With deep sorrow and heavy hearts, the family announces the passing of Carol following a year long battle with cancer. Her positive attitude throughout the whole ordeal provided strength to all who knew her. Carol was born on Dec. 21, 1940 in Vancouver and lost her courageous battle in Cranbrook on Feb. 8, 2016.

Carol was a strong, caring person who was known for her amazing knowledge of a variety of topics, earning her the nickname of “Brittanica”. She had a love for animals, especially horses and dogs and for several years was involved with raising and showing dogs with the Cranbrook Kennel Club. It seems her love for animals grew out of the years she spent as a “farmer’’ in the 70’s in rural Cranbrook. Carol was also hooked on golf. She loved the game and competed all over the province along with her many golf buddies. She became involved with the BC Golf Association and was a highly qualified course rater for many years, a passion she reluctantly gave up in 2014. Carol was a member of the Cranbrook Golf Club for over 40 years, spending many of those years as the Ladies Club rules and handicap person. She was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Cranbrook for over 25 years, and contributed substantially as a volunteer, taking on the role of bookkeeper for the past several years.

Carol is survived by her loving partner of 17 years, Bill Brock; her son Steve (lnge) of Hope; her son Michael of Cranbrook; grandson Dylan Welsh and his mother Debbie Welsh of Vernon; her brother Lyle (Sharon) Norlander of Vancouver and his children Jacquie, Susan, Paul, Mike and John; her stepchildren Michael (Paula) of Campbell River, Patrick (Dawn) of Cranbrook, Lesa of Red Deer, Chris (Jeanne) of Cranbrook and step-grandchildren Trent, James, Brandon, Aidan, Ashton and Hailey; her first husband Don Wilson of Cranbrook and niece Leslie. She was predeceased by her parents, Ernie and Viola, her infant daughter Marina Denise and her second husband Ron Gartside.

There will be no memorial service at Carol’s request but a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Carol can be made to the B.C. Cancer Agency or to the East Kootenay Hospital Foundation.

Arrangements have been entrusted to

McPherson Funeral Service.

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