Maxine Elizabeth Brice, age 83, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Jackson Manor Nursing home.

She was born May 28, 1931, in Denver, Colorado to John A. and Loretta M. Hensgen Lloyd.  She and John Thomas ‘Tom’ Brice were married December 22, 1972 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University at the Newman Center.

Maxine grew up in the mid-west and graduated high school in Brookfield, Missouri. She graduated with a B.A from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa with a double major in Spanish and Music, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Spanish, graduating summa cum laude, from Notre Dame University. She was a Catholic nun in the order of the Sisters of Humility of Mary for 20 years. ‘Sister Mary Carol’, her religious name, was a professor at Ottumwa Heights College and also spent three years as a missionary in the mountains near Quito, Ecuador, learning from the people so she could better teach about The Lord.  In 1971, after a lengthy period of prayer and discernment, she left the convent and moved to Cape Girardeau.  She was employed as a legal secretary for Jackson, Thomason, Dickerson and Gilbert for several years.  She then taught Spanish at Cape Girardeau public schools for 20 years.  In her retirement years, she could be recognized by her smile and friendly, helpful disposition as a well-known greeter for the Jackson Wal-Mart.  Maxine was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson where she belonged to St. Ann’s Sodality and volunteered in many capacities. For many years, Maxine was an accompanist and cantor for the church where she enjoyed music with her heart and soul.  She served her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with a loving, caring, and compassionate heart… This was evident in the manner she served others.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Her loving husband of over 42 years, Tom, of Jackson; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Karen Lloyd of Cape Girardeau; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joe and Carol Brice of Jackson; a cousin, Sharon Cole of Denver, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews survive her.

In addition to her parents, an infant sister, Mary Elaine Lloyd; and a brother, John A. Lloyd, Jr, preceded her in death.

A Rosary will be said at 6:10 pm Monday, March 23, 2015 led by St. Ann’s Ladies Sodality. A Memorial Mass will immediately follow with Rev. John Harth officiating.

Memorials are suggested to be made in Maxine’s memory to “Birthright”, 2633 Hopper Rd., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.

Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

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