Obituary | Maxine (Briggs) Buzzell: A Cherished Life Remembered 2024


Maxine (Briggs) Buzzell Obituary

Obituary for Maxine (Briggs) Buzzell

May 31, 2024 | Vienna, Maine

A Life of Service and Dedication

Maxine (Briggs) Buzzell, a woman known for her unwavering spirit, boundless compassion, and unwavering dedication to her community, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2024, at the age of 79. Throughout her life, Maxine touched countless lives through her tireless efforts as an area coordinator for Somerset County Special Olympics, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come.

Championing the Special Olympics Movement

Maxine’s passion for helping others reached its zenith through her unwavering commitment to Special Olympics. As an area coordinator for Somerset County Special Olympics, she dedicated herself to creating inclusive opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in sports and recreational activities. Driven by her belief that everyone deserved a chance to shine, Maxine worked tirelessly to organize events, provide training, and foster a supportive environment where all athletes could reach their full potential.

For her outstanding contributions to Special Olympics, Maxine received the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award from the organization’s founder, Mrs. Kennedy Shriver. Her dedication and unwavering spirit were also recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award, a testament to her profound impact on the lives of countless athletes.

A Devoted Family and Cherished Memories

Beyond her Special Olympics involvement, Maxine’s life was enriched by a loving family and cherished relationships. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Jayson Buzzell, who stood by her side through thick and thin, providing unwavering support and companionship.

Maxine also leaves behind a legacy of love and affection through her children: Vanessa Greenleaf (husband Robert) of Winslow, Veronica Overlock (husband Alex) of Winslow, Vincent Briggs (wife Ellen) of Madison, and Vance Briggs of Frost Proof, Florida. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought immense joy to her life, filling her days with laughter and warmth.

Maxine’s passing is preceded by the loss of her mother, Dorothy Badger, her father, Richard Briggs, and her grandson, Clint James Briggs. Their memory lived on through the stories and cherished moments she shared with her loved ones.

Early Years and Career

Maxine’s early years were spent in the vibrant town of Machias, Maine, where she developed a strong work ethic and a deep appreciation for the value of community. Her career began in the local shoe shop in Lewiston, where she honed her skills and contributed to the town’s thriving industry.

Maxine’s desire to make a difference led her to work at the L.C. Dill Center, where she provided support and care to individuals with disabilities. Her compassion and dedication became evident in her interactions with the center’s residents, forging lasting bonds that shaped her life’s trajectory.

Graveside Service and Legacy

A graveside service honoring Maxine’s life and legacy will be held at a later date, allowing family and friends to gather and celebrate her extraordinary journey. Details regarding the service will be announced in due course.

A Lasting Legacy

Maxine (Briggs) Buzzell will forever be remembered as a woman who dedicated her life to making a positive impact on the world. Through her unwavering commitment to Special Olympics, her unwavering love for her family, and her infectious spirit, Maxine touched countless lives and left an indelible mark on her community. Her legacy will continue to inspire and motivate others to embrace compassion, inclusivity, and the pursuit of excellence.

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