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Maizie Jae Fry

December 25, 1926 ~ March 15, 2018 (age 91)
Maizie Jae Fry, 91, of Hannibal, MO passed away at 8:46 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, at her home.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel, in Hannibal. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Maizie was born in Sterling, IL on Christmas Day in 1926, the daughter of Mark and Jeane (Forrester) Coe. She married James F. Jae, Jr. on July 1, 1950 in St. Louis, Mo. He preceded her in death on March 29, 1973. She married James McCune Fry on May 28, 1983. He preceded her in death on May 17, 1997.

Survivors include one son, James F. Jae, III and wife Mary (McIntyre) of Hannibal, Mo.; two daughters, Jeane N. Jae of St. Louis, Mo. and Sher Jae of Leawood, KS; three step-daughters, Ketta Brown of Laguna Beach, Ca., Elizabeth Matteson of Louisiana, Mo. and Margaret Brigham of Jackson Hole, Wy.; five grandchildren, Julia Paul (Jordan Pickeral), Mark Paul, Alex Sebring, Courtney Sebring and Mollie Jae; nine step-great grandchildren Michael, Kacky, Sarah, Annie, Charlie, Hanna, Kate, Austin, and Margaret; and three great grandchildren, Lana, Rhys and Soren.

Maizie graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia with a degree in Journalism and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She later completed teaching requirements at Quincy College. Maizie was an exuberant friend and conversationalist, never knowing a stranger. Her great loves in life included her husbands, Jim and Jimmy Mac, her children and their families, golf, bridge and travel. She won the Hannibal Country Club golf championship multiple times. As the family matriarch, she modeled tenacity, perseverance, self-reliance and self-respect. Following the death of her first husband she became the founding manager of the first in-door racquet club in Quincy, Il. and later became a successful advertising sales person for WGEM Radio.

She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, in care of the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Online condolences may be made to the family on Maizie's memorial page at

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