Shirley Maxwell


It is with great sadness that I (Fred Maxwell) announce the passing of my Mother, Shirley Maxwell June 6, 2020 from natural causes. Mom was deeply loved by her four children, Brian, Stuart, and Susan (of whom predeceased her) and Fred, as well as her husband Sterling who she married in 1958 at the Methodist Church in Carthage, NY., and also predeceased her in 1984. Her sense of humor and intense zest for life were infectious. Her sense of commitment to her friends, family and work was never-ending and she always put other people before herself. Mom’s strong faith in God was her guiding light through her life. Her kind, generous and loving spirit made her an extraordinary Mother, friend and confidante. There is no other person that has influenced my life more. She was my best friend.

Shirley Ellen Meister was born April 11, 1929 in Carthage to Herbert E. and Laura B. Zecker Meister. Mom spent her whole life as a caretaker in many forms, starting with raising her younger sister Nancy, and ending with working as a Hospice care worker, often for people younger than herself, until the retirement age of 88. She wore many hats from 19 years with the New York Telephone company, 12 years with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, 10 Years with North Star Industries, a 30 years as an inspector for the Franklin County Board of Elections, an Avon representative, and a transportation provider for the Franklin County Department of Social Services.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Malone and also attended the Lifeway Church of North Bangor, American Legion 1303 Club, Amvets, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Besides myself, my wife Anika, and two grandsons- Kie and Ashe, She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Arthur (Helen) Werley of Keesville, and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and children she was predeceased by her parents and her sister Nancy Bush in 2014.

Due to the present health circumstances, services are private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the family plot in the Fairview Cemetery in Carthage.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of the North Country.

Arrangements are by the Spaulding Funeral Home Inc. of Malone

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