Bethesda native and life-long resident Maxine White was recently chosen as the grand marshall for the Saturday, Dec. 4 Bethesda Christmas parade.

Bethesda Mayor Marty Lucas said he chose White because of her years of service to Bethesda and the surrounding community.

White served the Union Local School District for 29 years, retiring in May of 2002. She began her career as an aide, then a secretary aide and finally worked as a secretary, beginning at the Flushing and Morristown schools and then the new school.

"She knows many students and their parents and has seen them grow up," said Lucas. He said the tradition of choosing a marshall for the parade was reinstated in an effort to be more community-minded.

A graduate of the Bethesda High School class of 1954, White serves as unofficial historian of her alumni group and of the Ebeneezer Cemetery were she has been secretary for 35 years.

She is the oldest living active member of the Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Bethesda, where she has served as Sunday School and choir director. She is still pianist for the church.

White has four children - Holly Reed of Clarington, Mike Phillips of Bethesda , Lynn Majzun of Athens and Mark Phillips of Reynoldsburg and six grandchildren, all of whom she is very proud.