BIDDEFORD – Maxine Vance McLain, 77, went home to be with Jesus on Sept. 1, 2013, from injuries from a car accident in New Hampshire, which took the life of her husband, Pastor Joel McLain Sr. of Victory Chapel in Biddeford. She was born June 10, 1936, in Columbia, a daughter of William and Cora (Grant) Vance.
She attended schools in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. She worked at Fairchild Semiconductor in South Portland and later took nursing classes and became a Certified Nurses Assistant working at St. Andre’s Healthcare in Biddeford where she took care of Alzheimer’s patients. Maxine loved her work. She said, “I don’t go to work, I love taking care of my kids.” She had a heart full of love for each of them. She loved her families and friends, as they were all special to her. Maxine also did volunteer work at St. Andre’s Healthcare with her Bible stories and accordion and ministered to the patients often. She even would visit there when she was supposed to be on vacation, just to see how they were.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her first husband, Norman Skillings Sr.; two sisters, Vera Carter and Laura Day; and three brothers, Ernest, Guy and Reginald Vance.
She is survived by two sons, Norman Skillings Jr., and his wife, Lineanne, of South Carolina and Ricky Skillings and his wife, Terri, of Trenton; six sisters, Esther Elliott, Roberta Adams, Ruby Norton, Winona Ireland, Leona Desmond, and Celia Emmons; two brothers, Perley Vance and Leslie Vance; eight grandchildren, Norman, Eric, Brandon, Ian, Katie, Rickie, Jeffrey and Michael Skillings; 10 great-grandchildren, who were her joy; four stepsons; one stepdaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Hope Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at The Victory Chapel, Hill Street, Biddeford. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford. To share condolences online please visit: www.hopememorial.com.