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CAREY, Rita M (nee Walsh)

January 23, 1925 – January 31, 2012

Rita Carey, beloved mother of Jim, Miriam, Anne, and David, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at the age of 87 years.

Rita trained in secretarial and administrative fields prior to serving in the Women’s Royal Canadian Navy (WRENS). Following her service, she enjoyed several years working in Montreal, where she met Larry. Larry and Rita were married in Shawinigan Falls, Quebec on September 4, 1954. After living in India, Montreal and the Yukon Territory, Larry and Rita settled in Calgary in 1959. Rita was a long time member of Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club; she volunteered with The Samaritan Club of Calgary, and was also active in the PEGG (Professional Engineers Geologists and Geophysicists) Wives Club. Rita will be fondly missed not only by her family, but by her many friends whom she cherished.

Rita was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Larry, in August of 2011. Rita is survived by her children and their spouses: Jim Carey (Cathy), Miriam Carey (Errol), Anne Thomson (David) and David Carey (Patricia); and her five grandchildren: Hilary, Robyn, Zoe, Scott and Jackson.

A celebration of Rita’s life will be held at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club (12501 – 14 Street S.W.) on Sunday, February 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

Rita’s family wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to her caregivers at the Rockyview Hospital: in the emergency room, the flex unit, and unit 94.

Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Jim, Miriam, Anne, and David

    I was saddened to hear of your Mom passing, and so soon after your Father. I haven’t been in touch with any of you for so long but after your Father’s death, Rita took the time to send me a lovely letter. She brought me up to date on Larry’s last years and then went on to speak very highly of each of you. She even made me feel proud of you!! I was deeply touched that she took the time to reach out, and all in her time of loss.

    I wish I could be there to help celebrate the life of both your parents as they truly were special people. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

    Heather Wood

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  2. Janis H. Walsh, David Walsh-Pickering, Ron Pickering :

    Dear Jim, Miriam, Anne, David, and Families:

    I am so very sorry for your (our) loss. Your Mom was a very, very, kind and generous person, and a real “light”. I will really miss her.

    Janis

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  3. Pat Stauffer executive of PEGG WOMEN's CLUB :

    The members of the Pegg Women’s Club, send their condolences to Rita’s family. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother and Grandmother, Rita. Her many friends will miss her dearly. Rita was a life time member of PEGG Women’s Club and served on the executive over many years. She was president during 1984 and 1985. We all remember Rita as a vibrant, caring and entertaining friend. Her presence enhanced all events. Rita will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

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  4. Ray & Marrianne Dobberthien :

    To the Carey family
    Marion has kept us aware of your Mom’s condition and we are so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a very special lady and I played many rounds of golf with her, she will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    Sincerly Ray & Marrianne

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  5. I telephoned your mother just last week to tell her that there was a void without her at our ‘stretch class as she was a devotee to this form of exercise. I have known her through bridge games and also through golf at ‘Canyon Meadows’.

    She was the epitome of a refined lady, always having a broad smile and such a gentle manner. When I asked her how she was doing in her new home, she replied that it was a good move and she had no need for extra space. Her voice was strong and she left me feeling that all was well with her; another example of her accepting what came her way. What a better world it would be if more of us could adopt her acceptance of challenges put before us.

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  6. Maureen Wakeford (gilhooly) :

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I have often thought of you Miriam.

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  7. Maureen Wakeford (gilhooly) :

    So sorry to hear of your loss, I often think of you Miriam

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  8. Rita was a lovely person to have as a friend, and wil be sadly missed.
    My late husband worked with Larry at Monenco and we enjoyed many social events with them both,- I got to know Rita better after retirement. I will be away when the memorial service takes place, but wanted to express my sadness at her passing.
    Sincerely,
    Rae Jones.

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  9. Shirley Slater :

    To the Family

    I was so very sorry to hear of your Mother’s death She was a beautiful person and a dear friend. We are going to miss her My heartfelt sympathy is sent to you all Sincerily Shirley Slater

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  10. Margaret and Bill Whelan :

    I was very saddened to learn of Rita’s passing. She has been a dear friend for many years-at UNICEF, as a neighbour and on the golf course. Fortunately I was able to speak to her on her birthday just past.Her cheerful spirit was a blessing to all. I’ll miss her. My deepest sympathy to all the family. Margaret Whelan

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  11. Douglas & Jo-Anne Goodman :

    We were very sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. Margaret Orr was kind enough to call us last night and let us know. Your mother was very kind to me when I was sick with Kidney stones at the Rockyview Hospital and also to us with help for Keith and Jane Goodman through their illnesses. I talked with Rita before we went south in Oct. and she was so happy in her new home and wished she done it earlier. We will miss her.

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  12. The Carey Family

    Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother.She was a special lady.

    Minailo’s – Mike, Marie – Michele and Michael

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  13. Dorene Veevers :

    Dear Family of Rita and Larry Carey:

    I was so saddened to hear of your mom’s passing and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Your mother was a wonderful, strong woman who always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say to every one. I’m blessed to have known her through our PEGG Women’s Group and had many an enjoyable day playing Bridge with her in our afternoon Group as well as in her home at Bridge Luncheons. (Her Shrimp Bisque was one of my favorites.)

    Unfortunately, due to a previous committment, I won’t be able to attend the Celebration of her Life.

    May the precious memories you have of your loved one carry you through this very difficult time.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Dorene & Bob Veevers

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  14. Anne and David Jenkins, Kippen, Scotland :

    Jim, Miriam, Anne and David

    We were very saddened to hear of Rita’s death. We have lovely memories of her numerous visits to Scotland with Larry and our own trips to Calgary. Her cheerfulness and positive attitude to life were qualities to be admired. We will miss our annual Christmas letter from her and her pride in all the achievements of her children and grandchildren.

    With sincere sympathy
    Anne and David

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  15. Janice Hawkins :

    We were so sorry to hear of Rita’s illness and death. She was so warm and welcoming when we visited in Calgary.
    Our sympathy to all of you.

    Janice and Audrey Hawkins

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  16. Karen Walsh and Jean Sharratt :

    We were so saddened to hear of the loss of your dear mom. What a wonderful lady. I had run into her at the bank just before Christmas and we had such a nice visit. Thinking of you all.

    Hugs,
    Karen Walsh

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  17. Cathy Stevulak :

    Jim and Miriam,
    I send you warm thoughts on hearing about the death of your Mom. From school days through present, I remember your Mom and Dad well. May your fond memories bring you through the difficult times.
    Cathy

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