E. Maxine Looper died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at her daughterís home in Tulsa. She was 82.

Mrs. Looper was born Oct. 21, 1926, in Blakely, Ga., to Sam and Mary Myrtle (Hobby) Moody. She graduated from Union High School in Blakely. She obtained a bachelor of science degree in home economics from Bessie Tift College in Forsyth, Ga., with the distinction of Cum Laude. She earned a masterís degree in home economics (foods) from the University of Oklahoma.

She was a member of Sigma Xi and Omicron Nu. She taught High School in Blakely and Winston Salem, N.C. She was active in Womenís Club in Heavener, the Oklahoma Democratic Party, was appointed to the Governorís Commission on the Status of Women, was chairperson for the Oklahoma Crime Commission and member of the Oklahoma Board of Corrections.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ivylyn Looper and her husband Edward B. Hudson of Tulsa and Felda Kathryn Looper of Washington, D.C.; one son and his wife, John Franklin and Debbie Looper of Broken Arrow; her former husband, Dr. O.J. Looper of Miami, and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Myrtle Moody; one brother Ralph Moody, and one sister Nelle Bridges.

A private family celebration of her life will be held in the spring.