After a lengthy illness Maxine McIntosh passed in peace with family and her husband Ken by her side.
After prayers sent from her spiritual friends Maxine went without fear, on June 1, 2006 in the Chilliwack Hospital, knowing how much her family loved her.
Maxine was born January 1, 1951 in Killarney, Manitoba.
She was the eldest of a family of four children and grew up in Minnedosa, Manitoba.
All through school Maxine always got very good grades and always excelled at everything she did. After high school she continued to be successful, getting her teaching degree at the University of Brandon.
Teaching children was Maxine’s passion in life and she taught children for over 25 years in Williams Lake.
She was also involved with the Special Olympics, which she loved and through it made many friends.
Maxine and her husband, Ken, enjoyed playing bridge and won many tournaments. Most important, to Maxine, were her children and her family. Even in her illness she never missed a family event.
It was very important to Maxine to spend time with her children, so would take them on trips every year. They have many great memories as a family in exotic places during holidays.
Maxine being very spiritual made some wonderful friends through a women’s group in Williams Lake.
Unfortunately after Maxine’s stroke she was forced to leave her friends and retire from teaching early.
She and her husband, Ken, moved to Chilliwack to be closer to her son, daughter and grandchildren. There they shared a beautiful home with her family.
Maxine spent many hours on her flowered patio, watching Ken plant the garden, enjoying visits from her son Ryan, daughter Ashley, and watching her two grandsons, Aden and Blake, play in the yard.
Her heart each morning would be filled with happiness when Blake would come down to give snuggles and have chats with grandma. These last few years, although struggling with her illness, Maxine found great joy and comfort in the time she spent with the people she loved the most.
Maxine is survived and deeply missed by her husband Ken Bech, son Ryan McIntosh, daughter-in-law Kathy McIntosh, daughter Ashley Greeff, father Earl Strong, stepmother Erla Strong, mother Mavis Strong (Suton) deceased, sister Carolyn Adrian, brother in-law Ken Adrian, brother Glen Strong, sister In-law Susan Strong, sister Joanne Strong, grandsons Aden and Blake McIntosh, god daughter Candace Campbell, nieces Caulette Campbell, and Carrie Tyerman, nephew Adam Strong, niece Christie Strong, nephew Eric Sandstrom; and by many aunts, uncles, great nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
No memorial will be held as requested by the immediate family. A small celebration of Maxine’s life will be held privately amongst family in Alberta. Memorial contributions can be donated to the Stroke Foundation or the Special Olympics in Maxine’s honor.