4/18/1941 – 7/22/2020
It is with great sadness the family of Maxine Yvonne (Brandel) (Foss) Kelley announces her gentle passing on July 22, at the age of 79. Maxine was born on April 18, 1941 to the late Jack and Anna (Goldmanson) Brandel in Fresno, California. Her childhood was spent in San Francisco, graduating from Balboa High School, Class of 1959.
Maxine’s thirst for adventure took her all over the United States and Europe. Her lifetime appreciation of all things “old” led her in retirement to expand her interests with Estate Sales Unlimited. Maxine networked throughout Santa Barbara County and beyond, sharing her lifetime of knowledge and hands on experience appraising and selling antiques, not to mention collecting a few along the way. Maxine left an indelible impression with those whose paths crossed hers. She was an avid lover of art, photography and the theater.
Maxine pursued her interests with such passion and joy, from her love of performing in small theater in her younger days to traveling abroad in her “yonder years,” to her vast collection of books, paintings and collectibles. With matching tenacity, Maxine immersed herself in her local community too. A long-time employee for the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce, Maxine had the opportunity to support her “cherished place to live,” Carpinteria. She took pride in supporting her community by volunteering. The annual California Avocado Festival was a favorite, as was the Carpinteria Historical Society.
Within her resident community, Maxine was a local advocate for Mobile Home Rights & Provisions and the California Mobile Home Association; she spent over 25 years holding various offices, including president of the Recreation Club for many of those years. Maxine wasn’t afraid to insist on change that bettered her community. Whether she was creating a food bank for those in need or advocating for fair practices, Maxine took these on with strong determination and fierce resolve. She helped many and made a lot of friends along the way. Maxine will be greatly missed by her children Michael, Deborah, Alaina and Shaina; her five grandchildren Cathy, Ryan, Cayla, Emma and Max; her beloved Daisy Valentina; her niece Jill and nephews David and Paul; as well as many dear friends and colleagues. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents and beloved sister Paulette.
Memorial donations in Maxine’s name may be made to the Alcazar Theatre Center for Arts & Entertainment, 4916 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013.