Maxine Dolan Redford, 84, of Richmond, Virginia, went to her heavenly home on Friday, January 14, 2022, after a valiant battle with cancer. She was a cherished wife, mother, and grandmother.
Maxine loved her family, church, and community. She served 40+ years as an elementary Sunday School teacher at River Road Church, Baptist. And she was a respected real estate agent with Bowers, Nelms, and Fonville for some years.
Maxine is survived by her husband of 64 years, Frederick E. Redford, Sr. in addition to her son, Frederick E. Redford, Jr. and wife, Debbie; daughter, Stephanie B. Redford; siblings, Patricia Cobb and Mack W. Dolan, Jr.; grandchildren, Margaret R. Hatch and Mitchell T. Redford, loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and a host of long-time friends.
She was born on September 30, 1937, in Charlottesville, Virginia to the late Mack W. Dolan, Sr. and Nellie Saunders Dolan. Maxine was predeceased by her sister Katherine Andrews and her granddaughter Deborah R. Eckhart.
Her mother passed away when she was 12. Being the oldest, Maxine would over time become the celebrated cook and hostess so loved by friends and family.
She met the love of her life, Fred Redford, Sr., at Hermitage High School in Henrico County. Their romantic elopement in 1958 when Fred was just 17 and Maxine was 20 to Dillon, South Carolina was their first step to building the family they treasured. In time they would adopt a baby boy, then a baby girl, and add grandchildren to the family.
Along with her time teaching Sunday School, Maxine was passionate about her politics and loved her country. Few realize she marched in DC from Freedom Plaza to the Capitol on a 1 mile walk with 1.5 million people in the Taxpayer March to the Capitol in 2009. The next year she attended a rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Restoring Honor. Several months later she would be at the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Convention in Richmond. And the following year, she took part in a 10th Amendment States Right Rally in Richmond with her friends, believing as always, we can make a difference.
And to the family who will never forget the brave lady we loved for many years, (Maxine, Mom, or Granny as we affectionately called her), she was a crusader who loved family and life with her whole heart. She made everyday gatherings memorable and special. Her planning, cooking, and outings were one-of-kind tokens of love she gave to each of us. She left us a heritage rich with memories, love, and advice.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday , February 6, 2022 in the Chapel at River Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Rd., Richmond, Virginia. Masks are required.