Maxine Parks Laughlin, 91, widow of the late Hal Laughlin, passed away Wednesday at 11:50 a.m. at Greeneville Community Hospital East.

She attended United Baptist Church.

She was a 1947 graduate of Greeneville High School.

Maxine loved to cook for her family and neighbors, but took great joy in cooking for folks that were sick and couldn’t cook for themselves. She would get up each morning at 4:30 a.m. and read her Bible, eat breakfast and start cooking for people she knew were in need of a meal. After cooking, she would load it into her car and deliver their fresh cooked meal to them, no matter where they lived.

Another love of hers was to make beautiful flower arrangements for people for all occasions. On days she wasn’t cooking, she was working in her garden and tending to her flowers around her home, volunteering at Morning Pointe Assisted Living, talking with her dear friends and studying God’s word.

Maxine enjoyed a good life, free from any serious health issues until her hospitalization on June 2 with pneumonia, which she fought vainly until her death.

She is survived by her daughter and special son-in-law: Myra and David Ward, of the Glendale community; two sons: Larry Laughlin, of Murfreesboro, and Terry Laughlin, of Anderson, South Carolina; grandsons: Austin, Eric, Jason and Jeff Laughlin; two very special grandsons: Chad and Brandon Ward; granddaughters: Kelley, Tammy, Michelle, Brittany, Ashley and Tiffany Laughlin; two great-grandchildren: Hannah and Cooper Ward; a sister: Charlsie Freshour, of Sunnyside; a sister-in-law: Jeanine Parks, of Mosheim, Trevia Parks, of South Carolina; special friends: Reeda Faye Hartman, Andrea Kortz, Bill and Peggy Bryson, Nick Bailey and his family, Bobby Ricker, Becky McAfee, Angie Miser King, Betty Britton, and Oscar and Elizabeth Ward; and many dear friends of Glendale, Sunnyside, Tusculum and all of Greene County.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Hal Laughlin; her parents: Hugh and Kate Parks; an infant daughter: Carolyn; two brothers: Carroll and Beryl Parks; and a daughter-in-law: Jean Laughlin.

The family expressed a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and doctors of Greeneville Community Hospital East ICU and Dr. Sonya Woods and staff “for the loving care and support they gave our mother during this difficult time.” Thanks were also expressed to special caregivers Brandon Ward and Kaiti Whittington. Thank you, and may God bless you all.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mt. Hebron Cemetery fund or United Baptist Church building fund.

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Jeffers Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.