Being diagnosed with lung disease in 2001 was considered a mere bump in the road to 61-year-old Richmond resident Maxine Hinton.

How does she do it?

“A lot of prayer and faith in God,” said Maya Hinton, Maxine’s daughter, who also lives in Richmond. “It seems like she never gets tired. She’s always go, go, go. We were all concerned (about her diagnosis), but she was always an active person and doesn’t really complain.”

Maxine also has a son Marcus and comes from a family of six children.

Maya describes her mother as “... an all-around great woman. She’s a loving mother, a loving wife and she’s a church woman.”

Despite her physical ailment, Maxine is an active volunteer at the First Baptist Church, Francis and Collins and is known for cooking for the children at Vacation Bible School, Maya said.

Her physical ailments led to her retirement from the Blue Grass Army Depot after working there 33 years as an inventory supply technician.

Maxine’s lung disease affected her eyesight and she now wears two hearing aids, but that does not stop her duties as a grandmother.

Her two grandchildren, Mercedes, 7, and 14-month-old Akeelah, spend their days with Maxine who said she enjoys reading to them and taking Mercedes to dance classes and softball practices.

“They love Nana,” Maya said. “The oldest had rather eat Nana’s pancakes than my pancakes. She takes them to the park for picnics, out to eat and takes them shopping.”

There are several things Maxine enjoys about being a grandmother, she said.

“I like just watching them grow and being able to share a lot of things with them,” Maxine said.

Aside from her duties as grandmother and church volunteer, she also serves as secretary for the local AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and has been the assistant troop leader and “cookie mom” to her granddaughter’s Girl Scout troop for the past two years.

“She loves unconditionally,” Maya said. “She would do anything for anyone. She just can’t say no. When I was a little girl she was my Girl Scout troop leader and went on field trips with my class. She is truly one of God’s children.”

As an experienced mother and grandmother, Maxine’s advice to new mothers is simple: “Spend time with them and enjoy them as much as you can.”

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 624-6608.

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