Velma Jeanette Maxwell, 93, passed away on June 17, 2010, at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills after a brief stay. Velma had been a patient at Mercy Care Center in Mt. Shasta for the past 8 years.

Velma was born on December 22, 1916 to Frank and Elsie Egger in Reedsport, Oregon.

She married Maurice “Mac” Maxwell on April 9, 1938 and they started their lives together living in Whitehorse. Later they moved to Pondosa.

Mac served with the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII. At that time, Velma worked as an electrician on ships at Mare Island Naval Yard in Vallejo. After WWII, Mac and Velma returned to live in Pondosa.

In 1953 Mac and Velma took into their home two girls, Shirley and Ginger, whom they raised. They moved to Camp Kinyon and when McCloud Lumber Company sold, Mac and Velma purchased their home on Modoc Avenue in McCloud, where they lived for many years. They raised and sold game birds and enjoyed community functions, including membership in the Mt. Shasta Long Rifles – their handles were “Pacemaker” and “Jug”. Additionally, they enjoyed hunting and camping with their dogs.

Velma worked as a log scaler for the USFS in McCloud. She was a Past Matron of Eastern Star, receiving her 50 year pin in 2006. She was an excellent cook – apple pie was her specialty – seamstress and artist. She made many of the prizes given out at the rendezvous they participated in.

Velma was lovingly known as “Granny” to her “grandchildren” who fondly remember her unconditional love and a full cookie jar every time they visited. The “grandkids” enjoyed many adventures with “Granny” and “Grandpa” – from extravagant holiday celebrations, snowmobiling and fishing – to bottling homemade beer together.

The echoes of their laughter and the vision of Velma and Mac waving goodbye from their porch as the “grandkids” drove away from a visit will forever remain in their hearts.

Velma was predeceased by her husband, Mac, her parents and three brothers. She leaves behind many friends, including Shirley and Earl Hoskins and Ginger Montenegro and their families, Virginia Maxwell Njaa, and Donald and Hazel Maxwell.

At Velma’s request, no services will be held. Donations in Velma’s memory can be made to the Mt. Shasta Humane Society or to a charity of one’s choice. Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.