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Jan 5, 1949 - Aug 2, 2023
At her request there will not be a funeral or memorial service but friends are invited to get together and share a glass, a story, a moment to reflect on her life as well as your own.
At 18:20 August 2, 2023 the love of my life and the light of my life - my dear, darling Shirley Maxwell - left this earth peacefully and content with her life well lived. The hole in my heart will never mend but I will fill it every day with the wonderful moments & memories we have had together over the last 37 years with our family and friends all over the world and wherever we lived.
Born January 5, 1949 in Hawk Junction, she spent her childhood in Sault Ste Marie. Shirley arrived in Fort McMurray in 1977 as a single mother with a small child & without knowing a single person. She supported herself and made many friends over the 27 years she worked for GCOS & then Suncor Energy Inc as an Inventory Control Specialist & Buyer. She was well-liked, respected and sought out for her skill & diligence. She achieved a life goal by getting married before she turned 50 and she has enjoyed a wonderful retirement with good health, lots of travel & cruises all over the world, enjoying Calgary, homes & family & friends wintering in La Quinta, CA and summers in Sylvan Lake, AB - her favourite places to enjoy a laugh, a conversation and a glass of Pinot Grigio. She completed many dozens of 2500+ piece puzzles but would never do the same one twice; she played Candy Crush (to level 5586) & Scrabble daily; and she was the family genealogist with 7413 people researched for our family tree.
Shirley died 78 days after being diagnosed with Stage IV Terminal lung cancer on May 17 this year. She was a life long smoker until she quit on the spot last October. She fought her short battle with this terrible disease with pride, dignity, grace and humour. She was grateful to have been visited by all her family members during this time.
Shirley is survived by her husband of almost 25 years Gregory Bruce Lindsay; her step children Gerri Strecker(Rob), Geoffrey Lindsay (Ashley), daughter Riahha Labine Maxwell; eight grandchildren Heather, Steffen, Katrina, Gavin, Ella, Lauren, Beckett & Tate; six great grandchildren Tatianna, Hunter, Aunna, Maverick, Ryder, & Beckett; her siblings Jacki Maxwell, Marilyn Delparte (Art) and James Maxwell (Terri) and many cousins, nieces and
nephews. She was predeceased by brother Roy Maxwell (Kathy), her mother Margaret Maxwell (nee Smith) and father Joseph Maxwell.
Thank you to the many people who supported her during this ordeal including the Doctors & nurses at Red Deer Regional Hospital & Cancer Centre, Sylvan Family Health Centre, Sylvan Home Care & Palliative Care Team who are exceptional, caring people working in a broken AHS system. Thank you as well to her many friends who gave their time, food, flowers, badly needed equipment, love, friendship and support during her journey.
At her request there will not be a funeral or memorial service but friends are invited to get together and share a glass, a story, a moment to reflect on her life as well as your own. If you want to make a donation in lieu of flowers I would suggest the local “Arch” or the SPCA.
Our love for her will last forever and ever.
Arrangements entrusted to Sylvan Lake Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.sylvanlakefuneralhome.ca
Les & Linda Anderson:
Sincerest condolences Greg, family, friends… our thoughts are with you… and also, in our hearts
Les & Lin
I met Shirley and Greg at their home in Sylvan Lake. She was such a gracious host. I was so impressed by her genealogy skills and research. She was very inspiring to me.
RIP Shirley and Greg may your beautiful memories of your soul mate be a balm to your soul.
John and Sylvia Lynn:
We were so sad to hear of Shirley passing. We both have great memories of the times we were with her. We remember her warm friendship, generosity, sense of humour . We will forever treasure these memories. So sorry for your loss Greg.
Condolances to Greg, my Fort Murray collegue, and Family. Ed
My deepest condolences to the family of Shirley Maxwell. She will always be remembered for her warm smile and endless hours of family research. Shirley has helped me often with our family tree. Rest in Peace dear cousin. Shirley's grandfather and my grandmother were brother and sister.
I was sad to hear of Shirley,s passing and I trust that she is now at peace. I got to know Shirley back in the 1960s when we were in our teens. I met her family when they lived in the Monterey Gardens area in the Sault. Her whole family were wonderful people. We would show up on our motorcycles and her mother would always make us feel welcome - even though the motorcycles may have been a bit loud for some of neighbors, she would offer tea and great conversation. Shirley was part of that warm and gracious fami;y. Shirley,s positive outlook on life will live on with all of us who knew her and we will hold her memory close within. My sincere condolencess go out to Shirley's family and to all who were fortunate to know her.
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