LOUDONVILLE — Nelda Ann Maxson, 81, of Loudonville, died peacefully Monday morning, Oct. 29, 2018, in Colonial Manor Health Care Center where she had been a resident since 2013. She was born June 23, 1937, at her family’s home in Worthington Township, Richland County, the youngest child of the late Leonard and Thelma M. (Cline) Hay.
Growing up a farm child left warm memories of the weekly trips to town to sell eggs and buy groceries on Saturday nights. Occasionally they were treated to a movie projected on the side of a building in Perrysville.
Nelda was a 1955 graduate of Loudonville High School, worked at the Flxible Co., owned the Jelloway Community Grocery/Filling Station and retired in 1993 after 25 years with the Mohican Youth Center.
Aug. 2, 1959, she married her high school sweetheart, David Maxson, who became a machinist, farmer and auctioneer. He died June 13, 1992, after 33 special years of marriage.
Nelda traveled with her daughter and family on their yearly vacations for the past 20 years building wonderful memories with her grandchildren.
Nelda loved to sing, play the piano and write songs expressing her faith and love for the Lord. She was also quite a yodeler, using her skills to help win the crown as Senior Queen of the Loudonville Street Fair, and even yodeled on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. She was an avid flower gardener entering her flower arrangements in local fairs, using them to cheer up friends and neighbors and providing altar arrangements for her church. Nelda instilled in her children the importance of a good education, being happy in their career choices and putting Jesus in the center of their lives.
Nelda is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Crystal and Jack Ashby II of Loudonville; three grandchildren, Jesse (Jessica Eilenfeld) Ashby, Megan (Jared) Canfield, and Jacob Ashby; and two great-grandsons, Jackson and David Canfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Calvin Maxson in 1995; her brother, John Hay; and three sisters, Marcella Tipton, Jeannine Martin, and Luella Kauffman.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m., in the Loudonville Church of the Nazarene with Rev. James Goodykoontz officiating. Burial will follow in Jelloway Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4-6 p.m. in the church where a “Singspiration” service will follow from 6-7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be donated to the Alzheimers Assoc., 2508 N. Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43615, or the Church of the Nazarene, 509 N. Union St., Loudonville, OH 44842. Online condolences may be left for the Maxson family by visiting www.Byerly-Lindsey.com.