Carolyn Ruth Dale

November 5, 1940 ~ February 8, 2012

Carolyn passed away at her home in Ladysmith after a 12-year journey with Lymphoma. She was the first-born daughter of Arthur and Jean Clark of Mulhurst, Alberta. Born in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, she lived and worked in Edmonton, Calgary, and Kelowna before moving to Nanaimo, 1987, Yellow Point, 1991, and Ladysmith, 2011. Carolyn was the first RC Navy (Reserve) Wren to be attested in 1962 at HMCS Tecumseh, Calgary.

Graduating from Business College in Edmonton she worked for the Natural Gas Co. in Edmonton and Calgary. She taught typing and Office Training in Kelowna. She earned an Instructor’s Diploma in Business Office Training from UBC in 1986, and completed the Organic Master Gardener course in 2010.

Predeceased by her father, Carolyn is survived by her mother, Jean Clark of Ladysmith; Ron, loving husband of 47 years and their three children: Kerry Fezza (Mike) of Las Vegas; Erin Dale (Mark Sheremeta) of Victoria; and Doug Dale (Helen Marchaldin) of Nanaimo; sisters, Gayle (Mac McPherson), and Kay (Bob Hogberg); also six nephews and nieces and five grand nephews.

Carolyn was a wonderful wife and mother who modeled honesty and integrity. She will be remembered for her dignity, style, independence, intelligence, and grace. Carolyn was a Master Gardener who developed the wonderful gardens at her beloved “49er Farm” in Yellow Point. There, having retained her love of farm life, she and Ron raised sheep, chickens, and cows.

A strong Christian woman, she sang in the choir of Ladysmith First United Church, and loved her involvement in the Kindred Spirits. She gave many hours to her church as secretary and treasurer. Carolyn drove for Meals On Wheels and supported a foster child overseas.

Her final wish is that we celebrate her life with fond memories and lots of humour. A Funeral Service will be held at First United Church, Monday, February 20, 12:30 pm followed by a Celebration of Life at Eagles Hall, First Ave., Ladysmith. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, or the local food bank.

Sands ~ Nanaimo


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