January 29, 1943 – February 29, 2016
At the age of 73 years
A Celebration of Life will be held at the OAPA Hall in Sorrento on Saturday, April 9 at 2 pm.
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend on February 29, 2016 at the age of 73. A Celebration of Life will be held at the OAPA Hall in Sorrento on Saturday, April 9 at 2 pm.
Left behind to cherish her memory is her loving son Danny, grandson Cody Janzen, daughter-in-law Pat Janzen. She will also be missed by her sisters; Bev (Jim) Shelby, Shirley (Selmer) Peterson, brother Bryan (Linda) Ellefson and numerous nieces and nephews as well as countless friends. Maxine’s family is grateful for the gift of presence that her friends shared.
Maxine was predeceased by her husband Shagg (Walter), son Doug and precious grand-daughters Ali and Cassidy.
Maxine was born in Lethbridge, Alberta to Barney Ellefson and Mary DeMaere. She spent many wonderful years in Alberta where both Danny and Doug were born before the family moved to their Shuswap Paradise in 1979.
Throughout her life Maxine was an enthusiastic and welcoming individual who embraced family and friends. As a lady of strong opinions she reveled in spirited conversations, never letting her stubborn streak stop a good laugh.
Maxine adored her grand children and loved spending time with them. She tended her magnificent fish pond, beautiful flowers and park-like yard with tenacious pride and passion.
Each season brings its own unique blessings and her family gives thanks for all those endeavors she enjoyed.
At Maxine’s request cremation has taken place. If friends so wish, memorial donations may be made to a charity of their choice. The family would like to thank the staff of Shuswap lake General Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital for their care of Maxine and kindness to the family.
“Let us not look for you only in memory,
When we would grow lonely without you,
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
When kindness grows
And music echoes eternal tones.”