Obituary: Alice Maxfield Coxe Keith 1919-2018
Alice Maxfield Coxe Keith, 99, died Dec. 18, 2018, in Cottonwood, Arizona. She was born in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, to Marshall Coxe and Alice Maxfield Coxe.
Alice grew up in Englewood and Tenafly, New Jersey, where she graduated from Dwight School for Girls. She worked as a secretary for the Franklin School before marrying her husband, Eugene Dickson Keith, at the outbreak of World War II in 1941. She and Gene made their first home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, during his senior year at Harvard.
The U.S. Navy then took them to Washington, D.C., California, and Seaside, Oregon. After the war they made their home in Louisville, Kentucky, where Gene worked as a reporter until 1961 when they moved to the Washington, D.C. area.
Alice worked as a secretary for an insurance company in Rockville, Maryland, and the Takoma Park (Maryland) Presbyterian Church, where she retired in 1984 and began volunteering as parish visitor. After a couple of trips to see her daughter and grandchildren in Arizona, she moved to Clarkdale in 1993, where she lived until moving to assisted living in Cottonwood in 2016.
Alice excelled at making people feel welcome wherever she was. She brought art and music into all the places she lived, and loved to host family meals. She wrote a family newsletter for decades that helped keep her far-flung family members connected.
She was relentlessly proud of her children and grandchildren, and would tell anyone and everyone detailed stories of their childhoods. Her remedy for whatever ailed you was to take a nice, long nap.
Alice was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Eugene, in 1972; her sister, Adelaide, in 2010; and her daughter, Penelope “Punky” Keith in 2009.
She is survived by her twin, Cornelia Coxe Brewster; sons, Jefferson Keith and partner, Mark Wilson, Russell Keith and wife, Edy, and Marshall Keith and wife, Patty Ferry; daughters, Elizabeth Klinger and Alexandra “Sandy” Boothe and husband Christopher Boothe; grandchildren, Vanessa Keith, Ivan Boothe, Camille Giordano, Giulia de Prophetis, Liza de Prophetis, Marianella Youhouse, and Kacey Keith; and three great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her long-term caregiver, Joan Clark, and roommate, Ruth DaFonseca.
Religion was a guide and comfort to Alice throughout her life and she lived in a selfless way as she felt God wanted. She has now entered joyfully into God’s keeping.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 31 at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 901 S. 12th St., in Cottonwood.
The family is grateful for the loving care provided by Northern Arizona Hospice, Abrio Care, and Haven of Cottonwood.
Information provided by survivors.