Barbara Maxon Knoxville, TN Barbara Jean (Kelso) Maxon peacefully passed away at home on October 16, 2016 at the age of 81. Born on May 21, 1935 to Charles Edwin Kelso and Georgia Mae (Cunningham) Kelso in Chattanooga, TN, Barbara and her sisters, Betty and Margaret grew up with several pets (including their beloved dog "Spot"). During the three years she attended Powell High School, Barbara was on the cheerleading team and often found inspiration and solace in playing piano. After graduating from Red Bank High School in New Jersey, she began studying to become an English teacher and took several Art courses at the University of Tennessee. Barbara met her to-be husband, Boyd Maxon, on a blind date in June 1955 and talked for twelve hours straight while Boyd said only a few words. Barbara and Boyd married September 1, 1955 and had four children, each born in a different state: Douglas (Connecticut), Carol (Illinois), Patricia (New Jersey), and Margaret (Pennsylvania). After several years of tenderly raising her own children, Barbara baby sat for several Knoxville families including Drs. Marilyn Kallet and Louis Gross, the Markmans, Marilyn and Patrick Roddy, Dr. Beamer, Dr. Bob Shay and wife Ray, Ann and John Styron, and later her granddaughter Christi. Barbara loved to shop for rare collectibles and colored her home with years of stories, wisdom, and eternal happiness. Barbara is preceded in death by her parents; son, Doug Maxon; sister, Margaret (Kelso) Guchemand; and brother-in-law, Ed Brewer. She is survived by her loving, adoring husband of 61 years, Boyd; sister, Betty (Kelso) Brewer; brother-in-law, Jerry Guchemand; daughters, Carol Maxon, Patty (Maxon) Housley, and Margaret Maxon; and grandchildren, Cameron Maxon, Michael Housley, Christi Housley, and Bobbie Wilson. Barbara's family invites you to celebrate her beautiful, inspirational life on Friday, October 21, at Rose Mortuary's Broadway Chapel from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Reverend Alan Price will officiate the service at 7:30 p.m. followed by stories and recollections from Barbara's family. Barbara was a member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church and in lieu of flowers, she desired donations be made to the church's building fund. Family and friends will gather at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Lynnhurst Cemetery for interment services. Please wear bright, cheerful clothing to both services in celebration of Barbara's colorful and happy personality. Online obituary may be viewed and condolences extended at www.rosemortuary.com .
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