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Obituary for Maxine A. Faley
Each one of us is connected like the pieces of a quilt, and love is the thread that binds us together.Maxine (McCracken) Faley of Albany, Illinois was the daughter of E. Lee McCracken and Muriel (Trout) McCracken. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, an avid sewer and tireless servant to her community. Maxine was granted her angel wings on May 6, 2011. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Maxine had touched in some small way throughout her very memorable life.Maxine found her reward in the love that surrounded her each day of her life " love from her 8 children, 20 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren (with another one on the way). She found love in the close friendships she cherished and the love she found in helping others in life.A tireless worker, Maxine was recognized last month for the 3,000 hours of volunteer work for Mercy Hospital in Clinton and was given the 2011 YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in April for her contributions to the community. Wrote her nominator for that award, "I have known this quiet, unassuming woman for 40 years and have never known her to think she was too busy. She touched so many lives and we are all so much better for it."As an avid seamstress, she has sewn innumerous quilts, heart pillows, lap robes and walker bags for recipients at the hospital, nursing homes and the Crisis Pregnancy Center. When the earthquake devastated Haiti, she even organized her friends and made many dresses for homeless children in that country.In addition to her volunteer work for Mercy Hospital, Maxine was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church, the church"s United Methodist Women, Joy Circle and Friendly Circle. She founded the church"s Willing Workers Circle and participated in two Bible Study groups as well as the church choir. In 2004, Maxine founded the Albany Food Pantry and served as the sole coordinator of that pantry until 2011. She served as the Vice President of the Albany American Legion Auxiliary Post #1079, Secretary of Albany Homemakers and held several offices with the Tri-Township Heritage in Albany. She served as a 4-H and Cub Scout leader, was a long-term member of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, the Albany Book Club and the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. For fun and in her free time, she played cards and solved Sudoku puzzles.Maxine also worked outside of the house in many capacities. She was employed at various times by the Kroger grocery store in Amboy, Illinois; The A&P store in Amboy; The Piggly Wiggly in Dixon, Illinois; The Eagle Food Center in Dixon, Illinois; The Eagle Food Center in Clinton, Iowa; The First Trust and Savings Bank in Albany, Illinois and at Hancock Fabrics in Clinton, Iowa.Maxine left behind a legacy of accomplishments but more importantly, she left behind work that remains uncompleted. Her work was cut short by her battle with cancer. She encourages us all to make a difference every day in the life of another and to pick up where she left off.Maxine is survived by her loving husband, Frank Faley; her sister Marian Hinrichs of Dixon, Illinois; her children: Marda Shane of Loveland, Colorado; Tom Faley of Plymouth, Wisconsin; Ann (Mark) Rex of Dixon, Illinois; Jolene (Gordon) Schaver of Fulton, Illinois; Tim (Kelley) Faley of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Terry (Julia) Faley of Louisville, Kentucky; Lisa (Jon) Balk of Erie, Illinois and close family friend Larry Forbes of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Twenty Grandchildren, Three Step Grandchildren, Thirty-Five Great Grandchildren and Three Step Great Grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Donald Lee (in infancy) and Kenneth McCracken as well as her daughter Sue Schaver.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:00 AM " Thursday " May 12, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Albany. Friends and family given a quilt by Maxine are encouraged to bring them for display and to honor her at the service.OFFICIATING: Pastor Mark CurtisVISITATION 4:00 " 7:00 PM " Wednesday " May 11, 2011 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral HomeINTERMENT Lusk Cemetery " Albany, IL