Martha Graham, a third-generation granddaughter of Sam Jones Maxwell, Sr. and Daisy Marie Chandler Maxwell, and her husband, Al, hosted the annual Maxwell Family Reunion in Newport Beach from July 13 to 17.
With sweltering temperatures consistently hovering above 100 degrees in Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee, Newport Beach was considered paradise for the 43 family members. A mother-in law of a fourth-generation Maxwell traveled from as far away as Helsinki to join in the festivities.
Dinners, including Aunt Sybil Maxwell's chicken and dumplings, were served for the group at the Graham home. Dining on the patio every evening was a special treat, and the ideal temperatures helped confirm the reunion theme, "Heaven in 2011."