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Maxine Moody

August 14, 1940 – August 3, 2022 (age 81)

New Windsor, NY

Maxine Juanita Perry Moody, a 64-year resident of New Windsor, New York peacefully stepped into eternity on Wednesday, August 3, surrounded by her loving family. 

The daughter of the late James and Minnie Perry, she was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on August 14,1940.  She attended the Elizabeth City public schools and graduated from PW Moore High School in 1958.  She attended Elizabeth City State College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, graduating with high honors. During her years at Elizabeth City, she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Delta Chi Chapter.  She was also a member of the Elizabeth City State College Choir.  In 1976, she received her Master’s Degree in Education from SUNY New Paltz. 

Maxine devoted her life and time to her church, her family, and her job.  She had a love of traveling and had the opportunity to visit many countries over the years.  She met and married the late Robert Moody in 1958.  This 60-year union produced two daughters. 

Maxine was introduced early in life to Jesus Christ and grew up attending Samuel Chapel Baptist Church where she remained a member until she joined the Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1958.  She became a Charter Member of the newly incepted Baptist Temple Church in 1976.  Maxine enjoyed singing and was a member of the Church Choir for many years.  As Trustee Chairperson, she spearheaded and oversaw many physical renovation and installation projects.  She was able to see the completion of the church’s roof before she passed away. 

Maxine was employed as a fourth-grade teacher by the Beacon City School District for 34 years.  She was an extraordinary teacher and always went above and beyond to ensure that her students received the best she had to offer.  Over the years, she received letters from some of her former students who would tell her how they became successful because of the things they learned from her.     

Maxine loved to travel and did so as often as she could.  She also enjoyed attending shows on and off Broadway.  She attended movies, shows and concerts with her friends.  She was an energetic woman and directed her energy toward exercise, jazzercise, yoga, walking and Zumba classes.  She volunteered twice a week at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore where she made many new friends.  She had planned to begin traveling again when her health declined.     

She was predeceased by her parents; her beloved husband, Robert; and her brother, James Perry, Jr. 

She is survived by her daughters, Karen Moody, and Kelly Moody-Williams (Butch), granddaughters, Kyla Blevins and Naja Fandal, sisters, Doris Poole, and Portia Riddick, sisters-in-laws, Shirley Byrd, Gloria Culp, and Constance Moody, brother-in-law, William Davis in addition to a host of nieces, nephews. relatives, and friends. She leaves to mourn her “daughter”, Carolyn Green and “sons”, Ralph Staples, and John Schmidt.  

Services will be held at the Baptist Temple Church at 7-11 William Street Newburgh, New York. The Viewing will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  The Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 AM.   Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Rebuilding the Wall fund Baptist Temple Church Newburgh, New York. 

The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc, St. Luke’s Montefiore Hospital and Dr. Dean Cassimatis for their support and compassionate and professional care. 

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