Maxine Fry McCullough

July 5, 1917 - March 21, 2012

Maxine Fry McCullough, formerly of Midland, Texas, passed away on March 21, 2012, in El Paso, Texas, at the age of 94. She was born July 5, 1917, in Lockney, Texas; the daughter of Robert Ernest and Ruby Britton Fry, early settlers of Floyd County. She graduated from Floydada High School, and in 1938 received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas Tech University.

After teaching journalism for two years in Littlefield and Grandfalls, she married Hugh D. McCullough, of Waco, on Aug. 21, 1940, in Floydada. They moved to Midland in 1941, where he worked for The Texas Company and later Sinclair Oil and Gas Company. In 1942, he became a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the couple lived in Newark, N.J.; Washington, D.C.; Ardmore, Okla.; and Fort Worth, Texas. In 1950, they returned to Midland, Texas, where Hugh became an independent geologist.

Maxine and Hugh were charter members of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where she served as historian, youth counselor, teacher, administrative board member, and president of the United Methodist Women. She was a staff member and editor of The Midlander Magazine during its first seven years. She was past president of Midland High School PTA, of Progressive Study Club, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association. She was a charter member of Midland Symphony Guild, a Scout troop organizer, an early officer of Midland Woman's Club and Church Women United. She was secretary of the board of directors of Midland High Youth Center, and a member of Midland Country Club.

When she was 80 years old, she served for two years as a reading tutor for students at Henderson Elementary School.

Maxine Fry McCullough

While at Texas Tech, she was a yearbook beauty, the 1938 Sun Bowl Princess, a member of Forum honorary (later Mortar Board), and in Who's Who. She also served as president of Las Chaparritas, which later became Kappa Kappa Gamma. She worked on the campus newspaper and was the first female president of the student body.

She later served as Midland's representative to the Texas Tech Ex-Students' Association. McCullough moved to El Paso in 2005 to Monte Vista to be near her daughter. Before leaving Midland, she was honored by St. Luke's United Methodist Church with a "Maxine McCullough Day." McCullough loved her home, her family, her friends, her church, her country, and Texas Tech. She loved to travel, and she and Hugh traveled worldwide, as well as to all 50 states in the United States. She also loved history, genealogy, writing, reading, crossword puzzles, and gardening in her earlier years. She was always adding to the books she had compiled for her grandchildren, with family stories, photos, and genealogy.

She was preceded in death, in 1991, by her beloved husband, Hugh McCullough, of over 50 years. McCullough is survived by three children: Robert Fry McCullough (Kathy) of Sea Island, Ga., Linda McCullough Mead of Mesa, Ariz., and Mary Kay Gray (Ken) of El Paso, Texas. Other survivors include one sister, Marilynn Slough of Austin, Texas; grandchildren: Bob McCullough (Rachel) of Atlanta, Ga., Sharon Walker (John Gray) of Perry, Ga., Lauren McCullough of Austin, Rick Mead of Mesa, Ariz., Erin Mead of Phoenix, Geoffrey Barnett and Wade Barnett, both of Los Angeles, and Meredith Barnett of Las Cruces, N.M. McCullough also leaves behind five great granddaughters. A special thanks to Ellen Chan and Becky Horowitz of VNA Hospice. Notes may be sent to the family at 4813 Costa de Oro, El Paso, TX 79922. mc

Shelby Chapman is a senior broadcast journalism major from Austin, Texas.

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