Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 7, 2014

Miriam Maxine Attaway

The Athens Review

Athens — Graveside services for Miriam Maxine Attaway, of Clever, MO, were held Tuesday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank, TX with Rev. Bill Nowell officiating. Miriam was born on February 18, 1917 in Martins Mill, TX to parents Barnett and Carrie (Wallace) Gunn and entered into eternal rest on April 3, 2014 at the age of 97. Miriam was known as “Maxine” by those who knew her best and “Grandma” by her grandchildren. She attended North Texas State University in Denton, TX, where she received her Masters’ in Elementary Education.  Maxine taught 5th grade at Garland ISD before retiring in 1971. She loved children and later worked at Mother’s Day Out in Athens, where she was known as “Grandma Maxine” to 125 children. Maxine enjoyed painting and artwork. She played the organ, did crossword puzzles and founded The Senora’s Club in Spanish Shores.  Maxine and her husband, M.D., built the first brick building and grocery store in Gun Barrel City and called it Attaway’s  Supermarket. She was Baptist by faith and attended the First Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City. Maxine was a very loving and kind lady who will be missed by all who knew her.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents,  her husband Marvin D. Attaway, son Marcus Attaway, sister Bobbie Atkins and aunt Carly Mae Wallace.

She is survived by her son Michael Attaway of Clever, MO, daughter-in-law Alice Attaway of Athens, grandchildren; Brien Attaway and wife Paige of Clever, MO, Forrest Attaway of Kansas City, MO, Travis Attaway and wife Carrie of Uniontown, PA, six great-grandchildren, other loving family members and many more friends.

Donations made be made in honor of Mirian Maxine Attaway to The Alzheimer’s Association at   

 A personal tribute may be made online at