Maxine Hodes

Bainbridge Island resident Maxine M. Hodes, 87, died at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle Dec. 15.

She was born Feb. 2, 1914, in Myrtle Point, Ore., to Norman W. and Nellie McDonald.

The familiy moved to the Clear Creek area when Maxine was four years old. She attended Clear Creek Elementary School and Central Kitsap High School before graduating from Bremerton High School in 1932. She earned a scholarship to study English at Washington State University, but her matriculation was pre-empted when she received a marriage proposal from Austin Haley. They married in 1933.

Austin Haley was a machinist at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton before being loaned to the Philippine Shipyard. The family lived there for three years.

When the war began, Austin Haley was transferred to Washington, D.C. and Maxine and the couple’s children were stranded in the Philippines. After her mother sent a desperate appeal to freshman Sen. Warren Magnuson, they escaped on the last ship before Japanese occupation.

Austin Haley joined the Army during World War II, and died in an airplane crash in December 1947. Maxine Haley and her boys returned to Bremerton.

She married Lewis Hodes in 1955 and they lived on Mercer Island from 1957-77.

With the exception of two years in Green Valley, Ariz., she lived on Bainbridge Island from 1977 until her death.

Hodes is survived by three sons, Dennis R. Haley of Port Aransas, Texas, Patrick A. Haley of Myrtle Point, Ore., and Marshall Haley of Glendale, Ariz.; two sisters, Mary Ellen Adams of Seattle and Dorothy Whitley of Tacoma; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Brian, at age six, and Lewis Hodes in 1991.

A memorial was conducted Dec. 18 at the Wyatt House, 186 Wyatt Way on Bainbridge Island. Memorial donations may be sent to the Wyatt House.

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