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Celebration Of Life Ceremony: 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora
Visitation: 9:30 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home
Interment: Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery, Flora
At the request of the family, please plan on wearing a face mask if attending the visitation or funeral ceremony. Disposable masks will be available at the funeral home. Thank you for your understanding.
Alice Maxine (Briscoe) Jones, age 97, of Flora, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 17, 2021. She was born on May 7, 1924, in Flora, the only daughter of Charles and Brooksy Briscoe. She was a proud graduate of Flora High School and was united in marriage to Cecil Edward Jones on May 19, 1947, at the First Christian Church of Flora. They celebrated 53 wedding anniversaries together until his passing in 2000.
Maxine’s life centered around her family, friends and anyone she could help. She was a loving wife, proud mother, doting grandmother, loyal friend, hard worker and devout Christian. While raising her three daughters, Maxine was a beautician then worked at Sparton Manufacturing in Flora. She and her husband, Cec, enjoyed going to their beloved Flora Wolves football and basketball games. On Saturday mornings, they could be found in a booth at Grandma’s Kitchen—a tradition she continued for two more decades with her daughter, niece and countless friends. As a grandmother, “MaMaw” went to many Flora ballgames, cheerleading competitions, tumbling meets, track meets and band contests. She also loved cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals and Illinois Fighting Illini.
Maxine worshipped at the First Christian Church of Flora and volunteered with the Clay County Hospital Auxiliary. She loved people and she showed that through writing letters, talking on the phone and reminiscing about the “good old days” on the south end of Flora. She enjoyed coffee in the morning, hot tea in the afternoon and a peppermint in between.
She is survived by three daughters: JoAnne Corry (Grady) of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; Jennifer Hettiger (Frank) of Flora; and Jacque Durr (Harry) of Vandalia; four grandchildren: Nicolas Corry (Whitney) of Little Rock, Arkansas; Jessica Reeder (Chester) of Effingham; Laura Hettiger (fiancé Mark) of St. Louis; and Ashley Brooks (Matthew) of Louisville; and five great-grandchildren: Will, Mary Alice, Kristen, Kate and Cecilia.
Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brothers: James (Dode) Briscoe, Charles (Wheezer) Briscoe, Rex Briscoe and Bob (Satch) Briscoe; four sisters-in-law; a great-grandson; and many lifelong friends.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Loren Holloway officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to the Flora Academic Foundation and will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a memory or condolence, visit: www.frankandbright.com.
At the request of the family, please plan on wearing a face mask if attending the visitation or ceremony. Disposable masks will be available at the funeral home. Thank you for your understanding.
Thoughts and prayers to the family. Maxine was so a sweet and very thoughtful lady.💕
Joanie, Jenny and Jackie, so sorry to hear about Maxine. She was a very good friend of our family, and Mama loved her to drop by for a visit. They would talk and laugh and enjoy the afternoon together. She always had a great smile, and would stop and say hi whenever we would meet uptown. She always made it a point to tell Darren she was Mrs. Hettiger's Mom, and that thrilled Darren. May the good times that you all have had together sustain you during this saddened time, and may those memories remain in your hearts forever.
My deepest condolences to all of Maxine's family. Praying that God will watch over you, give you comfort and peace in the days ahead.
Joanie, Jenny, and Jacque, your mother was one in a million! She will always be remembered in our hearts! May God wrap his loving arms around all of you!
Ken and I are so sorry to hear of Maxine's passing. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers will be with her family.
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending g prayers for comfort and peace for your family.
So sorry to hear this, Jenny and family. Your momma was a sweet lady. Many prayers for you all.
Joanie, Jennifer, Jacque and Families; We extend our deepest sympathies to each of you. Maxine holds a special place in our hearts. She was so much fun…we loved visiting with her. Everyone who knew and loved her will surely miss her. She was one of a kind! We are sorry for your loss and we’re keeping eon our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you as only He can. RIP dear Maxine💕
We are very sad for your loss!!! Maxine was a wonderful woman. It was our pleasure to have known her!!! She will be missed!!!
So sorry for the loss of your mom Jennifer you are in my prayers and thoughts
Sure have some good memories of Maxine. We're so very sorry to hear of her passing. You'll all be in our prayers.
God Bless all of maxine’s family. She was a favorite of my Mom’s when they worked at Sparton Mfg. and forever after. Maxine was a kind and considerate lady whom we admired so much. May she Rest In Peace 🕊
Joanie, Jenny, Jacque and families, I am so sorry to learn about Maxine. She was a wonderful lady who had a great influence on me. She and Cec provided lots of fun to all of us kids growing up and were always willing to open their home for a dance party or a pizza making lesson. I was riding with Maxine to EIU the first time I felt Derek kick. I don’t know which of us was more excited! I will cherish all these memories forever! It is such a hard thing to lose a parent, but knowing she is with Cecil and her “Briscoe brothers” in Heaven has to make you smile. I wish I could be there with you, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
So sorry for your loss. I spent many night at your house Jenny and your mother was a sweet person.
So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a sweetheart. Even though it’s been years, I have many memories of being at your house in the south end. Your mom was always welcoming and so friendly and fun. My sympathy to your family at this sad time.
I am so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. Condolences to Jacque Jennifer and Joann and your families
My condolences to all of you. Maxine was a wonderful Christian woman. She was a caring & loving wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and a great friend to many. Hugs and prayers
I’m sorry to hear of Maxine’s passing. I’ll say a prayer for her family and friends.
Maxine was a great lady. We always enjoyed her smiles and funny comments. My your many happy memories see you through.
My sincere condolences. Maxine will be greatly missed
So sorry for your loss , prayers and sympathy sent to your family . She was a sweetheart of a true lady .
Maxine was a wonderful lady and Christian example. May the joy she now knows give you comfort in the days ahead. Sympathy and prayers for the entire family.
Maxine was such a sweet lady. She will be missed. She was so kind to everyone. RIP Maxine
Remembering Maxine and her faithfulness at church. She always had a smile. Praying God will give you all peace as you remember the love you shared with her.
My deepest sympathy. Maxine was such a special friend to all of us who knew her. I’m very lucky to have known her.
So sorry for the loss of such a sweet and loving person. I loved her so much.
I’m sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing Jenny. She was such a pleasure to be around. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Jenny and family, we are sorry for your loss. Your Mother was a lovely lady, so friendly and always had a smile. Prayers of comfort to you and your family.
Maxine ,was a wonderful neighbor.
Jennifer, I’m so sorry for your loss, this saddens my heart. I feel so blessed to have been able to visit with you and your mother.
Maxine always had a smile, shared Bible Class with her at FCC, she was a sweet lady. Sorry for your lose.
I am so very sorry for your loss ...
A life well lived, is a perfect phrase for Mrs. Jones. God first, family second and living a life that enlightened others through out her life. No doubt, her legacy of her priorities will live on generation after generation. We are saddened for your loss but what wonderful years that you shared. It is a rare thing to have a family as close as yours.
So sorry to hear of Maxine's passing. You will be in our Prayers.
We are so so sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful lady.
A gracious and kind lady; and what a beautiful smile!
So very, very sorry to hear of Maxine's passing. Her wonderful smile and sense of humor along with her genuine interest in everyone she met will be greatly missed. It's truly a blessing and a privilege to have called her my friend. Jenny, Joanie and Jacque, you're all in my prayers.
My Deepest Sympathy to Your Family for the Loss of Maxine. Praying You Find Comfort in the Memories of Her.