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Dorothy Marie “Dottie” Maxwell, 91, of Indianapolis, died Dec. 26, 2011.. She was born to the late Cecil H. and Marie (Terry) Goodpasture in Indianapolis on Oct. 8, 1920. A graduate of Shortridge High School, Dottie attended UCLA, Herron School of Art and Design, and Butler University. She married Richard A. Maxwell on March 18, 1939.. Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Susan Marie and Richard L. Fairchild and her beloved grandchildren Mark B. Fairchild of Fitchburg, Wisc.; and Angela Marie Fairchild, of Phoenix, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard and her son Charles Stewart Maxwell II.. As a young wife and mother in the early 1940s, moving to the country seemed to suit her well. Soon Dottie and family found Zionsville to be a magical place. For many years, most groceries were bought at the Knox Food Market, sides of beef kept frozen at the Zionsville Locker, and her children delighted in visits to the 5 and 10 cent store. Most sundries were purchased from the drug store. Every room in their home contained at least one item from Brown’s Antiques. All enjoyed “picture shows” at the Zionsville Movie Theater, square dances held in the street and wonderful dinners at the Frog Pond Restaurant. Later she helped manage a tiny one room “The Cluttered Closet” Antique Shop located in a narrow walkway between Main and First streets.. Dottie was an active volunteer in many organizations including the Red Cross Motor Pool Corps and the Red Cross Outreach Art Education Program. She served as past interim director for the Society for the Prevention of Blindness, and volunteered many years screening school-age children for vision problems. She was a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and enjoyed arranging flowers for the Lilly House. Dottie was a member of the Children’s Museum Guild for many years. She was an avid gardener and had memberships in the Neophyte and Trailing Arbutus Garden Clubs. Dottie was a member of Highland Country Club and Meridian Hills Country Club.. Dottie was an artist and studied with several prominent Indiana artists during the 1950s and 60s. She painted often with the Indianapolis Art League. Dottie enjoyed summertime in Pentwater, Mich., and boating on the Ohio River. She was an expert with a rod and reel and loved fishing with her husband in both fresh and salt waters. She was an active member of the Indiana Saddle Horse Association and was the consummate “horse show mom.”. In her early 20s, Dottie learned to fly an open-cockpit plane, and eventually passed her love of flying on to her son. Her interest in the arts and antiques led her to open the “Darn Barn Antiques” shop in the 1980s. She was most of all a devoted and caring wife, mother, and homemaker to her family and their friends. Several generations of her family and friends remember her as the hostess of countless skating, sledding, and swimming parties at their Traders Point Lake home. Dottie would say she was most proud of her grandchildren, her legacy who inherited her reverence for all nature, an uncanny connection to animals, and the joy of gardening.. A private memorial service celebrating Dottie’s life is planned. Contributions may be made to the Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center, P. O. Box 721, Zionsville, IN 46077, Second Presbyterian Church, or the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan Zionsville and online condolences may be made at www.flannerbuchanan.com.. Dottie’s family is grateful to the staff of Hooverwood Nursing Home for their expert and loving care given to her during the past years.
Published on  January 11, 2012
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