Most everyone here has knowledge of Maxine Kimbrough’s life: her hometown East St. Louis; her mother, aunt and brother, son, step- sons, “daughter,” grandchildren, and her beloved Eddie; her school days; her spiritual legacy and her commitment to family and friends. Maxine has left an indelible mark on all of us whose lives she touched.
But we the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, want you to know better the AKA life she so elegantly and tirelessly lived. Maxine Parks Kimbrough became a member of this Sisterhood on May 31, 1998, joining the Upsilon Phi Omega Chapter in Madison County, Illinois. Her active membership never flagged. The Resolution just read has already listed the offices she held and the committees on which she selflessly served. However, we want you to know about the “Service to All Mankind,” AKA’s motto, which she performed without complaint. Maxi never missed an AKA Day at the Capital, a Regional Conference, a Founders’ Day Observance, or a Boule (our national conference) if possible. Those are events for which we dress up and look especially fine. She usually made heads turn with her meticulous, feminine, sassy attire. Actually, that’s how she gained the nickname Tina (as in Tina Turner). However, Maxine was not just a dressed-up AKA. She worked, and she worked hard. She was on the trail for the Lupus Walks, serving and comforting at the nursing home visits, and bundled up for the annual fall Coat and Food Drives, regardless how cold her hands got. She would energetically set-up and tear-down, clean-up and organize. She was committed to community service and to the mission of our Sisterhood. These are the things about this AKA we want you to know. She was my Roomie for 20 years and our Maxi. We are blessed to have called her Soror.
Read by Gail Whitehead Mosley
All, especially by the women of Upsilon Phi Omega, will miss Sister Maxine P. Kimborough.