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Maxinne Jacobs Benitez


Maxinne Jacobs Benitez of Tucson, Arizona died on August 14, 2021 at the Oro Valley Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Maxinne was born March 21, 1956 in Massena, New York.

Daughter of the late Richard "Big Dick" Jacobs and Margaret Jacobs (Tarbell), Maxinne graduated from Salmon River Central School in 1974. She graduated from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson and practiced massage therapy in Arizona and Colorado. She later studied at the Institute of Integrated Nutrition and worked as a health coach.

Maxinne was proud of her Mohawk heritage as a member of the Mohawk Nation Longhouse. She enjoyed celebrating with and connecting with members of all tribal nations and people from cultures around the world at Pow Wow events, art shows and other gatherings wherever she happened to live.

Maxinne is survived by her husband, Michael Benitez of Tucson, daughter Sara McDonald and son-in-law Stephen Oakes of Cornwall, Ontario, Brother Brian "Zeke" Jacobs and sister-in-law Margaret of Akwesasne, Sister Joy Smith of Tucson, and Sister Michelle Williams of Saranac Lake, NY. She is also survived by three grandchildren Kashtin, Kennadi, and Kassadi and nephew Shawn, many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends.

Donations in memory of Maxinne can be made to a charity of one's choice. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.


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