1926 - 2002
Mother - Teacher -
On May 4th, 2002, Hartford lost a good friend and
mentor. Maxine Sinclair was a genuinely loving person who shared her
love with everyone she met. She was a courageous woman who
carved a worthy path through the world and our community. Although her torch has dimmed in reality, her memory and values will remain a beacon for
many years through the lives of her students that she taught and loved, as
well as their parents.
This photo was taken a couple of years ago and
reflects Maxine's exuberant spirit throughout her life.
The following are special awards she earned and
received that will give just a glimpse of who she was.
Michigan Mother of Year
April 2, 1984
HARTFORD - Maxine Sinclair of
Hartford has been chosen as Michigan Mother of the Year for 1984-1985 by the
State Mothers Association, winning an award which went to her own mother
seven years ago.
Mrs. Sinclair, of 60980 County Road
681, Hartford, will receive her award in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe
on April 27, according to Mrs. Dorothy Haugard, a member of the Hartford
United Methodist Women to which Mrs. Sinclair also belongs. The group
was one of her sponsors in the contest.
Mrs. Sinclair, the wife of John A.
Sinclair and the mother of four grown children, was one of about 50 finalist
for the ward, Mrs. Haugard said. Mrs. Sinclair said her own mother,
Mrs. Oscar (Marion) Finkbeiner of Middleville, Mich., won the state Mother of
the Year award for 1977-78.
As Michigan Mother of the Year, Mrs.
Sinclair will attend Mothers Association state and national conferences,
assist with programs and projects on the national and state levels, and
assume other responsibilities, according to Mrs. Haugard.
She said Mrs. Sinclair was nominated
for the award by the United Methodist Women, the Hartford Education
Association, the Hartford Lions Club and the Progressive Mothers Club.
Mrs. Sinclair has taught elementary
school for 29 years, teaching in Hartford since 1967. She is currently
a fifth-grade teacher at Red Arrow Elementary School. She has also been a
member of the HEA for 16 years, serving as president of the teachers' union
for two of those years and a board member for 10 years. She is also an
active member of the Hartford United Methodist Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair have a
daughter, Nancy, 34, who is a sales manager for a broadcasting system in the
U.S. Virgin Islands; and three sons; John, 31, a social worker in San
Francisco; Thomas, 24, an Honors College student at Michigan State University
who plans to enter the Methodist ministry, and Steven, 21, a part-time
student at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
August 31, 1984
I am fascinated by the drama and beauty of the
Olympics, symbolized by the beautiful torch that flames throughout the
games. We, as parents, carry a lighted torch symbolizing our home - the
inspiration for great men and women. Like the torch bearers of
Sarajevo, we are amateurs; but we're chosen by God to carry the light for new
First, our home should be a source of love and
warmth for all who share its light...a place where we laugh and cry...share
common interests...and where each family member feels accepted and able to
share both good and bad.
Next, the light of our home should illuminate each
child; identifying the special talents and attributes that make him a unique
person to himself and to the world. Each child must be accepted as an
individual, worthy of love and respect. When we, as parents, care about
him; he will learn to respect himself and value his body and mind as worth of
Also, our light should illuminate ourselves as
guides to emulate. We teach discipline, proper behavior, and the
importance of good choices by:
3. and when needed be, enforcing the
patterning after our model. Children read what we are much
faster than what we say.
Then, our light should attract and include people of
all cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, varying religious beliefs, and
career choices. The brilliant tapestry of these experiences and beliefs
will enrich our children and help them develop an appreciation of
differences. They'll have an opportunity to test and weigh their
beliefs and values; developing for themselves a code to live by that will be
a bedrock for their lives.
Our light should bring the best of our culture to
our children: the beauty of nature, pride in our American ideals, good
music, the richness of literature - encouraging in them a love of the superb,
thus providing a yardstick for their choices.
Our torch must hold high the light of God's love and
understanding - given to each child as he can understand and when he's ready
- based on our own prayer, study and public worship. Many times our own
flame will grow dim, and our arms tire of holding it high, but the Great God
will stop to refresh and revive us. His light will give each child
their own torch, to give their lives light through every future day and need.
And they, in turn, will light the torches of new generations. Until all
the world is aglow!
Raising Great Men and Women
December 6, 1983
I've found no "magic formula" for
mothering. My husband, Jack, has been a positive and supportive father,
providing a stable home, happy environment, and respected model for our
We've felt a positive self-concept and a firm base of love
and understanding was the most important foundation for our children.
We set firm guidelines for behavior and making choices, but tried to allow
them to make most of their own decisions. We honestly and freely
discussed issued and problems. We shared every aspect of our children's
developing interests. People of all ages, social and ethnic backgrounds
are geographic origins were welcomed into our home and their friendships
enriched their lives. We encouraged the uniqueness of each child and
are proud of their maturation into responsible adults.
Our faith in God and His daily guidance has given us strength
and understanding sufficient for every day with its problems, challenges, and