Elsie Maxine Endicott, 93, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014, at Green Valley Nursing Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Lucien, Oklahoma, with Rev. Ruth Atterberry officiating. Interment will follow in Grace Hill Cemetery. Services are under the direction of BrownDugger Funeral Home in Perry, Oklahoma.
Maxine was the daughter of John A. and Cecil Yowell Schwartz. She was born on September 13, 1920, in Perry, Oklahoma. On March 1, 1942, Maxine married the love of her life, James G. Endicott. To this union four children were born.
Jim was a career soldier in the United States Army. From 1942 to 1968, they moved from post to post to keep the family together during two tours in Germany and one in Okinawa. When he was in Brazil, Korea, and Thailand, Maxine and the children lived in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Maxine had a love of music all her life. She was given piano lessons at age 10. Because of the Great Depression of the 1930s, her parents could only afford lessons for one year. Her repertory consisted of popular songs from all eras as well as traditional hymns. She also loved to sing and could recall the lyrics to songs, even after she developed dementia in old age.
Maxine and Jim lived on the family farm for 35 years. She was a talented seamstress and made many articles of clothing for her daughters. She also enjoyed hand quilting and loved participating in the Whipple Ladies Aid for many years after coming home to Perry to retire in 1968.
Maxine and Jim planted a huge vegetable garden every year and enjoyed sharing their bounty with friends and relatives. In 2003 they bought a house in Perry where they finally did retire.
Maxine and Jim were true partners in life. It is difficult to think of one without the other. Their Christian faith and their family meant everything to them. They were married for more than 70 years.
Maxine is survived by one son, Tim Endicott and his wife, Joan, of Perry two daughters, Karen Bigbee of Perry and Pam Lightfoot and her husband, Jim, of Perry one soninlaw, Ron Crupper of Cleveland, Ohio one sisterinlaw, Maxine Schwartz of Perry eight grandchildren, Rob Bigbee and his wife, Cheryl, of Norman, Oklahoma Linda Bigbee and her husband, Brooks Brandal, of Jacksonville, Florida Laura BigbeeFott and her husband, Galen, of Whites Creek, Tennessee Kevin Crupper and his wife, Keisha, of Albuquerque, New Mexico Keith Crupper of Cleveland, Ohio James Endicott of Brooklyn, New York Stephen Lightfoot and his wife, Sasha, of Woodridge, Virginia Philip Lightfoot and his wife, Lesley, of Rockville, Maryland 14 greatgrandchildren 2 cousins Sara Jo Musick and John Bridal, both of Perry and numerous other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Sharen Crupper, two brothers Bernard and Carlin and one sister Elaine. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lucien, Whipple Ladies Aid, and United Methodist Women.
Memorials may be made to Oklahoma Research Foundation Alzheimers or the United Methodist Church, Lucien in care of BrownDugger Funeral Home, 1010 N 7th St., Perry, OK 73077. Condolences may be made on line at www.brownduggerfuneralhome.com.