85, Sydney

It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we share the news that our beloved mother passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility, Sydney River, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Sydney, Erma was the daughter of the late Sidney and Emilia (Whalen) Jones.

Erma was a member of Trinity United Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mom was a person who possessed an amazing strength of mind, body and courage and meeting each challenge with determination. She gave us strength and memories to treasure. Mom, you are our mother and best friend. Erma loved family gatherings and especially, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Erma will be forever loved by all who knew her.

Erma was predeceased by her loving husband, George Maxwell in 1975, a son, George James in infancy, sisters, Doriel May Campbell and Geraldine Jones.

Erma will be sadly missed by her family, Marilyn (Robert) Ranson, Sydney, Brenda (Eric) Flint, Toronto, Ingrid (John) Shannon, Dartmouth, and Pauline (Donald ‘Rocket’) MacDonald, Sydney, George Jr.(Helene) Maxwell, Calgary, and John Maxwell, Cold Lake, Alta.; adopted daughters, Agnes Reddick, Montreal, and Peggy Gallant (Joe Phillipo); sister, Melda (Peppy) Delorenzo; brother, George (Edith) Jones, Sydney. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Lisa (Troy) Oakley, Reann (Arthur) Arsenault, Jason (Mary) Shannon, Brandie Shannon, Mark (Julie) MacDonald, Erin, Lauren and Arlene Maxwell, Jared Maxwell and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation for the late Erma M. Maxwell will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Tuesday, April 3, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate Erma’s life will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Pier Community Funeral Home, All Faith Chapel, with Rev. Duncan Roach officiating. Light refreshments will be served in the reception area. Interment will take place in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Erma may be made to Trinity United Church Fund or a charity of ones choice.

The Maxwell family gives many thanks to the staff at the Dialysis unit, Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility the Handi-Trans bus drivers and the EHS drivers for the care and compassion given to Erma during her time of need. Special thanks to our sister, Pauline for the profound love and kindness given to mom over the years as her guardian and care giver.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

When tomorrow starts without me;
Don’t think of me as gone;
Don’t think we are far apart;
For every time you think of me;
I am right here in your Heart.

Send an online condolence.


                        Online Condolences

To the Maxwell family, we send our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. I have many memories of her and your family back in the days of growing up on Tupper Street. Our prayers are with you and the family. May God bless
From:  Mort & Val Crawford

To Marilyn and the Maxwell family, we wish to express our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. we both remember her from the Pier. She was a wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
From:  Vernal & Karen Tull

Joe & Cindy Cambridge would like to our deepest sympathy to the family on the passing of Ermie.
From:  Joe & Cindy Cambridge

We used to have great talks about the old days and how things used to be. I feel fortunate to have met and known Erma. My daily routine will not be the same without her, I will miss her. My condolences are with the family of this great woman. May God bless you all in your hour of sadness.
From:  John Mac Isaac

Dear Ingrid, Pauline and other family members, Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. Ermie was a beautiful lady and her strength throughout her illness was truly amazing. I am thinking about you at this time as I know how much you all loved her. Love Helen xo
From:  Helen Dorrington-Price

To the Maxwell Family, I was sadden to hear of Ermie’s passing. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May she rest in peace and God Bless.
From:  Mary Borden

Our sincere condolences to the passing of your mother.Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow .Our memories of your mother are filled with respect and admiration.Our community has truly lost a well respected member and she will be truly missed by all.
From:  Eric & Valerie (Green) Andrea

Aunt Ermie will be greatly missed and her beautiful welcoming smile.  I did not see her that much due to different locations but I loved her dearly and she always made me feel so special and a part of the family.  I always enjoyed spending time with her especially when she visited with Uncle George to Truro when I was a very young girl growing up.  May she rest in peace.  Her memories will live in my heart forever.
From:  Betty Lou Maxwell-Baylis

To the Maxwell Family My sincere condolences are sent to all of you, in the passing of your Mother. She was a great lady & will truly be missed. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time.
From:  Trudy Talbot (Sheppard)

Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

You only have one mother my deepest condolences for the loss of Erma. She looked so good till the end but noone lives forever. Prayers are with her.
From:  Brooks MacGuire

We send our deepest regret for the lost of your mother. Erma was a wonderful soul. She was one of the most cheerfully person in the community.
From:  George,Viola@Joanna Cambridge

Marilynn,Brends,Ingie,Pauline, George and Johnny, Your Mother was one of the kindest and gentlest women we have ever met. We feel fortunate to have known her and extend our deepest sympathy to each and everyone of you.
God Bless, Patsy, Whitney Meade and Family

Pauline and family …so sorry to hear about your darling Mom. I knew her only for a short time but she was one of those ladies you never forget…her smile and mannerism and always a kind word..she will be missed. Bless you all
From:  Maria Sophocleous

To The Maxwell Family We send our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
From:  Ray and Margaret Hunt & family

Dearest Ingrid and family; We were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Your mom was one of the most beautiful people we had ever met. The memory of the sparkle in her eye and the love of her family has stayed with me all these years. You, and mom are always in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven has a new bright shining star and we are glad to have been blessed by her light. Love you lots, Bonnie and Greg Mulvihill
From:  Bonnie Mulvihill

So sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful person and will not be soon forgotten. May she rest in peace
From:  Louis "Duke" Best

Condolences to the Maxwell family for a mother who will be remembered as a cherished friend to my mother. I will always remember her strong will & friendship. We are all blessed by her presence.
From:  Peggy Dorrington-Este

Our sincere condolences to the Maxwell family. Your Mom was such a lovely lady. God grant you strength and peace at this time. Hazel and Michael Lucas
From:  Hazel and Michael Lucas