Maxyne Cecilia Zerby Dorr
Newspaper article on birth
Letter to her mother, April 1952
1. Maxyne Cecilia ZERBY
Maxyne grew up in Supply where
her family owned the Bank of Supply. Both of her parents worked in the
bank. Her grandfather, Burrel Million, who had owned the bank, died when
Maxyne was only one. Emma Kell (Bonnie,) her grandmother, built a smaller
home after Burrel died and the Zerby's moved into the nice large home
at the edge of town. In 1929 the bank moved to Woodward. In 1931 the bank
failed and the family moved to Lone Wolf.
Maxyne went to Southwestern State for her freshman year and then to Oklahoma
A&M. While in college she met and married Albert Edward Dorr in 1940.
Al graduated in January 1942. Edward Max was born in February 1942 and
Dana Michael in September 1943. While Al served in World War II, Maxyne
and the children lived with her parents in Perry, OK and she was able
to complete her degree.
After the war they moved to Oklahoma City where Al took a job with OG&E.
Patrick was born in May 1947. Al and Maxyne joined the little neighborhood
Presbyterian Church that Maxyne really enjoyed. This was the first time
she had ever been involved in a church. Maxyne was always active in school
affairs and was a Cub Scout den mother many times. Jon Real was born in
April 1950 and Kent Anthony in November 1952.
At this point they had five boys in a small three bedroom house. Al's
company, Comfort, Inc., was doing very well which enabled Maxyne to design
a nice five bedroom home which they moved into in 1958. In 1959 Al and
Maxyne took their first major overseas trip, a Chrysler trip with five
days in Paris and five in Rome. She had been an art major in school and
just to be able to see all the art work that she had studied was overwhelming.
As a child she had an intense interest in maps and geography. Over the
next few years they were fortunate to go on more Chrysler trips; all of
these were first class all the way. Most of the time they went with Lewis
and Joan Carter (Lewis was Al's partner). Some of the trips included Miami
Beach, Majorca, Barcelona, Madrid, Athens, Naples, Pompeii, Venice and
In 1971 there were a number of conflicts within the family that led Maxyne
to turn her life over to the Lord. In July 1974 she attended the Congress
on World Evangelism in Lausanne, Switzerland, which was very meaningful
to her. Over the next seventeen years she took many trips to conferences
all over the world. She went to Israel, and made many trips to China Europe.
Sometimes she would take one of her grandchildren.
After Al died in 1995, she withdrew to her home at the lake and never
was really involved outside of her home. In 2002 she moved to the Renaissance
Assisted Living Cemter in Stillwater with her dog Missy. She suffered
from Alzeimer's disease and had to be moved to the advanced care building
in 2006. Over the next few years she gradually lost most of her memory
but still remained a loving person. She died on September 30, 2007 in
her bed at the Renaissance Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She was a wonderful
woman and mother.
For more details on Maxyne's life see the document "Tales of the Al Dorr Family."
There is a link in the left sidebar.
Maxyne married Albert Edward DORR , son of Albert Ernest DORR and Laura Estelle BOSWELL . Albert was born on 3 Sep 1918 in Macon, Fayette Co., TN, died on 13 Jul 1995 in Oklahoma City, OK, at age 76, and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK.
Children from this marriage were:
i. Edward Max DORR
ii. Dana Michael DORR
iii. Patrick B. DORR
iv. Jon Real DORR
v. Kent Anthony DORR