Maria Ursula Maxfield, 81, a resident of Brittany Park for the past three and a half years, died peacefully in Kirkland, Wash., August 31, 2013 with her daughters by her side after suffering a stroke.
Born between the World Wars in the German region of Bavaria, she completed her education and worked for a German trade union in Munich. Her leadership potential, as well her fierce intelligence and independence, won her a German Marshall Fund scholarship to study at Cornell University in the Industrial and Labor Relations School. A12-month trip followed, backpacking across four continents with her would-be husband. Maria worked as a journalist at Time Inc. in New York City, when few women did, and later earned her living translating and abstracting academic work from seven languages for an academic information service. She was also employed as a technical writer at the Rutgers Institute for Alcohol Studies and Werner-Lambert – Pfizer.
Maria was often sighted walking at Brittany Park or at Crystal Lake swimming during the summer months. An avid reader and intellectual, she read several books a week. She started a poetry group and a science DVD group, and was a proud ambassador for Brittany Park.Maria is survived by her daughters: Sylvia Maxfield of Brookline, Mass. and Solveig Whittle of Woodinville, Wash. and six grandchildren: Terrell Maxfield Bulger of Portland, Ore.; Zoe Maxfield Bulger of Durham, N.C.; Katherine Maxfield Bulger of Durham, N.C.; Alexandra Frances McCarthy of Seattle, Wash.; Fiona Maria McCarthy of Woodinville, Wash.; and Christopher Pace Robinson of Woodinville, Wash. A private service will be held in Boston, Mass. Donations in Maria’s memory may be made to Evergreen Hospital Foundation – Hospice Services http://foundation.evergreenhospital.org/page.aspx?pid=343.