BIO Index


I went from SHS to Sullins College in Bristol, VA and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Clothing and Textiles. I went to work in Atlanta at Davidson's Department Store as an assistant buyer.
In 1969 I married George Maxwell, a forester, and moved to Lancaster, SC (its claim to fame was the largest cotton mill under one roof in the world). I started
teaching 5th grade as there were few jobs available. I had sworn that I would never teach but I ate those words.
We moved to Palatka, FL, Elizabeth City, NC (where son Hank was born in 1973) and settled in Lake City, FL. Our daughter, Colleen, was born in 1975. When
Colleen was in kindergarten I went back to teaching. I taught in a Catholic School and a low income school. For all my words about not ever teaching I really enjoyed it. The kids in the parochial school were great but I really felt I made more of a difference in kids lives at the low income school. I retired in 2005 after 28 years of teaching.

I am really enjoying retirement. We have 5 grandchildren (ages 2-10) and I spend a lot of time with them. We also have been traveling (I went to Italy last summer), are involved in church activities, doing needlework, playing bridge, reading and being with our friends. My mother moved from Sarasota in 1995 and I have felt disconnected from the town so I have enjoyed hearing about classmates and reliving those long ago days.

Kirsten Damgaard and I are coming to the reunion so we'll see you then.

Martha Cobia Maxwell