MAXWELL ColleenPosted: July 11th, 2014
COLLEEN RAE MAXWELL, beloved wife of the late Stanley Elwood Maxwell of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Raymond Health Center on July 6, 2014, at the age of 87. Mom is survived by her 7 children; Randy (Linda) of Lethbridge, Lorie of Lethbridge, Marty (Jeanne) of Bakersfield, California, Bryan of Lethbridge, Greg (Lisa) of Magrath, Brent (Julie) of Raymond and Scott (Cathy) of Lethbridge, as well as 22 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. She also leaves to mourn her siblings Yvonne Sherwood, Kay Peterson, Joanne (Sham) Stevens, Lydean Klovansky, and her sister-in-law Lois Peterson. In Ontario, she leaves to mourn from Stans family his sister Muriel Pierce, his brother T.J. Maxwell and brothers-in-law Kenny Lafontaine and Ted Clancy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mom was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on October 9, 1926, to Clifford M. Peterson and Fauntella Russell. She had a happy childhood and was blessed with a very close family, which provided her with lots of fond memories and stories that she loved to share. Mom grew up in Lethbridge where she attended public school and graduated from LCI. After high school she had a brief stay in Salt Lake City attending school and living in what was then called the Beehive House. She loved her experience in Salt Lake City, especially when she had the opportunity to play the organ in the Tabernacle. Upon returning to Lethbridge, she worked at Kresges candy counter with her sister Yvonne. It is here that she met her one true love. Mom and Dad were married on November 12, 1949, and their love spanned six decades. When all seven children were in school, Mom went to work part time at Sears in the cosmetic/jewelry department retiring in 1984. Mom was a wonderful person and showed love to everyone she came in contact with. Most of all, she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lived life to the fullest, but her family was always first and foremost. Mom loved music, and we have many special memories listening to her play the organ and piano for family functions, church and duets with her sister Lydean. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and held many musical callings over the years, but her favorite was being the Primary pianist as she loved working with the little children. Mom will forever be remembered for the unconditional love she had for her family and all those she knew, her ability to make everyone feel special, her generosity, her grace, her strength, her classy style, her love of shopping especially shopping for shoes. She was predeceased by her husband Stan, her parents, her mother and father-in-law, her brother, an infant great-grandson, her nephew, 6 sisters-in-law, and 6 brothers-in-law. Friends and relatives may meet the family on Friday, July 11, 2014 ONLY from 7:00 8:30 pm at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13th Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA STAKE CENTER, 2410-28 Street South with Bishop Aaron Bridge, officiating. Interment in the Mountain View Cemetery. Many thanks to Dr. Ken Dahl, Dr. Ernie Janzen, and all the staff at the Raymond Health Center for their kindness and loving care.