Lillie Maxine Carroway


January 22, 1930 - March 9, 2012

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Lillie Maxine “Max” Carroway, 82, of Fairbanks, passed away March 9, 2012 in Fairbanks.
Born and raised in Virginia, she relocated to Alaska in 1951, where she regarded Fairbanks as her permanent home. Some of the things she accomplished while living in Fairbanks was being the first female bank manager after statehood in 1959, working for First National Bank of Fairbanks and LADD Airforce Base. Many in Real Estate will remember her from Golden North Reality. While in retirement, she assisted Susan Butcher with her Iditarod Race preparation. She was a member of the ladies Auxiliary #8, and Pioneers of Alaska in the mid 1990’s. For many years in a row, she won the Fairbanks Beautification Award for yard plantings and flowers. In her younger days, she loved to jitterbug, and listen to Nat King Cole. Later in life, she loved gardening and growing her tomatoes, sewing, embroidery, quilting, and making dog booties for Susan’s racing team. She loved her friends and neighbors like they were an extension of her own family.

Found among her favorite things was this poem:
“Friends are like flowers. I have found them so: The hardy staunch perennials that grow year after year are like some friends I know. One need not to cultivate them with great care, they only need the sun and wind and air of trust and love, and they are always there. Some must be nursed with trowel and spade, and sheltered from the sun, or too much shade, for fear their frail and clinging bloom may fade. Friends are like flowers. I would be a friend whose blossomings no hand ever tend: A perennial on whom hearts can depend.”

If you remember Maxine, please plant an extra flower in your garden for her this summer, she felt closest to God in her garden.

She was predeceased by her parents; William Hatcher and Ella Mitchell Martin, her sister and brother-in-law Eloise and Francis E. Fehlman, brother and sister-in-law William and Joyce Martin, nephews George Thumas Martin Jr., Robert Clinton, and Steven Patrick Martin.
She is survived by her daughter Lisa Carroway of Fairbanks, AK, her brother and sister-in-law George Thomas Martin, Sr. and Charlotte of Virginia, her nieces Cynthia Sue Parlier of California, Emma Victoria Bean of Virginia, Carrie Elizabeth Martin of Oregon, and nephews Randall Francis Fehlman, David Key Martin, both of California, and Paul Christopher Martin of Washington.