Maxyne Smith Sheffield, 90, active with the restoration of Thalian Hall

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Maxyne Smith Sheffield died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She was 90.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church, Wilmington. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at Oakdale Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to charities selected by donors in memory of Mrs. Sheffield.

Mrs. Sheffield was born in Jackson, Mississippi on May 15, 1925. She graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and she always remembered her years at Stephens as the most formative and positive of her life. She then graduated from the University of Alabama, where she met her future husband, Walter Lincoln Sheffield, upon an introduction from her Stephens College roommate.

Mrs. Sheffield lived with her husband in Wilmington from 1947 until 1968. While living here, her two sons were born and she was active in the Junior League of Wilmington and the restoration of Thalian Hall. She and her husband returned to Wilmington in 2010, having lived the intervening years in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mrs. Sheffield is survived by her husband of 68 years, Walter Lincoln Sheffield, of Wilmington and by one of her sons, Walter L. Sheffield III and his wife Sarah Sheffield, of Cary. She also is survived by four grandchildren, Devon Sheffield, of Houston, Texas, Wesley H. Sheffield and his wife Bette Sheffield, of Memphis, Tennessee, Tessa L. Sheffield and David D. Sheffield, both of Atlanta and one great-grandchild, Lydia E. Sheffield, of Memphis, Tennessee.

Mrs. Sheffield was preceded in death by her other son, Douglas C. Sheffield and a brother, Robert O. Smith, of Jackson, Mississippi.

The Sheffield family gratefully acknowledge the care and assistance provided to Mrs. Sheffield in her last months by many people, in particular Kathy Tattersall and Diane Lanier and Essie Hawes of Senior Helpers.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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