Maxine LaDonne Becker-Ward, 100, of Centralia passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019 surrounded by the love and support of her family. Mrs. Ward had a strong work ethic and was a valued employee of Hollywood Brands Candy Factory and Zieglers in Centralia. She enjoyed playing bingo, especially when the winning numbers were called out on her card. Maxine was quite a dancer and loved to listen to country music. She will be remembered for the fun she had while watching wrestling with her family. Maxine cherished her home, finding ways to beautify her home with remodeling and planting tranquil flower gardens. She had a love for cats, but her dog, Jack had a special place in her heart. Her love of life and people will be a reminder to those she knew and loved to appreciate each day. Most of all, she loved her family and being with them and her dog Jack.
Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia is assisting Maxine’s family with arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 P.M. Friday, July 12, 2019 at Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with Pastor Ray Tackett officiating. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia. A visitation time will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service on Friday. Memorials may be made in Maxine’s honor to the family’s wishes and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences and memories of Maxine may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.
Survivors include her devoted children, Larry Watkins of Centralia, IL, Jean Marshall of Centralia, IL, Ivan Becker of Centralia, IL, Dorothy Mills of South Carolina, Anna St. Pirre of Centralia, IL, and Donna Kuhlman of Centralia, IL; over 100 treasured grandchildren, and over 100 precious great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
She was born on January 6, 1919 the daughter of George Franklin and Ida (Drenckpohl) Myers in Centralia. Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by both her parents, Frank and Ida Myers; sisters, Gladys, Violet, Marie, and Doris; brothers, Paul, and Jack; daughters, Patricia Sloat, Ellen Blanchard, Margaret Ehler; and sons, Thomas Watkins, Jimmy Richardson.