Maxine Garcia Mickens of Alexandria, VA, passed away peacefully on May 27, 2019 at age 68.
Maxine was born on September 18, 1950 in Sherborn, Massachusetts, to Georgia and Joseph Mickens. She graduated from Dover-Sherborn Regional High School in June of 1968 and attended St. Regis College that following September. She served in the United States Naval Reserves in 1978 being Honorably Discharged in 1996. She raised two daughters in Seal Beach, California from 1983 to 1998. In the summer of 1998 she moved to Alexandria, Virginia.
In Virginia, Maxine was employed as a Pharmacy Technician at the Pentagon in 1998. In 2000, she became a Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Technician at the National Institutes of Health. She then transitioned into the same position at Walter Reed Medical Center in 2004. She enjoyed her part time job at The Art League Store in Old Town, Alexandria.
Maxine was a talented artist in painting and photography. She was considered an excellent cook, loved music, enjoyed dancing, and singing. She was witty, feisty, and optimistic. She was passionate about politics and spent her free time canvassing for her favorite politicians. Most of all she looked forward to calls from her grandchildren each night.
Maxine will be dearly missed by her two daughters. The oldest is Shannon A. Mickens who resides in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is also the mother of Maxine’s five grandchildren: Sean A. Martinez, Evan A. Martinez, Zoe M. Martinez, Keoni E. Martinez, and Sabrina A. Martinez. Her youngest daughter, Penelope E. C. Mickens, and her daughter-in-law, Juanita M. Gavan, both reside in Springfield, Virginia. Her surviving siblings are Paul D. Mickens of Natick, Massachusetts and Martha C. Mickens; whom she shared a home of 20 years in Alexandria, Virginia along with her cat Lulu and turtle Roxie.