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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Maxine Van Orden

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  • Funeral services for Maxine Van Orden, 70, of Davis, will be held 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at the Crossway First Baptist Church of Sulphur with Pastor Bill Leveridge officiating. Interment will follow at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Sulphur.
    Maxine was born Aug. 5, 1943, in Tulsa to the late Samuel P. and Vivian T. (Reese) Billups. She died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at her daughter's home in Waco, Texas, after a brief illness.
    Maxine was raised in Sulphur by her grandmother, Mildred Reese. In 1959 she married Jimmy Ledford and moved to Athens, Ga., where they had two daughters, Regina and Carla. She returned to Sulphur in 1966 and worked for Norwood's Café & Dove's Drive Inn. In 1967 she went to work as a dorm parent at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf where she retired after 23 years of service.
    Maxine married the love of her life Jerry Van Orden on April 10, 1975, in Ada and spent 34 wonderful years by his side until his death in 2009.
    In her spare time she enjoyed reading, playing Canasta with her special friends, painting, crocheting and getting her hair fixed every week at Charlotte's.
    Survivors include her daughter, Carla Price and husband, Alec of Waco; step-daughter, Debra Van Orden of Davis; step-son, Leonard Van Orden of Sulphur; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; as well as, one brother, Danny Joe Billups and wife, Teresa of El Paso.
    Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Van Orden; parents, Vivian and Samuel Billups; daughter, Regina Davis; grandmother, Mildred Reese; and step-son, David Van Orden.
    Services are under the direction of Hale's Funeral Home of Davis.
    Online condolences may be offered at halesfuneralhomes.com.
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