William “Bill” and Dorothy Maxwell were united in marriage on December 4, 1942 in Luther, Michigan. The ceremony took place at midnight due to a snowstorm that delayed the minister. Bill was a graduate of Kalamazoo College and Dorothy graduated from Western Michigan. At the time of their marriage in 1942 Bill was serving as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and Dorothy was teaching high school Home Economics (as well as Chemistry and Physics, due to the war time shortage of male teachers) in Elk Rapids and Brethren.
In 1946 they moved to Clare and purchased the flower shop known to residents as Maxwell’s Flowers and Gifts where they served the floral needs of Clare and surrounding communities. According to Dorothy, after “slaving for 39 years,” they sold the store to Barbara Kunse who later sold it to Gus Jelenek.
During those working years Bill and Dorothy raised a daughter, Marlene, and a son, Mike, on their farm on Dunlop Road. Marlene passed July 1, 2011; their son-in-law, Frank Bryant lives in Georgia. Mike and his wife Cindy live in Clare. Bill and Dorothy have been blessed with twin granddaughters, Megan and Michelle (Mike & Cindy’s daughters) ; and a grandson, Jason (Frank & Marlene’s son) and his wife Meagan ; and great grandson, Donovan, from Lansing.
The Family of William & Dorothy Maxwell, invite you to join them as they celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary. A dessert reception will be held in their honor on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. at the Doherty Hotel in Clare, Michigan.
Throughout their 34 years of retirement Bill and Dorothy, have traveled extensively. They have lived in Florida and Arizona but chose to call Clare their home. Cards may be sent to 605 1/2 Rainbow Dr. Clare, MI, 48617