Marlborough – Clarissa (Clo) Ann Maxwell, passed away peacefully at the age of 62, on May 28, 2019 with her two beloved sons by her side. She was born in New Milford, Conn. on Oct. 23, 1956 to Frank and Agnes Ellen Orosz.
She leaves her husband of over 35 years, and love of her life, William (Bill) Maxwell. They had a backyard wedding, and as a testament to their jovial and quirky relationship, their wedding song had fated to be “Come on Eileen.” She also leaves her son, Derrick Maxwell with fiancée Kaitlin Quirk; son Taylor Maxwell with girlfriend Kerrie Long; and beloved pet cat Diego.
Clo was a mother to more than just her two sons: most of their neighborhood friends found a second mother in her. She provided a home away from home with love, care, and great meals. She had also rescued and cared for many animals, including several cats, birds, dogs, horses, and even a raccoon. Her fun-loving attitude and affection for others never stopped, and it spread to any person or animal who got to know her.
Her life’s passion grew for anything involving art. It started with film photography. She not only saw this as her hobby, but it was also realized in a freelance career, providing community photos for the local newspaper. Clo photographed her children, along with their friends and family during their childhood, and some photos even won local awards. She was able to capture many memories and left us all with them to cherish.
Always pushing her creative boundaries, she ran a small business through craft fair booths where she designed and made jewelry. She was truly passionate about the arts and wanted to share her love for it with everyone. She started teaching students at an after-school program, which then evolved into private, in-home, and assisted home living art lessons. She was also highly involved in volunteering art instruction at the Boys and Girls Club. Clo also shared her love for art as a volunteer at the Recovery Connection in Marlborough, which had become a second home to her. She impacted many lives through her ability to teach art, share memories through photographs, and always added her touch for heartwarming inclusiveness.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family would greatly appreciate if donations of food, clothes, and memorial contributions were made to The Recovery Connection in Marlborough, as this group had given her so much opportunity to push forward and prosper in life.
Her celebration of life service, and lifelong art display, will be held Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m., at the Courtyard by Marriott Boston Marlborough, 75 Felton St.