Maxine A. Converse, 88

Maxine A. Converse, age 88, died peacefully at The Villages of Rockville Nursing Home in Rockville, Maryland on April 27, 2013.

She was the daughter of William & Ella Applewhite of Rieglewood, North Carolina and sister of George Applewhite.

After graduating The Woman’s College of The University of North Carolina in Greensboro, she went on to live in New York City and work in personnel for the Revlon Corporation. She later married David B. Converse and resided in Wilton.

After they later divorced, she moved to New Canaan with her daughter, Cynthia. She worked for many years until she retired from the Caldor Corporation. She often traveled to North Carolina to see family and spend time by the water. She also traveled to Spain and took a Windjammer Cruise in the 1970s.

She returned to Wilton in the 1980s where she lived on the former Cole Apple Orchard on Skunk Lane. Her last residence in Wilton was at the Ogden House on River Road. When she became ill with Alzheimer’s Dementia, she moved to Maryland to be closer to her daughter. People may recall seeing her tall slim figure walking in and around Wilton Center. Always on the go, her family often remarked that it was difficult to keep her in one place. She would often regale family, friends and acquaintances with her stories of growing up on a farm in North Carolina, her college years, and the time she spent living in New York City.

She was an avid reader who especially liked the New York Times; she enjoyed folk music, hiking, nature, the ocean and photography. Growing up with a brother who was deaf, she learned sign language and became involved with the deaf community in Connecticut for a time.

She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Wolff, her son-in law, Mark Wolff of Gaithersburg, Maryland and her granddaughter, Emily Wolff of Arlington, Virginia; as well as nephew, Bill Applewhite, and nieces, Mary Rogers and Betty Harrison and their families in Wilmington, Greensboro and Kure Beach, North Carolina.

A memorial service was held in the chapel of The Villages of Rockville on May 3, 2013 and her remains will be buried at the family cemetery near her childhood home in Rieglewood, North Carolina this summer.