Ruth Maxine Williams Nicholas was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, on November 13, 1928, to the late Vasco Williams and Anna Brown Williams. She transitioned from this earthly life and entered her Heavenly home on Thursday, November 1, 2018, in Hampton, Virginia.
Ruth, who was fondly called, “Maxine”, attended the Halifax County Schools and graduated from the former John Armstrong Chaloner High School in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, with the class of 1943. She accepted Jesus Christ during her youth and joined the Carters Chapel Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
After graduating from high school, Maxine relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where she met and married the love of her life, Robert E. Nicholas, who preceded her in death. She joined the Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and served for over sixty-four years, singing in the choir and building a community garden during her eighties that her church fondly named, “Maxine’s Garden”, which was a blessing to her church and community.
Maxine was an adventurer and self-made travel enthusiast! Numerous family members and friends benefited greatly from her excursions – cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico, and bus trips to Niagara Falls, New York City, The Holy Land, and of course, her favorite place, Riverside Garden in the Thelma Community of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. She was gifted, creative, artistic, and giving. Maxine always extended her hands to others.
Maxine graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1979. She was employed as a civil servant with thirty-two years of service with the Social Security Administration before retiring in 1989. However, she never stopped working. Until the time of her recent illness, she remained active in her church, volunteered at local hospitals and elementary schools, and supported Transforming Lives and Restoring Hope as a volunteer at Lily’s Boutique.
Maxine was a member of such organizations as the Zodiac Club and the Red Hat Society. Although she lived the majority of her life in Baltimore, she never forgot her roots in the Thelma Community and continuously supported the Carters Chapel Baptist Church. She, along with her sister, Marie, established the Baltimore Alumni Club to support the church’s building projects, and they were also very instrumental in installing the handicapped ramp, front steps, and walkways.
In addition to her parents and husband, Maxine was preceded in death by her siblings, George, Lila, and Calvin.
Maxine loved her family, and those left to forever rejoice and thank God for her well-lived life are her precious sisters, Stella Marie Coles, Velois Young, Florence Hampton, and Virginia Young; two nieces who were her goddaughters, Stephanie Credle and Crystal Haskins; her nephews, Marvin Mullen, Bernard Nicholas, Jr., Jerry Nicholas, Calvin Caesar, Calvin Williams, Jr., Allen Williams, and Julious Williams; her nieces, Cynthia Lassiter, Audrey Williams, Renay Young, Regina London, Cherlyn Nicholas Mitchell, Gwendolyn Nicholas Rose, Valerie Nicholas Valentine, Demetria Nicholas Singleton, and Kimberly Snow; a very special great-niece, Sheree Mullen, and a host of other family and friends.