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16 Pleasant Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9311
Fax: 207-622-9313
Barbara Maxim-Hendsbee

Barbara J Maxim-Hendsbee

Wednesday, April 9th, 1952 - Thursday, May 20th, 2021
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“Here she comes, Miss America!” Barbara J. Maxim-Hendsbee, age 69, was brought home to God unexpectedly Thursday, May 20, 2021 along with her beloved granddaughter, Vada-Leigh Peaslee and her dear friend, Rosalyn Jean. She was born in Augusta, ME on April 9, 1952 a daughter of Howard R. and Janet P. (Burns) Maxim.
Barbara, aka GiGi, Barbie, Barbwire, Mumma, Cupcake, and Babs was an outstanding student; a 1970 graduate of Cony High School and a 1975 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono.
She had been employed for over 40 years at the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinal, and had most recently been enjoying the freedom of retirement as it allowed her to spend invaluable time with her cherished granddaughter Vada.
In addition to caring for her only granddaughter, Barbara’s interests included spending time with beloved friends and family, gardening and beautifying her surroundings, watching Hallmark and Lifetime movies, fanatically rooting for her favorite New England pro sports teams, and caring for her precious rescued pets. She often could be found travelling with her best friends and Life Partner to Boothbay, Old Orchard and Belfast, dancing to live music, snacking on tuna sandwiches, enjoying coffee with cream only, singing “Barbara anthems” to her two beautiful daughters, and showering them both with every ounce of love and support imaginable.
Barbara is survived by her Life Partner, Dexter Pinkham of Augusta; two daughters: Molly MH Kimball and her husband Patrick of Augusta and Megan L Peaslee and her husband Ronald of Windsor; her parents: Howard R. and Janet P. (Burns) Maxim of Concord, NC; two brothers: R. Michael Maxim and his partner Laura Gabriel of Augusta, and Scott E. Maxim and wife Teresa of Harrisburg, NC; her former husband, friend, and father of her children Wayne Hendsbee of Farmingdale, Dexter’s children Lindsey and Justin, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
So many hearts are forever scarred by the passing of this beautiful woman. Our family would like to express the sincere gratitude we are feeling for the outpouring of love and support from the entire community. We ask that Barbara’s example inspires all to love, forgive, support the underdog, and always show thanks.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 4th at 2 PM at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. Burial will follow the funeral in Rest Haven Cemetery, Rt. 32, Windsor. A celebration of life for Barbara and dear friend Rose will be held beginning at noon on Saturday, June 5th at the Calumet Club in Augusta.
The family requests that donations in Barbara’s memory be made to: Little Paws Big Hearts Pekingese Rescue through their website at:
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    Friday, June 4th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Friday, June 4th, 2021 2:00pm
    Plummer Funeral Home
    16 Pleasant Street
    Augusta, ME 04330
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    A Celebration of Barbara's Life will be held starting at Noon on Saturday, June 5th at the Calumet Club, West River Rd., Augusta
  • Interment

    Rest Haven Cemetery
    10 Ridge Road
    WINDSOR, ME 04363
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Pamela Savoy

Posted at 11:24am
Someone as special as a mother, is never gone from this world. May you still see her smile in your mirror and hear her voice singing in your heart.

Barbara was a mother, daughter, Partner, sister,aunt and friend to many. She will be sadly missed. My heart goes out to all of you.

Posted at 08:38am
I know Barbara as Megan's Mom and Veda's GiGi. She must be a wonderful person to be loved so much by Megan and Veda. Hugs, Hugs and more hugs.

Terrie Kee

Posted at 01:38am
My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Barbara truly signified what the word genuine means. She was a genuine friend to all who had the honor of knowing her. Her smile lit up every room she walked into, and even if meeting her for the first time, you walked away feeling as if you had known her a life time. I’m grateful for having known her. Our daughters went to school together and we shared some laughs over some of their high lights through school. I always looked forward to seeing her out at gigs when I performed with the band. She will be forever missed on this earth….god has gained a true angel.

Terrie Kee

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