Maxine Payne Edwards Cornwell of Magnolia, Texas was born on September 13, 1930 in Frederick, Okla., to Audrey Hudiburg Payne and J. Edwin Payne.  She passed on June 16, 2018 in Conroe, Texas at the age of 87.

In every aspect of her life, Maxine had a passion for education. She spent her working career in education. In 1971, NEO invited then Mrs. Maxine Edwards to help establish a childcare lab school as part of a state home economics grant.  Over the next 22 years, Dr. Cornwell continued her own education while guiding hundreds of students through their education at the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Childcare Lab School, which is still in operation.  She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University and later completed her doctoral degree at the University of Nebraska. In October 2017 she was honored with The Outstanding Retired Faculty Award at NEO A&M.

Maxine had been raising her three children until she followed her Mother’s example and began teaching home economics at Commerce High School at age 36. Education, especially childhood education, was important to Dr. Cornwell.  Her father taught her to read before she entered school and both her Mother and Aunt taught Home Economics.

Maxine had a passion and talent for life and creativity. Her unique flair for making a house a home bore out through tole painting beautiful wooden accessories that her family cherishes. Her artistic ability was also demonstrated in stained glass works including the beautiful stained-glass windows she worked on with others at Bethany Christian Church in Miami, Okla. Her passion for quilting began in 2000.  She launched a quilting group of wonderful friends, The Piece Makers, at The Woodlands Christian Church. This group continues to enrich many lives.

Maxine played the piano and organ for many years at church services in Miami, Okla.   

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Conroe, Texas.

Maxine was her family’s greatest fan and will be missed beyond measure. Maxine was raised with solid, loving people and enjoyed gatherings and celebrations with new and old friends. She is preceded in death by her parents. Marvin Cornwell preceded her in 1997. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Tom and Kay Jopling; son and daughter-in-law Dan and Cindy Edwards and son and daughter-in-law Jim and Angela Edwards. Her four grandchildren Andrea and Paul Edwards and Melanie and Alan Edwards.  She also has three great-grandchildren.  Maxine is also survived by her three brothers: Dr. Charles Payne & wife Marietta, J. Edwin Payne, Jr. & wife Dolores, and Harold D. Payne & wife Almeda. Maxine is also survived by nieces and nephews that she adored.

Remembrance Service; “Wrapped in Love”, will be held July 21st at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Conroe, Texas.  

Also, a Remembrance Service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church on July 21st at 2 p.m. for friends living in the Miami area.