Obituary of Maxine Dorothy Cole
Maxine Dorothy Cole
(September 12, 1945 - March 14, 2020)
Maxine Dorothy Cole (McCallum) was born September 12, 1945 in Vegreville, Alberta, to parents Malcolm James and Dorothy Elizabeth (Pugh) McCallum. The family lived on the farm that was homesteaded by their grandparents Malcolm and Margaret McAllister at Beaver Lake. Maxine completed her schooling at Mundare School. After graduating, she attended college in Vermilion where she met Allan Cole. They were married in 1965 in Camrose, Alberta. To this union, four children were born: Barry, Patrick, Colleen, and Phillip.
Maxine enjoyed watching her children participate in their activities. Some of the best times of her life were spent at the ballpark, watching her kids playing with The Camrose Merchants fastball teams. Later, she became her grandchildren’s’ biggest fan as they played ball, hockey, or ran in races.
Maxine had many interests. She enjoyed stamping, crocheting, acrylic painting, and was an avid reader. She loved her flowers and could often be seen in the yard. Maxine had a strong interest in genealogy and spent countless hours researching her family tree. Maxine believed strongly in community involvement. Over the years, she volunteered in numerous ways, including the New Norway Recreation Association, the Silver Creek Ag Society, the Rose City Bingo Association, and the National Farmers’ Union. She was very proud of the work that she completed with the Beaver Lake Cairn Historical Society. Maxine enjoyed working in various office positions over the years. She was meticulous in her final job as proof-reader at The Camrose Booster and was sad that her health forced her to leave ‘the gang’.
Relationships with people were important to Maxine, whether it was family, extended family, or friends. She often gave of her time generously, and was always willing to listen. In her humble way, she did not often realize the difference she was making.
Maxine passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the age of 74 years. Maxine is survived by her children Barry of Camrose (Jamie, Aleshia, and Madison), Patrick and Candace of Sherwood Park (Austin and Autumn), Colleen and Brian MacDonald of Rosalind (Ben, Kate, and Mac), Phil of Edmonton; and great-grandchildren Lilly, Noah, and Arlo. She is also survived by her brother Bruce McCallum of Victoria, B.C.; her brother-in-law, Art Nicholson of Calgary, Alberta; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by her husband (Allan), parents (Malcolm and Dorothy), sister (Margaret), and sister-in-law (Margaret).
Maxine will forever be remembered for her generosity, energy and commitment to others.
Due to Alberta Health Regulations, a private family service was held.
If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Maxine's memory may be made to STARS, Louise Jensen Care Centre.