Colleen Fern Hinckley Maxwell
1928 - 2016
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1928 ~ 2016
Colleen Fern Hinckley Maxwell, our cherished wife, mother and grandmother, returned peacefully to meet her Heavenly Father and loving husband on Sunday, January 17, 2016. Colleen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1928, to "goodly parents", Fern Anna and George Edwin Hinckley. She had an idyllic childhood growing up with her two brothers, George and Ed, eating popcorn by the fire and playing happily in their father's magical garden.
Colleen attended East High and then the University of Utah, where she earned a bachelor's degree in home economics. While at the "U", she was active in Lambda Delta Sigma and Chi Omega sororities where her open hearted goodness made her many dear friends. After graduation, she taught home economics in junior and senior high schools in Thatcher, Arizona, and Salt Lake City.
Around this time, Colleen met "an outstanding returned missionary" named Neal Maxwell. She remembers him as "a very impressive young man" and that "everyone seemed to have great admiration for him." After their first date, Colleen and Neal really "hit it off" and felt that they were meant for each other. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on November 22, 1950.
Colleen and Neal wasted no time before they started exploring the wider world, moving to Washington D.C., where they lived from 1952-1956. Their time in the nation's capital was stimulating and rich with friends.
But home beckoned, and Neal and Colleen returned to Salt Lake when Neal was hired at the University of Utah. Soon after, Neal was called to be a bishop of a university ward and Colleen, with their four young children in tow, served diligently by his side and often gathered students to their home.
Colleen's devotion to her children was complete and she manifested it through countless acts of selfless service. This loving-kindness was later extended wholeheartedly to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who treasure memories of drinking from tea cups at her famous Peacemaker Parties, eating Marie Callendar's pie at special one-on-one birthday lunches and discussing happiness, goodness, and religion at Grandparents' Firesides.
Along with taking care of her family and supporting Neal in his demanding callings, including as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Colleen fulfilled many callings in her wards. She served as Primary President, Young Women President and Relief Society President. In addition, she was a member of the Young Women General Board. She also faithfully carried out her calling as a Stake Relief Society President while Neal served in the Seventy.
Colleen traveled with Neal on his church assignments throughout the world, making long hours fly by with her ready support and equally ready laugh. As they traveled, her superlative optimism lifted the hearts of all who met her. When Neal was diagnosed with leukemia in 1996, Colleen carried him through dark moments with her unrelenting love and brightness of hope. She was so cheerful during this difficult time that her family gave her the nickname Bluebird of Happiness. When her beloved Neal passed away in 2004, she continued to seek out and root for others.
Despite her busy life, Colleen gave hours of her life to community service, tutoring reading at the Guadalupe Center; volunteering at the Spina Bifida Clinic; and serving on boards for Primary Children's Hospital and the University of Utah.
Through constant lifelong devotion to living gospel principles and consistent study of the scriptures, Colleen became grounded and rooted in faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ, and in His Atonement. This engendered an ability to endure with unwavering gratitude and to trust in God's plan throughout her life, but particularly in her final years. The family is most grateful for the exceptional care of her physicians and also for the angelic ministering of her dear nurses.
Colleen is survived by: her brother, Ed (Joyce) Hinckley, Bluffton, SC; her four children, Becky (Michael) Ahlander, Las Vegas, NV; Cory (Karen) Maxwell, Melbourne, Australia; Nancy (Mark) Anderson, Orem, UT; and Jane (Marc) Sanders, Salt Lake City, UT; 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Fern Hinckley, and by her brother, George Hinckley.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 12:00 noon, at the Monument Park II Ward, 1005 S. 2000 E. Salt Lake City, UT. A viewing will be held Friday, January 22, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 E. 1300 S. SLC. Another viewing will be held Saturday, at the ward, prior to the funeral from 10:30-11:40 a.m. Interment will follow at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Missionary Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Primary Children's Hospital.

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Published in Deseret News from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2016.
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February 8, 2016
Dear Maxwell Family,
For most of my growing up years, I felt the influence and friendship of your parents. My dad was acquainted with Colleen's family, and they were our neighbors on Herbert Ave. Your dad spoke at my dad's funeral, and Colleen was my mom's visiting teacher. I remember many times stopping over at mom's in her later years when she didn't remember much and still, there was Colleen sitting in the kitchen visiting with her. What a kind thing to do. I have corresponded with your mom a couple of times over the years and have been thinking of her in the past month. You have wonderful parents who influenced so many of us.
Sue Swindle Johnston
Sue Johnston
February 2, 2016
My husband owned a nearby chocolate shop and we attended Monument Park Second Ward in the 1990's, enjoying the wonderful association with the Maxwell Family, and for me, primarily Colleen. I will always love Colleen and Elder Maxwell. When first I met Elder Maxwell and told him that I loved Colleen, he said, "I married up!"
Although I was in my early 40's when I lived near the Maxwell's, I couldn't help but think of Colleen as a second mother. She was so Christian, so lovely, and so kind.
Love to Cory and Karen,
Kathy and Jared Lindsay
January 28, 2016
Thank you Maxwell family for your example. We admire Colleen for her commitment to Elder Maxwell and to her fine children. We feel sad for your loss. We know her reunion with her husband and family is sweet. Much love to you all.
Steven Holt
January 25, 2016
Colleen was one of the sweetest, most regal women I've ever known. I was disappointed to be out of town for her service. I have many fond memories of her and Elder Maxwell, and teenage years with the children. What a joy it must be for Neal to have his devoted companion once again by his side. May their great legacy continue to bless their posterity and those honored to have known them. They will never be forgotten.
John Hewlett
January 25, 2016
As long as I have memory,
I will remember Jesus and
The Maxwells fondly.
Don Welch Marsh
January 24, 2016
Becky, Cory, Nancy, Jane - your tribute to your mother matched her elegance and testimony. Thank you so much for the lives you are leading and for honoring your magnificent parents whom I so dearly love. I would love to stay connected to your family and support you in any way possible.
Barbara Lockhart
January 23, 2016
She was truly a woman for all seasons. We'll miss you. Love ya Mike
January 23, 2016
As I read the Obituary I thought of the service of Elder Maxwell. I remembered my own father being called at Stake conference as a Seventy. Elder Maxwell attended this conference and as he walked up the aisle turned and said how are you and did shake my mother's hand. This gave my mother peace and a feeling of Hope. She had some particular concerns as a mother and knew the Lord was aware of her worries. Cherish the woman of faith who shares her husband with the masses. Whether it was at the university or as a servant of the Lord. Few know the sacrifice for church. Our favorite moments in life are when we feel of the Savior's love and spirit of Home. Great wisdom and love for this sweet couple and now they're together again. I love it!
Lory Dee
January 22, 2016
Cory and Karen,
Please accept our condolences in the passing of your mother. May you an your children be comforted in the loss of your mother and grandmother. Thank you for your great service and sacrifice.
Bart and Sandra Spencer
Bart and Sandra Spencer
January 22, 2016
Seeing this beautiful photo warmed my heart and brought back wonderful memories of my childhood and the many hours I spent at the Maxwell's home. I remember Colleen's beautiful smile and her calm presence that made our childhood world feel safe. Their home was always a happy place where we were given space and independence to explore our world. Sending love and condolences to all the Maxwell children, and especially to Nancy, with whom I will always have a special bond. May you find comfort in your memories, and strength from your love for each other. Your beautiful mother will live on in all of you. Sent with much love.
Ann Goldsmith Schwarz
January 22, 2016
Dear Jane, Marc, Lauren and family,
Thank you for sharing your sweet Mother and Father with us. We love you deeply and share in the loss of your beautiful and Christlike Mother and Grandmother. Her gentleness, service, and genuine caring are rare gifts in today's world. Jane, you are so like her. We cherish the gifts she brought to us from Korea, and always enjoyed seeing her. She was always gracious and kind, and a true lady.
May you feel the presence of your choice parents, as you continue on with your lives.
You are in our thoughts and prayers, and know our Heavenly Father will be with you. Although I am out of town, and can't be at her service, you are all in my heart. With abiding love, Michelle and Ginny
January 22, 2016
I just want the family to know how much my parents loved your family. I will never forget when my father passed that your mom and dad took time out of their busy life to come to my mothers home to give their support and condolences. They lived what they taught. Sister Maxwell was such a good friend to my mom. It was fun to be a part of that ward as a teenager and mingle with Nancy and Jane and our YM & YW. Thanks for your friendship.

As much as we miss our parents what a grand day for them to be together again.

Wish we could be there on Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers will be.
Kelly & Chris (Woodard) McKendrick
January 22, 2016
Dear Maxwell Family:
We extend our love, prayers, and good wishes to all of you at this historic time of transition. You have lost a treasured source of nurture who exemplified the spirit and teachings of her Lord and Savior. Now, she leaves you behind with sweet memories and rejoins her faithful companion forever. We will always treasure out times with her and Neal; and our special telephone chats in recent years. She was always gracious, a careful listener, wise in her reflections and nurturing to us. She was a great woman, a queen in Israel; and one who personally enriched our lives. Bless her memory and bless each and every one of you!
Love, Allen and Marian Bergin, St George, Utah
January 22, 2016
All of the women on President Ruth Funk's Young Women's General Board were admirable and hugely talented. But Sister Maxwell exuded a calm, open-hearted serenity and wisdom that was rare even in that select group. It was an honor to work with her and to feel her grounded, loving spirit. Rest in peace, Sister Maxwell. Elouise Bell
Elouise Bell
January 22, 2016
Becky, We were so sad to hear about your mom, but happy to know she's with your dad.
Love, The Smith Ins Group
January 22, 2016
Dear Maxwell Family, What a sweet reunion there must have been with the passing of your dear mother to the next part of Heavenly Father's plan for her. Our parents, Preston and Ruth Parkinson, neighbors of the Maxwell's, were served and loved by your parents. They were there in times of joy and sadness. We are truly grateful for their loving, selfless service. Sincerely, Ann P. Montague, Carol P. Staffanson, and Mary p. Millet
January 21, 2016
Dear Maxwell family, we have many fond memories of your wonderful parents especially your mothers sweet spirit! What a joyous reunion it must be for them right now!
Chappie and Bonnie Winstanley
January 21, 2016
The Maxwell Family have been our model in all ways. We met Colleen and Neal in the University Ward at the U of U. We just got married. My wife, Mary Alice, was called as Relief Society President. Colleen was there with open arms for her. Neal was our gospel doctrine teacher.Latter I was teaching early morning seminary. The students wanted to wrote Neal a note of love during one of his health issues. Neal wrote a hand written note to our students. The students were stunned and will never forget that note.
We are feeling their love for Colleen forever.
Harlan and Mary Alice Jeppson Clark.
January 21, 2016
Dear Members of the Maxwell and Hinckley Families...
With mellow memories of an Elect Lady, we offer our heartfelt love and respect for an Earth-Angel Mother and Friend. Celebrating 31 years as neighbors to Neal and Colleen and Family, we remember with sweetness scores of gentle phonecalls and letters, commending our little family members' achievements, instantly arriving, following a given Church talk, a special dessert made for a neighborhood party, a sad or ailing child, or earning a Scouting advancement. Colleen never missed a beat. She spoke her love by both words and deeds. Truly a Heavenly Women on Earth. May the Good Lord continue to comfort and cheer you, knowing her love and wisdom continue Eternally, and that you'll all be together again...
Dave & Terese Cracroft
January 21, 2016
A Christmas visit with Colleen
Dearest Maxwell Family,

How blessed we are to have known you through your wonderful parents for the past 21 years. I rejoice in the reunion of Elder and Sister Maxwell, but mourn the passing of my dearest friend. From the first time I met her, I didn't want to leave her. She reminded me so much of my mother who had passed away when I was 8 years old. She was too young to be my mother, but she mothered me all the rest of her life. January 7th, I called to see how she was because I couldn't get her off my mind. A lovely woman answered the phone and held it to Colleen's ear while we shared our deep heartfelt love for each other. I asked her if she wasn't feeling well and she said, "Really I'm doing quite well". Her positive attitude never wavered. Somehow I knew that was the Lord's tender mercy and that it would be my last conversation with this angel that I have been watched over by for two decades. Thank you for sharing her with our family. Thank you for being the wonderful people that you are and that she is so proud of. I didn't know she had passed Monday when I went to the Temple and I put Colleen and the Maxwell Family on the prayer roll as I always have. Our prayers are with you. We know you are strong and we know it was her time to meet her beloved Neal, but she is your wonderful mother and life will never be the same for you. However, you have all eternity to look forward to and she will never leave you alone until she has you gathered in her arms once again.

All our love,
Tom and Patsy Lamb
January 21, 2016
Dear Maxwell Family:
How I treasured the time I spend with your parents. Your Mother and Father were angels amongst us. Their influence on my children and me is everlasting.
I send heartfelt sympathy.
Leslie Bailey Garff
January 21, 2016
Loved visiting with Sister and Elder Maxwell in Midway. Both have been a tremendous inspiration to me. My great desire is to be more like Colleen. So thankful their lives influenced mine and that they are finally back together.
Barbara Lockhart
January 21, 2016
Beloved Maxwell Family,
I express to you my heartfelt sympathy at the passing of your beloved mother and grandmother. Please be assured of my love and prayers in your behalf at this tender time of parting.
Sister Maxwell's life was a model of humility, courage, and steadfast devotion to her family. Her example of devotion as wife, mother and grandmother influenced the lives of loved ones and all with whom she came in contact. I am confident your family members will take comfort in the quality of her life and in the memories you share of her abiding love for each of you.
I rejoice with you in our knowledge of the gospel which brings peace and comfort to all as we feel the comforting influence of the of the Holy Spirit. I also pray that you may be sustained at this tender time of parting and in the years ahead by that spirit which comes from Him who said, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." (John 14:18)
Your dear father, Elder Neal Maxwell ordained me Patriarch and I had close contact with him when I presided over Ivory Coast. It was a great blessing to spend a weekend with your parents when my wife and I served in the Swiss Temple.
I pray we all may be worthy to take them in our arms once again. I send you my love and blessings. Dr. Willis D. Waite
Dr. Willis D. Waite
January 21, 2016
Maxwell Family:
Your parents were dear friends and mentors for many years, and we will always be grateful for their kindness and example. During our 3 years in South Africa, they visited us twice - such a delight! Your cute thoughtful Mom brought gifts and treats from the USA. She was always attentive to our children and made them feel that she was a special extra 'grandma'.
We cherish our friendship with your parents, and feel a sense of joy in knowing that they are together again.
May you be blessed at this time of loss,

Marilyn M. Snow (R.J.)
& family: Gina, Laura, Scott, Noelle
January 21, 2016
Maxwell Family: Your parents were dear friends and mentors over many years, and we will always be grateful for their kindness and example. While we were serving in South Africa, they visited us twice and were extremely thoughtful to each member of our family, bringing small gifts and treats from the USA. We cherish their friendship. Our hearts are warmed to know that they are having a wonderful reunion together again.
May you be blessed at this time of loss.

Marilyn M. Snow (R.J.) and family: Gina, Laura, Scott & Noelle
January 21, 2016
We found any association with Sister Maxwell to be memorable because of her warm and gentle way. We are grateful she has joined Elder Maxwell in a place and condition of peace and rest.
John and Marie Fowler
January 21, 2016
Dear Maxwell's: Your mother and father were very bright lights in our lives. We love them. We will always hold them in our hearts.

Bob and Jane Harrington
Bob Harrington
January 21, 2016
Dearest Maxwell Family--

We were saddened and gladdened at the same time when we heard of the passing of Colleen. She lived a magnificent life, touching us and countless others with her optimism, sweetness and faith. She always greeted us with kindness and warmth, making us feel like we were her dearest friends.

We smile thinking of her joyful reunion with your father. Both the Warner and Engar families have been blessed by our long and cherished friendship with the Maxwells.

Warmest aloha to you at this sweet time--
Steve and Liz Warner
(serving in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission)
January 21, 2016
Dear Maxwells: What an outstanding example Sister Maxwell was for us in our conversion to the Gospel. It was never about her, but about her love for others and the Saviour. She was the ultimate example of service and compassion! Love Always, Barb and Barry Jessen
January 21, 2016
Dear Maxwell Family,
We will always love your parents--always. Our family is indebted to you for the service and sacrifices of your parents and your influence and sacrifices as well.
Blessings at this time of loss, sadness, and transition.
Love, Holly Cannon Metcalf, on behalf of the D James and Elaine Cannon Family
Holly Metcalf
January 21, 2016
Maxwell Family:
Our prayers and condolenses are with you at this time. Your mother was such a wonderful example and she will be missed greatly. We know that she is with her beloved husband, Elder Maxwell, and what a sweet and joyful reunion along with other family.

I loved being in your home growing up in the Monument Park II Ward. I loved visiting with your mom after your father passed and should of visited her more.

We love you.

Susan Humphries Miller & David
January 21, 2016
My deepest sympathies to you all. She is a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed. I know that God's promise in D&C 13:23 will be fulfilled with glory. Love, Sister Stuart, Mission Secretary, North Carolina Raleigh Mission, and grandmother to Ben and Katie Ader.
Diane Stuart
January 21, 2016
Loving, kind, beautiful, funny, attentive, and and giving are my memories of this most wonderful lady. My mother-in-law Helen Lloyd treasured her as a friend and sister in the Gospel. I was blessed to have her as a visiting teacher and neighbor for many years. I will never forget her and her dear family. What a reunion she has experienced. May we all pattern our lives after her and "hers". Much love and peace at this tender beautiful sacred time. Bonnie Vernon Lloyd and family.
January 21, 2016
As Cory's roommate at BYU, I always anticipated his visits to home. He always returned with delights from his mother's "corner bakery."
I always appreciated her warm welcome and love during those years. I am sorry for your loss.
Dean Flanders
January 21, 2016
Your mom was on my mind that day and I tried to call but the phone was busy. The Lord blessed me to allow me to have your mom and dad as friends. It truly breaks my heart that I didn't keep in better touch. May God bless you and all of your family.
Dianne Shepherd
January 21, 2016
Sister Maxwell, Colleen, is continuing to be, one of the sweetest ladies we have had the pleasure to know in our lives. She and her husband left an indelible influence in my and my families lives. Elder Maxwell said he had no fear of death and could wear his white suit on this side of the veil or the Spirit side, but the heartache are those left behind who, through separation, feel sorrow and pain. Elder Maxwell, you and your wonderful, sweet, caring, loving wife and companion need not feel the sorrow of separation any longer. To the family whom we love and respect, you had, as you know, one of the sweetest Mom's in the world and our family loves continually her and your wonderful, caring, sincere, bright, kind and generous father, besides being humble, intelligent and spiritual. We love them both and are happy they are together again. Being in Africa, we cannot attend the funeral or we would. Our love to all of you. We are doing what your father and grandfather asked of us when he was alive, and I think of him daily. Our hearts and love are with you in your loss, your father and grandfathers gain, and as he would say, temporarily.
Robert & Colleen Fuller
January 20, 2016
Nancy, I was saddened to read of your wonderful mother's passing. She and your father were two of the kindest people our family has known.

Tracey Shore Greer
Tracey Shore Greer
January 20, 2016
Dear Maxwell family,

Your parents left a wonderful legacy for everyone who knew them, not just their posterity; all who knew them were blessed. Colleen lifted me with her optimism and words of encouragement every time we met.

A quick anecdote from their the birth of each of our 4 children your mother baked a delicious custard for us to enjoy. To make certain that Elder Maxwell took part in the blessings of serving he was the bearer of the custard to our home. I learned so much from that act of service about your parents and how I could serve better.

You will be in our prayers. We love all of you!

Jack and Dixie Sloan
January 20, 2016
When our daughter Amy was serving a mission in Hong Kong and Colleen ws travelling there on assignment with Elder Maxwell, she called to see if she could delivery anything to Amy. We mixed and boxed some 500 Carolyn Nelson White Chocolate Fudge Balls and Sister Maxwell graciously carried such an odd package to China for Christmas distribution. That was only one of the many, many tender and thoughtful gestures Colleen shared with our family. Wish I could be there for the thoughts and hugs, but I'm serving full-time in Washington DC. We'll catch up again soon and much love to all of you beloved Maxwells. Much love and blessings all around, Ann Orton
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