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August 21, 1919 - January 07, 2017

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Maxine McGowen Fry, a member of the greatest generation, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 7, 2017.

Maxine was born in Indiana in 1919 to Erman and Dafrema McGowen. She was the middle of three daughters. She grew up during the Great Depression and learned to value the true treasures of life: friends and family. As a young adult Maxine worked in a factory during World War Two and prided herself in being an actual Rosie the Riveter.

She met and married Phil Fry in the early 1950's. They began their life together in Las Vegas where as the bookkeeper for a popular Italian restaurant Maxine rubbed elbows with many prominent entertainers, including Frank Sinatra, other members of the Rat Pack and a young Elvis Presley.

Phil and Maxine moved to Houston in 1961. She was active in several civic organizations and loved her adopted city. She was a strong supporter of the Houston Police Department, and her proudest achievement in later life was graduating from the Houston Citizens' Police Academy in 2009.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, Jennie McGowen; her sisters, Evelyn McGowen and Wanda Markey; her son, Terry Fry; her husband, Phil; and her daughter-in-law, Jan Fry.

She is survived by her son, Phil (Mary) Fry II; grandchildren, Kirby Fry, Warren Fry, Amanda (Brad) Muckenthaler; great-grandchildren, Celeste Fry Myhre , Ananda Fry Myhre, Jack Muckenthaler; nephews, Michael Markey, Jim (Mary Ann) Fenn; nieces, Vicki Markey, Jane (Bob) Barth, Dottie Holladay, and Mary Lee Camp; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and countless friends. She leaves behind the dearest of friends (a daughter in spirit), Sharon McNamee, who cared for Maxine during the last years of her life; and the best neighbors anyone could ask for, Lena Adams, Marcy Williams, and Veronica Juarez. The family also wishes to thank her caregivers, Vanessa, Mae, Doris, and Natasha.

Funeral Information

In keeping with Maxine's wishes, there will be no memorial service.


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