Carolyn (Carol) Isabel Williams


Carol quietly left her family and the dedicated care of the staff at the Hospice House on February 26th, 2011.

Carol leaves behind Verne, her husband of over 52 years, daughters Joy Gregorash (Bob), Shelley Williams (Terry) and son Bill (Melody), four grandchildren Erin, Holly, Daniel, Crystal and four great grandchildren.

Carol was born September 23rd, 1931 in Cutknife Saskatchewan. Her family moved to Vancouver, where Carol received her education. Initially Carol pursued a degree in music, but redirected her career to nursing and graduated from the University of BC with a degree in Public Health. While practicing in Prince George Carol met and married Verne Williams, a member of the RCMP, in 1958. They lived in Fort St. James, Sidney, Colwood, Prince Rupert, Chilliwack, Waverley, Nova Scotia and for the last 33 years in Vernon.

After her family grew up Carol developed a great interest in the community. Carol was a volunteer with the PIN Crisis Line, Vernon B.C. Summer Games, Friends of the Library, and the Community Foundation. Her great interest and enthusiasm lay with the Vernon Winter Carnival, beginning with the Queen’s Committee, then as a volunteer with Carnival, Office Manager and later as Chairman of the Carnival Committee.

Carol served three terms on council in Coldstream and as a representative on the Okanagan Regional Library, serving as chairman for 4 years. Carol has been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal, the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, Order of Jopo and named Woman of the Year by the Vernon Business Woman’s Association.

Carol’s family with to express our heartfelt and sincere thanks to Dr. Mandreck, Dr. Hardy, Dr. Blyth, the staff at the Vernon Cancer Clinic, Kelowna Cancer Clinic, Vernon Jubilee Hospital and the Vernon Hospice House, all who provided sterling interest, care and professionalism.

A celebration of Carol’s life will be held 2pm, Thursday, March 3rd at Trinity United Church, 3300 Alexis Park Drive, Vernon, B.C. A reception will be held in the church hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Vernon Hospice would be greatly appreciated.

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