Maxine Patin, age 82, peacefully went home to the Lord on July 24, 2017, after several years of declining health. Born in Paint Rock, Concho County, Texas on June 16, 1935, Dorothy Maxine Patin was the eldest daughter of Claby Vernon Allgood and Agnes Earle Humphries. She was preceded in death by her parents and in 2011 by her sister Vernell Deslatte. A recent resident of Sabine Place in Orange, she and her devoted husband Les Patin had lived on Manley Circle in Orange for 55 years. She leaves behind her husband of 66 years and love of her life, Les Patin, daughter Sherry Mallory and husband Johnny of Orange, Eva Sealey and husband Billy of Flint, Texas, son Gregg Patin and wife Karen Welch of Orange, and daughter Gina Henry and husband James of Houston. Her grandchildren are Bryan Mallory and wife Leslie of Katy, Rebecca Mallory of Carrollton, Texas, Sarah DeBlanc and husband Mathew of Lantana, Texas, step grandchildren John and wife Jame Sealey and Stephanie Sealey and husband Kris Ayers of Tyler, Brian Patin and wife Amy of Andrews, Texas, April Hobby, Seth Patin, and step grandson Michael Welch all of Orange, Amy Snipes and husband Larri of Vidor, Sandy Shelton of Houston, step grandchildren Kristen Henry of Giddings, and Quentin Dearing of Reynosa, New Mexico. She also leaves behind seven great grandsons and nine great granddaughters. She met the love of her life at a dance when she was 14. She married her love, Leslie Patin, in 1951 and was a Navy wife through the Korean War. Stationed in Boston, she made a home there until they moved back to the Golden Triangle. With three small children and expecting a fourth, they moved to Orange in 1962 to avoid icy Rainbow Bridge commutes for Les’ job at Dupont. She and Les played golf and participated in bowling leagues. Along with playing bridge, they enjoyed camping and travel when time and health allowed. Maxine enjoyed flowers and belonged to a garden club. A creative, common sense and practical lady, Maxine loved decorating her home and creating something beautiful out of what seemed like nothing. She was known for her cooking skills and beautiful crafts. Her artistic talents in various mediums were endless and that legacy has been passed down to her children and grandchildren. She and her husband Les were long time members of Community Church in Orange and enjoyed serving various ministries there. She ministered to young women by teaching them to cook and sew for their families. Famous for her hugs, she loved being a greeter. She and Les also were praying elders for years and hosted and led a small care group in their home until her health began to decline. Because she demonstrated true color blindness and love for all people, her door was always open and the welcome mat was out. Maxine’s gift of mercy shone brightly and she enjoyed visiting with and praying for people.The philosophy was that anyone who entered their home would receive prayer, and even up to the end, every visitor to her room and all medical personnel were recipients of faithful believing prayer. She treasured relationships with friends and family. Maxine’s youthful spirit and unending belief in the goodness of God’s promises strengthened her through good times and bad and inspired a sense of hope in people who knew her. Even in sickness, she encouraged others. Her family is grateful for the loving care and support of the staff at Sabine Place in Orange and for the tender care of Heart of Texas Hospice. Her wisdom and loving influence will be truly missed by her family and all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas with Reverend David Wagner officiating. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 p.m., at Fairview Cemetery in Woodville, Texas.Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation of Houston (713) 783-9188 at 602 Sawyer St. Ste. 201 Houston, T 77007 or at www.komen-houston.org.

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