By Richard Polese
Maxine Neely Davenport passed from us on February 14 following a traffic incident. She was a bright and engaging woman of 91 years.
Maxine served as director of our NMBA Homegrown Authors Table at Santa Fe Farmers Market starting in 2013. She was wonderfully devoted in that post for seven very full years, and was still going strong for us at the time of her death.
She practiced family law in Colorado Springs and was an avid outdoors woman. Maxine had climbed twenty-six 14,000-foot mountains before coming to Santa Fe to write and publish. On her arrival she began writing and publishing novels, including Saturday Matinee, Rebel on Horseback, Love Is a Legal Affair, and Murder Times Two.
Maxine received the NMBA Book-in-Hand Award for her work bringing people to buy and read books from New Mexico. She is survived by three children: Marian, Mark, and Mitch, plus seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and her daughter-in-law Cristal in Santa Fe.
One NMBA member urged our author’s table now carry her name: The Maxine Davenport Homegrown Authors Table. She so richly deserves the honor!
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