Maxine Kemp, 92, of Fayetteville, a retired educator, died Sunday, January 13, 2019, at her home.
Born July 6, 1926, in Malvern, she was the daughter of Max and Grace Baker.
Maxine attended high school in Stilwell, Okla. An outstanding student, she began her studies at Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia at age 16 and earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry.
While at Ouachita, she married Cecil Kemp, a native of Warren. He was an All-American football player and president of the student body and she was an honor student.
Following graduation from Ouachita, the Kemps began a long career as public school educators. She taught science and he was a teacher, coach and administrator at Searcy, Parkin, Arkadelphia, Mena, Dardanelle and Limon, Colo.
Maxine retired from teaching at Dardanelle and then spent several rewarding years as an ESL counselor with the Yell County Literacy Program. She was a wonderful advocate for many disadvantaged members of her community who were seeking a better life for their families.
Her husband died in 1982. In 2007 he was inducted into the Ouachita Athletic Hall of Fame and Maxine was there to receive the award in his honor. In 2005 she was named Citizen of the Year by the Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce in recognition of her dedicated work in the local school system, her church and the community.
A lifelong Baptist and committed Christian, she was always dedicated and involved in her local church and made many lifelong friends as a result. She took her teaching responsibilities very seriously and touched the lives of her students in a positive and productive manner at each of her teaching posts.
Maxine was a loving wife, supportive parent and doting grandmother and great-grandmother. Along with her faith, her family was the focus of her life. A very intelligent person, she continued her interest in education and knowledge of the world around her throughout her entire life.
She spent the final years of her life in West Fork and Fayetteville, near the home of her daughter, and kept a positive attitude despite recent health problems. Her final two years were spent happily at Brookstone Assisted Living in Fayetteville.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Gordon Maxwell Baker.
Survivors include her son, Ron (Nancy) Kemp of Rector; her daughter, Kay (Charlie) Rossetti of West Fork; grandchildren Wendy Osier of Vilonia, Dominic (Cindy) Rossetti of Batesville, Jonathan (Angie) Kemp of Jonesboro and Ashley (Neal) Wimberley of Little Rock; great-grandchildren Lillian Osier, Jay Rossetti, Campbell Osier, Anna Wimberley, Maggie Wimberley, Mary Claire Kemp, Henry Rossetti and Madison Blue.
Arrangements are through Nelson-Berna Funeral Home of Fayetteville. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Rockport Cemetery near Malvern. Memorials may be made to the River Valley Literacy Council, 501 North Front Street, Dardanelle, Ark., 72834, or the World Missions program at the West Fork Baptist Church, 246 North Centennial Avenue, West Fork, Ark., 72774.