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Maxine DePriest Sanders Parham
Retired dental assistant
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Maxine DePriest Sanders Parham, 88, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 in her home surrounded by her loved ones.  Maxine was born in Granby, MO, December 25, 1921 to the late Elijah and Minnie DePriest.   

She had been a resident of Manteca since 1948 and was a retired dental assistant employed by Doctor DeJong in Ripon, CA for 24 years.  

After retirement she and her husband, Ray Sanders, were child care providers for several children who they loved and treated as their own. Maxine was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Manteca, CA for over 60 years where she taught the Primary Sunday School Class for over 40 years.  Maxine enjoyed gardening, ceramics, and quilting.  She also enjoyed fishing and camping and traveling to family reunions in Missouri, Wyoming, and Arizona.

 She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Ray Sanders and their infant son Stephen Ray Sanders.  She was also preceded in death by her second husband of five years, H.C. Parham, and was preceded in death by all of her six siblings.   

 She is survived by her niece, Saundra Stinnett and husband Walter with who she lived for the past four years in her Manteca home.  She is also survived by her nephew Eddie Sanders Sr. and wife Pat of Pleasant Hill, CA, nephew Terry Sanders and wife Sharon of Neosho, MO, and niece Bonnie Ridenour and husband Randy of West Sacramento, CA, sister-in-law Rosalie (DePriest) McMullin of Stockton, CA and many other nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  She was well taken care of for the past year by her great-niece Joy Deason with the help of her great-great-nephew Luke Cash and great-great-niece Lynne’ Stinnett and Breanna Cook.

Maxine was a beloved and treasured wife, sister, aunt, friend, family matriarch and honorary grandmother.  She was defined by her unwavering, deep faith in God and her loving dedication to her family.  “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21.

 The family would like to thank Optimal Hospice Foundation of Modesto, CA and Dr. Melford Larson and staff for their care and support.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Optimal Hospice Foundation at or to First Baptist Church, Manteca, CA.   

 Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial services on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 715 E. North St., Manteca, CA.  A private graveside family service will precede the memorial at 11 a.m. at Parkview Cemetery, French Camp, CA.       
 Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010