Maxine Stokes Morgan, 98, formerly of Abilene, passed away Wednesday, October 10 at The Woodlands Assisted Living in Eastland.
She was born March 4, 1920 in Meridian, one of six children to Herbert Emery and Ruby Lou (Hunter) Stokes.
Maxine graduated from Abilene High School in 1938 and from nursing school at Scott & White Hospital in Temple in May 1944. She was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy Nurse Corps Reserve in October that year and immediately placed on active duty due to World War II serving at San Francisco, Calif., and Corpus Christi.
She married Charles Sherman Morgan in 1946. He preceded her in death.
Following the war, Maxine continued on active duty in the Navy Nurse Corps Reserve stationed at Yokusuka, Japan and Memphis, Tenn. until honorable discharge as a lieutenant junior grade in 1952.
She worked for a short time at St. Anne’s Hospital in Abilene before starting a three-decade career at Hendrick Memorial Hospital (later Hendrick Medical Center) as a registered nurse, starting as a floor nurse working her way to supervisor and eventually, a nursing director.
Maxine retired from Hendrick in 1985 and lived in Abilene and at Lake Cisco before moving to The Woodlands in Eastland in 2013.
Survivors include son Richard Morgan of Lake Cisco; daughter Susan (Ron) Palmer of Lake Cisco; son Gregory Morgan of Abilene; sister Jeanne (Robert) Gordon of Springfield, Ill.; granddaughter Janese (Stephen) Massey of Fort Worth; grandson Morgan Palmer of Mercer Island, Wash.; one great-grandson, Truman Massey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Woodlands Assisted Living in Eastland, Encompass Home Health and Kindred Hospice for their skillful and tenderhearted care for Maxine these last few years.
Graveside rites are pending. Memorial donations may be made to Taylor Jones Humane Society in Abilene.