Maxine Smith, 96, of Orange, died Wednesday, Dec. 22.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Dr. Andrew Pate of First Christian Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Born in Orange, on May 15, 1914, Maxine was the daughter of Joseph Malcolm “Jack” and Bertha Velora (Perez) Hunt. She worked for many years as a secretary with Gulf States, and then later at DERA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey ?Hick? Smith; sister, Juanita “Boots” Anderson; and brothers, Wynne Hunt and Sonny Hunt.

Maxine is survived by her sister-in-law, Ramona Hunt of Orange; nieces and nephews, Stephen and Sonya Hunt of Houston, Jack Anderson of Beaumont, Judy and Joel Lopez of San Antonio, Nancy Boggan of Houston, Ann and Gene Pipes of Houston, Jim and Julia Lake of Leander, David and Mikki Hunt of Bedford; great-nieces and nephew who served as caregivers during the final 2 years of her life, Jaclyn Moore of Orange, Nicole Marble of Beaumont, and Adam Anderson of Beaumont; many great-nieces and nephews too numerous to mention; and her close friend, Sheryl Myers of Orange.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Frank Moore, Shelton Moore, Lucas Moore, Johnny Waller, Joel Lopez, and Josh Marble.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Humane Society of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, TX 77704.

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