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MAXWELL – Helen Elizabeth (nee Aikenhead)

July 31, 1915 – May 1, 2011

Helen Maxwell of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2011 after a brief illness at the age of 95 years.

Helen was born in Calgary on July 31, 1915 to Albert and Blanche Aikenhead. She attended Earl Grey School, Western Canada High School and the University of Alberta where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1936. At the U of A she played varsity tennis and badminton. She was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity. After moving back to Calgary, she worked in the library at Eatons where she met her future husband. She was extremely proud of her forty year contribution to the Children’s Hospital as a volunteer and was a long time member of Grace Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her children Lindsay (Shaun) Robinson of Edmonton, Don (Theresa) of Calgary and Sheila (Kelvin) Denike of Cochrane. She is also fondly remembered by her loving granddaughters, Maureen, Shelagh, Cathlyn, Melissa, Kim, Sara, Stephanie, Christy, Kari and Susan and ten great grandchildren.

Helen is predeceased by her husband, John (1981) her sisters Marjorie and Marion and her brother Jack.

A private family memorial service will take place at a later date.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Cochrane and Area Humane Society, 62 Griffin Industrial Point, Cochrane, AB, T4C 0A3, on line Forward condolences through The family would like to thank the staff at the Edgemont Retirement Residence, especially Jean and Mary, and the wonderful caring staff at the Sarcee Hospice. The family is also indebted to Janet Hutton, her long time caregiver.

In living memory of Helen Maxwell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Patti & Ken Gordon and family :

    Don, Theresa, Melissa, Kim, Sara+Stephanie,
    So very sorry to read of your dear Mom (Grandma’s)
    passing. I remember her fondly from her years of visiting the lake. She was a wonderful woman. Nice to think of her with your Dad now.
    Love Patti, Ken + family

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  2. Kay Rayment :

    Dear Don & Theresa
    I send my sincere condolences on the death of your mother. As you know, I worked with her at Wendy’s book store and enjoyed her very much. Kay Rayment

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  3. Laura Brinkerhoff Palmer :

    Dear Maxwell Family:

    Your mom’s big smile in the Herald obits was exactly how I remember her. We had a lot in common — went to Grace Church, went to Earl Grey (altho not at the same time), were both members of Kappa Alpha Theta… But I shall always recall Helen’s dedication to driving a bunch of us girls out to ride our horses, including daughter, Leslie, on a very regular basis. She was a trooper!

    Sincere condolences from Laura Brinkerhoff Palmer

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  4. Dear Sheila and Kel and family
    We are thinking about you at this time. It is a great loss when we lose a parent, but your mom will be remembered with love and fond memories. I am in B.C. right now but send my love.
    Patricia also sends her love from Germany.
    Sincere condolences from Ruth and Earl and Trisha.

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  5. Heather McPherson Stickney :

    Lindsay, Don and Sheila,
    Thinking of your mom brings back so many warm, relaxed memories of a time when life was easy, simple and carefree. Hot chocolate around your kitchen table after a cold evening of skating: watermelon rind (sweet) pickles, cookies and milk after four and her mangle for pressing sheets and tablecloths. I imagine I can still smell the fresh clothes. I think our lives have truely been wonderful and we have people like your mom to be grateful to for being there for us.

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