Maxine Bird Wells Domino of Palestine died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Palestine. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster.
She was born on Aug. 27, 1923 in Nacogdoches County to Albert Herman and Bessie Barrett Bird. She attended Central Heights school and graduated as valedictorian of the 1941 class. While in high school she was elected president of the junior and senior classes, selected as junior class favorite and editor of the yearbook. As a senior she was voted the student with the most school spirit and the best girl athlete, serving as captain of the basketball and volleyball teams.
She married Durward Wells, also of Central Heights, on April 5, 1942. Mr. Wells was then serving as a master sergeant in the United States Army Air Force. Following the death of her husband in 1958, Mrs. Wells returned to school earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University while working part time at both Commercial National Bank and The Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches. She received Stephen F. Austin’s Texas Power and Light graduate award for scholarship and contribution to the University and was elected to membership in Alphi Chi.
She began graduate work attending the University of Wisconsin, Syracuse University where she was a Wall Street Journal Newspaper Fund Fellow and later completed coursework for the PhD at the University of Missouri. While attending the University of Missouri she received several academic honors including Tri-Penta (women with cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above), Kappa Tau Alpha (top 10% of PhD class), and Chi Omicron Mu (distinguished research).
She began her teaching career at Angelo State University in San Angelo where she was the Chairman of the Department of Journalism. She moved to Morgan City, Louisiana in 1971 where she established an advertising and public relations firm serving area businesses, hospitals, and political campaigns for over 30 years. She also served as bureau chief for the New Orleans Times Picayune for a time as well as publishing a literary magazine, writing numerous articles, and a novel. In addition, she was an adjunct professor at Nichols State University. She married Frank J. Domino Sr. of Morgan City in 1974. In 2010, she moved to Palestine.