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Sara Elizabeth Hollingshead Maxwell

Died: April 19, 2018

Sara Elizabeth Hollingshead Maxwell, age 91 of Horse Shoe, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her home with her family. Sara was born June 19, 1926 in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Maude and George Hollingshead where she grew up and graduated from Ensley High School. In addition to her parents, she wa…read more

Sara Elizabeth Hollingshead Maxwell, age 91 of Horse Shoe, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her home with her family. Sara was born June 19, 1926 in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Maude and George Hollingshead where she grew up and graduated from Ensley High School. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Al and Ted Hollingshead.

 

She met her husband, Herris Maxwell while a student at Howard College (later Samford University). They subsequently attended the University of Alabama where she completed her BA in Education. She would later earn a Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina in 1982. In 1958 she moved to Bethlehem, PA where she and her husband raised their family of three. It was here that her faith and church involvement grew. She became an elder in the Presbyterian Church and after moving to Columbia, SC in 1975 she continued her church involvement at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church. Sara enjoyed teaching science at Dent Middle School until her retirement in 1995. She was honored as Dent Teacher of the Year in 1987 and County Conservation Teacher of the Year in 1990. She was a member of the SC Association of Naturalists and a docent at the SC State Museum. In retirement, she served as a Palmetto Health Hospice Volunteer for 18 years and played music with the Dulcimores. Two years ago, Sara moved to live with her family in NC.

 

She is survived by her two sons, Maret Maxwell (Bonnie) of Dallas, TX and Paul Maxwell (Ruth) of Houston, TX; her daughter, Susan Swan (Douglas) of Horse Shoe; four grandsons, Drew, Chris, Bryan and Craig; her brother, Kenneth Hollingshead (Elenore); and by her sister, Patsy Southern (Kermitt).

 

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Sara’s memory be directed to Palmetto Health Hospice, 1400 Pickens Street, Columbia, SC 29201; or to the Mills River UMC, MRLEC Senior Program, 137 Old Turnpike Road, Mills River, NC 28759.

 

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm

Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC.

 


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