A graveside ceremony honoring the life of Maxine Swyden will be held 2 PM Monday, May 16, 2022 in the Moodys Cemetery. Maxine passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, May 10, 2022 at the Porta Caeli House in Tulsa. She was 88 years old.
Born February 18, 1934, in Moodys, Oklahoma, Maxine was the daughter of George and Lottie (Davis) Hicks. A hard worker from an early age, she was raised in a large family on a farm in Cherokee County. Maxine was a tremendous help to her mother and occasionally, would get pulled into mischief by her older sister, Pauline.
Maxine moved to Tulsa in the late 1950’s where she found work as a waitress in a couple of neighborhood cafes. While working at the Pine’s restaurant, she would meet Jimmy Swyden. Maxine adored Jimmy to no end! The couple married July 15, 1957 in Tahlequah. Maxine became well known in the community where she made numerous lifelong friendships through the years.
Retiring at age 62, Maxine spent her time cooking delicious meals for frequent family gatherings, enjoying trips to the park with her grandchildren, and spending leisure time with her husband at the family’s lake cabin in Wagoner.
Maxine was a generous, hardworking woman who gave freely of her love, time, and money. She always provided for her family. They were her life! Maxine will always be remembered as “Little Grandma” because of her small stature, however, there is no one who could ever fill her shoes.
Surviving family members include her daughters, LaQuita Pyeatt and her husband, Tom of Oolagah, Teresa DeRoin of Tulsa, Claudia Fairless of Tulsa, and Linda Foster and her husband, Vance of Broken Arrow; her sister, Ann Dorr and husband, Jerry of Tahlequah; 18 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 11 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jimmy Swyden; brothers, Herman and Bud Hicks; and her sisters, Alma Glenn, Lorene Hendrickson, and Pauline Coursey.