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Jeanette Coyan Maxfield passed away peacefully on Monday, December 18, 2017, in Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie Indiana and the final cadence of a beautiful, musical life sounded.
orn Dorothy Jeanette Coyan, born November 19, 1935, to Letitia Clare (Manly) Coyan, in Pryor, Oklahoma, Jeanette grew up at Tahlequah, and went to Northeastern State College and met her future husband, Joe Maxfield. She completed her studies at the University of Tulsa where she earned a degree in Music Education subsequently her Masters plus 60.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tahlequah and Mildred Fite was her piano teacher. She was a life-long friend of Virginia Stroup of Tahlequah who later married Gene Gibson. Beth Harrington was her favorite teacher at Sequoyah Elementary, and she was able to come to Ok. recently to see her brother, Ron Stroup, who passed away Jan. 12, 2017.

Jeanette's mantra was "God put me on this earth to accompany group singing." She was an energetic elementary and Jr. High music teacher at Broken Arrow, Claremore and Tulsa. She was choirmaster in several Tulsa churches including Asbury Methodist, Boston Avenue Methodist, John Knox Presbyterian, Fellowship Congregational, College Hill Presbyterian, St. Simeon's, St Aidan's Episcopal, and St. Luke's Episcopal. She accompanied the Tulsa Boy Singers, under the direction of Gene Roads. She accompanied at the Tulsa Spotlight Theater, played theater organ for silent movies with the Starlight Band. Five years ago when they moved to Muncie, Jeanette was organist at Lutheran Church of the Cross.

Jeanette is survived by her husband, of 61 years, Joe Seth Maxfield , daughters Claire Pusey (Michael) and Adele Maxfield; and adopted daughter, Judy Elton, grandchildren, Stephen Pusey (Meredith), and Sean Pusey, brother, Ronald Stroup, sisters Irene Dallas and Letitia Keene (Charlie). She is preceded in death by her parents Hubert Coyan and Clare Stroup; stepfather, Ed Stroup: brothers Roy Stroup and Thomas Stroup.

Services were held at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, Muncie, IN on Dec. 30, 2017.
Published on March 13, 2018
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