Maxine Vanita Ogle

Maxine Vanita Ogle, a resident of Downey since 1950, went home to our Lord on August 5, 2013. Born in Rolla, Kansas to Milton and Lizzie Dixon on March 2, 1923, Maxine was the youngest of eight children. She moved with her family during the Dirty Thirties to escape the Dust Bowl and settled in Norwalk. Maxine graduated from Excelsior High School in 1941. She married the love of her life, James W. (Jim) Ogle on August 17, 1946 and they were together 59 years until his death in 2006. Maxine worked for Dixon Insurance in Downey for more than 40 years. In fact, she enjoyed working up until June of this year. She retired as CFO of this family-owned business and loved working with her brother Don, and her nephew Darrel Dixon. She was a member of the Downey Chamber of Commerce and a supporter of the Downey Civic Light Opera. She was a past president of the Insurance Women of Long Beach and a former Insurance Woman of the Year. She held positions at McDonald Douglas, General Motors and PIE Trucking earlier in her working career. Matriarch of her loving family, Maxine enjoyed nothing more than having all her family members gathered together for holidays and special events. She celebrated her 90th birthday in March surrounded by nearly 70 family members and friends at Rio Hondo Golf Club. All three of her children were able to be with her at home in her final earthly hours. They are Elizabeth Ann (Scott) Smith of Irvine, James W. (Bill) Ogle II of North Las Vegas, Nevada, and Michele Diane (Ron) Wastal of Danville. All six of her precious grandchildren and her great grandchild were with her in her last days. They are Amanda (Stephen) Lelliott, Samantha (Jeremy) Lelliott, Adam Ogle, Alex Ogle, James Wastal, Megan Wastal and Emma Rae Ogle. They will dearly miss their beloved grandmother who loved and doted on them all. Her sister Genevieve Leaming of Newport Beach survives Maxine. Her siblings Irvin Dixon, Vivian Frazer, Thelma Randle, Lloyd Dixon, Ronald Dixon and Donald Dixon preceded her in death. A celebration of her life was held at Miller-Mies Mortuary in Downey on August 9. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maxine's honor to her favorite charity: Calicinto Ranch, P.O Box 1225, San Jacinto, CA 92581, ********** Published: Aug. 15, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 18