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Maxine Peterson Blair

Maxine Peterson Blair, 87, passed away October 18 at Presbyterian Home of Hawfields following a year-long illness.

She was born to Artie and Sudie Peterson on September 12, 1927 in Delco, Columbus County, North Carolina. She was the last survivor of their twelve children.

She was a fabulous dancer, an accomplished seamstress, a wonderful cook and she grew beautiful African violets. But, most of all she loved her family and the Lord. She was a devout Christian who was proud to be the mother of two United Methodist pastors.

A long-time resident of Durham, NC, she was a 40+year member of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church where she served as president of the United Methodist Women and was a Stephen minister. In recent years, she relocated to Alamance County to live with her daughter and son-in-law and was a member of Mebane United Methodist Church where she was blessed to make many new friends.

She is survived by four children: Margaret Blair Jordan and husband, Eugene, of Haw River; Karen Blair Petersen and husband, Dwight, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; Houston Vaden Blair, Jr. and wife, Cheryl Conrad, of Pittsboro; James Artie Blair of Murdoch Center in Butner; and their father Houston Vaden Blair of Monroe. She was well loved by her four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and the wonderful caregivers of Presbyterian Home of Hawfields to whom the family is ever grateful.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Mebane United Methodist Church. The family will receive visitors following the service. Arrangements are being handled by McClure Funeral Services in Mebane. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The ARC of the Triangle at 3500 Westgate Dr., Suite 402, Durham, NC 27707.