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YOUNGSTOWN Hattie Luella Maxwell, 96, of 172 W. Warren Ave., departed this life Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at 6:20 p.m. at the Hospice House, following a brief illness.
She was born Nov. 4, 1917, in Greenville, S.C., the daughter of Napoleon and Lillian Donald Rogers, coming to the area in 1942.
Mrs. Maxwell was a devoted homemaker, owner of Maxwell Escort Service from 1976 to 1983, transporting senior citizens and worked at the Ravenna Arsenal.
She was a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church, the NAACP, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. She was a 1935 graduate of Sterling High School.
She married Lee O. Maxwell in 1936, and he died in 1985.
She leaves to mourn two sons, William Maxwell of Youngstown and Wayne (Brenda) Maxwell of Nashville, Tenn.; four daughters, Apostle Patricia Harris of Boardman, Mrs. Lillian (Michael) Bannarn and Deaconess Pauline (Mark) Lott, both of Liberty Township and Mrs. Dorothy Moore of Austintown; 22 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Leoda Maxwell; two sons, Lee O. Maxwell Jr. and Grady Maxwell; one foster son, Clyde Hudson; one brother, Raymond Rogers; and two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Tarpley and Mrs. Sarah Talley.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the New Bethel Baptist Church.
Calling hours will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to service.
Burial will be at Tod Homestead Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at 172 West Warren Avenue.
Professional arrangements of comfort were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Youngstown Funeral Home.