Maxine I. (Harlan) Berisford, 79, of Moundsville, W.Va., passed away Monday, September 21, 2015, in Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale.
Maxine was born March 25, 1936 in Moundsville, a daughter of the late Aaron and Tina (Allenby) Harlan. She was a 1954 graduate of Moundsville High School, where she played the flute in the band. She was a former legal secretary for the Thomas Gall, and Madden & Hughes Law Firms; and an active member of the Hillview Terrace Church of Christ and supporter of the W.V. School of Preaching, Moundsville.
Maxine was a former 4-H leader; enjoyed participating in plays; was an avid singer, having sung in several weddings; and directed Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra. She had a heart of gold and was truly Almost Heaven’s “Mountain Mama”.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Thomas Ward Berisford; a brother, Allen B. Harlan; a sister, Wilda Jean O’Neil; and a grandson, Jeremy C. Fisher.
Maxine is survived by her children, Deborah Loy of Benwood, Cynthia Jenkins (Richard) of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Donald Berisford (Lisa), Diana Makara (Fred), John Berisford (Marcy) and Deanna Williams, all of Moundsville; three sisters, Naomi Rich (Alex) and Dolores Balgo, both of Moundsville, and Joanne Bollinger (Vern) of Marion, Ohio; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Avenue, Moundsville, on Thursday, from 2-4 & 6-8 pm, and Friday, September 25, 2015, from 1 pm until time of funeral services at 2 pm, with Bro. Gene West officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Moundsville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the W.V. School of Preaching, P.O. Box 785, Moundsville, WV 26041. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyer.com