Born September 21, 1950
Passed Away May 12, 2012
Carol passed away peacefully at Bulkley Valley District Hospital after a long and courageous battle with Leukemia. Carol is survived by her husband Porti, brother Larry, sister Patty, and mother Viola. She was predeceased by her father Herbert. Carol will be missed by many friends and former students. Always with her infectious smile and words of encouragement, Carol saw the best in everyone.
I can not thank Dr. Daphne Hart and the nurses on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital enough. Their compassion and sensitivity that they had for Carol was always evident and I am very thankful for their efforts. We are very lucky to have the medical staff that is available to us here in the Bulkley Valley. I would also like to give my thanks to Shaylee and the Perreault family for their help and encouragement to Carol during her time in the hospital.
Carol was interred at the Telkwa Cemetery over Tyee Lake Provincial Park. We will be having a get together at the Hudson Bay Lodge on Saturday, June 2nd at 11 a.m. to remember Carol and her big smile. Please come and join us. In lieu of flowers Carol’s wish is for donations to a LOCAL charity or church of your choice.
I found this letter on Carol’s computer on
Monday morning. It was a goodbye letter
from her cousin Shirley.
Just missing you and wanting to send one more email … hoping to get back another chatty hello … telling me about Leesha, or pretty much anything … I sit here at the computer and there is such a huge emptiness.
Wouldn’t it just be fine if we could keep on chatting…
Bob says that he has wee whispers with my mom. He can ‘hear’ her answers and I know what he means. Sometimes I hear her. Sometimes I get a pretty good read from Grandma Petkau. We talked about the grandmas we were close to.
Sure do miss you. I know you and I didn’t quite see eye to eye on Christianity but I think your version of it was a lot more accepting than the stricter version I grew up with that just didn’t work for me … or anyone else I knew for that matter! But, that said … I hope that you are somewhere fine and in good company. My friend Inga, who is an Icelander and they don’t really have much attachment to religion … she says to me that she is convinced that when she dies she will be reunited with all her family. I ask her how she knows this? She says, I just do. Inga can be very convincing so I’m going to hope that you and Herb are having a great reunion out there … and that there are dogs. Just wouldn’t be Heaven without dogs.
Nora is sitting by my feet on the office floor. It is a beautiful sunny day. I have to leave for a one day course soon but would rather be outside.
Sunday, Rose and I went flower shopping and I planted my garden for you this year. I’m calling it Carol’s Garden. I haven’t finished yet but am going to get some special flowers … Rose says tuberous begonias would be good … and I’ll be sitting in my back yard with a glass of wine and Nora, thinking about you and missing you. Those Banff days were precious but I never knew then, how precious they were going to be.
Here’s to one last trip.
When it’s my turn please come and meet me … and maybe we’ll go for a chat in the stars together.
Interesting stuff. People have all sorts of ideas where you go and what happens and in the end … no one really knows a thing.
I’ll be listening for you, cuz.
Love you lots,