeks ago.  Her stories from the past were very entertaining and extremely interesting, since she left out no details with her incredible memory.  One common theme seemed to be how proud she was of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  All of us loved Maxine for so many reasons and she truly was a wonderful, loving, kind-hearted, beautiful Lady that none of us will ever forget.  Many prayers are going up for the entire family, and many blessings are being remembered from knowing this wonderful Lady, Maxine Ford.
From: John and Linda OlsenSep 13 2018 12:53AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of sadness and loss.  Maxine leaves a wonderful legacy in her children, grandchildren, great granchildren and even great great grandchildren. She will be missed.
From: Marilyn and Dale HendersonSep 13 2018 9:10PM
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Maxine's family. She will be missed. Glad we got to see you this past July.
From: Roberta Sherman WhiteSep 14 2018 11:22AM
The community was saddened to hear the home going of Maxine. Was privileged to know her thru the Cuba Senior Center . She was brilliant seamstress . Good sense of humor .hold onto the good memories .
From: Roberta Sherman WhiteSep 14 2018 11:23AM
The community was saddened to hear the home going of Maxine. Was privileged to know her thru the Cuba Senior Center . She was brilliant seamstress . Good sense of humor .Hold onto the good memories .
From: Vic & Marianne PilkingtonSep 14 2018 7:07PM
   I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Maxine. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
From: CHARLOTTE LAFARYSep 15 2018 10:10AM
From: Jeana M BenhamSep 17 2018 7:24PM
Jeana and I are very sorry for maxine's passing she was a good friend and we will miss her
From: Sarah BrahmstedtSep 25 2018 8:21AM
We hope memories comfort you, at this time of loss.  I remember playing baseball on Sunday afternoons at the Ford home, when I was a child.  There were always cookies to keep us going.  Fortunately, we were able to see Maxine, when she attended Mother's 90th birthday celebration, four years ago.  Sadly, we read the paper on Saturday evening, learning of Maxine's passing, after the visitation and service were over.  Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Sarah Brahmstedt and Zella Lee
From: Howard (Danny) SoperOct 14 2018 6:47AM
So surprised of Maxine's passing-prayers to the whole family-enjoyed square dancing with her when she was at Skirt and Shirt Square Dance Club in Canton.Danny Soper.

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