L. Maxine Argabrite, 85, longtime resident of Vienna, W.Va., passed away July 15, 2014, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, with family by her side.
She was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Parkersburg, a daughter of the late Audra Brown and Harry Clayton "Clay" Montgomery.
She was a member of Stout Memorial United Methodist Church and was a volunteer for many years at Camden Clark Medical Center. She worked at Johns Manville in Vienna as an executive secretary, from 1959 until she retired in 1982. She was a kind and loving wife, sister, aunt and friend. In the fall and winter months, she loved traveling with her husband, Fleet, to Fort Myers, Fla. They were devoted to each other and shared a bond of love that radiated amongst their family and friends. She loved to walk the beach and collect sea shells, and enjoyed making homemade Christmas ornaments that were as unique and beautiful as she was.
She is survived by her sisters, Mary Ellen (Bob) Wilson of Vienna, W.Va., and Sandra Montgomery of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brother, Larry Montgomery of Vienna, W.Va.; special nieces, Vicki Mueller of Long Valley, N.J., Judy (Phil) Carey of Coraopolis, Pa., Susan Hansche of Fairfax, Va., and Julie Amos of Parkersburg; special nephews, Bob Fielder and wife, Vicki, of Parkersburg and John Hansche of St. Petersburg, Fla.; special great-nephew, Larry Pander and Maxine's two godsons, Adam and Austin Mueller; and many other nieces, nephews and good friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death in 2011 by the love of her life, Fleet Argabrite, with whom she shared 59 years of marriage; stepmother, Rosalia Montgomery; sisters-in-law, Edna Lowe, Francis Allen, Mary Fielder, Betty Allen, Dorothy Argabrite, Nan Jahan and Judy Montgomery; and brothers-in-law, Charles, John and James "Bud" Argabrite.
The family wishes to thank caregivers, Harriet Luftman, Pat Wagoner, Rhonda McBride and Colleen Hinzman, Cindy Deem of TLC In Home Care, and the staff of the memory unit at Emeritus in Marietta. Special thanks to Dr. John Beane and Dr. Barry Louden for their quality of care.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. July 26 at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 3005 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, W.Va., with the Rev. Dr. Paul Russell officiating. Visitation will be from noon until time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association, Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Office, 1218 Market St., Parkersburg, WV 26101 or Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, 3329 Broad St., Parkersburg, WV 26104.
A guestbook is available for sharing online condolences with the family at www.lamberttatman.com