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BLYTH, Carol Gudridur

December 25, 1930 – Vita, Manitoba   

April 8, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta   

Carol beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on April 8, 2018 at the age of 87 years.

Carol was born on December 25, 1930 in Vita, Manitoba.  She was raised, along with her brother Murray and her sister Norma, in Piney, Manitoba, a small farming community in southern Manitoba inhabited mostly by people of Icelandic heritage. She was very proud of her heritage.

Carol received a BSc in Home Economics from the University of Manitoba and participated in a number of sports at university including hockey, and received her “Letter” for sports. She had a long and distinguished life and career and contributed to the community in so many ways.

Among her most notable successes and community contributions are: working for the Continuing Education Department of the Calgary Board of Education, ultimately ascending to the position of Director; serving as President of the Calgary Home Economics Association; co-writing a history of home economics in Alberta titled “The Past is Prologue”; serving as a member of the Minister’s Advisory Committee to Further Education; being elected President of Northwest Adult Education – an organization that represented adult educators from Western Canada, the Northwest United States and Alaska; winning the YWCA’s “Woman of Distinction” award and being on the YWCA “Wall of Honour”; being elected as a member of the Senate of the University of Calgary; volunteering at the Distress Centre; serving on the Seniors Advisory Council for Alberta; serving in a number of capacities with the Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club of Calgary; and, writing and publishing a series on money management called “Money and the Marketplace”, which was the subject of a television series.

Carol was so proud of the home she made for her family in Calgary and she loved her garden, which was admired by all of the neighbours in Altadore. She was a life-long member of the Unitarian Church.

Carol is survived by her four children and their spouses, Scott and Mary, Stuart and Sherri, Steven and Tiffany, and Sharon; her grandchildren and their spouses, Andrew and Teresita, Meagan, Graham and Blair, Quinn, Colin, Evan, and Owen; and her great-grandchildren Alejandro, Naomi, Carter, and Fernando.

She was predeceased by her husband Bill; her granddaughter Jillian; her sister Norma; and her brother Murray.

A celebration of Carol’s wonderful life will be held at a date to be announced. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Carol Blyth, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone:  403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear Family,

    On behalf of the Marda Loop Seniors Group, I offer our sincere condolences on Carol’s passing. Carol was a regular participant in our gatherings and we missed her after she moved to the Manor. May her soul rest in peace and may her near and dear ones treasure her memory for long.

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  2. My name is Val I was Carols companion for the last couple of months. I have to say what an honour it was to share this time with such a kind and wonderful lady. We had some great times going for walks and sharing stories. My deepest condolences to the Blyth family.

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  3. Dear cousins,
    I just heard about your moms passing and would like to pass along my love and thoughts. Your mom was such a lovely sweet lady and I will miss her deeply, she was my “Aunty Carol”, and very special to me. I really thought of her as a creative influence in my life. She was special.

    Please accept my love and know I am thinking about you, love,
    Barb and family

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  4. I was so sad to hear of Auntie Carol’s passing. I always admired her as being an educated and professional woman. I remember her as a gracious and kind hostess whenever we had a chance to visit.

    Cousin Kim

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  5. Margaret SPARKES

    On behalf of all the members of the Calgary Women’s Literary Club, I offer our sincere condolences to Carol’s family. Carol was a valued member of our club and her contribution was greatly appreciated. We were truly sorry to hear of her passing.

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  6. Scott,Stuart,Stephen,Sharon and families, I wish to offer you my deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom. Mrs. Blyth was a valued member of the 48th Avenue gang. Her garden was indeed the most awesome on the block. Always enjoyed my conversations and interactions with her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Jane (Banks) Jacobs

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  7. It was my privilege to know Carol through the Calgary Women’s Literary. Carol introduced us to her favorite Icelandic authors sharing the beauty and the country’s rich literary heritage. She was a very dedicated member of the executive and will be missed.
    Anita Madill

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  8. Susan Billington

    To the Blyth family,
    I was saddened to learn of your mom’s passing. I have many fond memories of Mrs. Blyth and your family growing up in Altadore. We crossed paths with your mom at many cultural events in Calgary in the past years and she was always so proud to update us on each of you. Our deepest condolences.

    Susan (Reid) and Rick Billington

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  9. Elizabeth Kidd

    I just returned from Europe after an extended period of time there and was saddened to hear of Carol’s passing. I knew her as an accomplished strong lady with a wonderful gentle manner and I will surely miss the visits we had from when she lived on 48th until her last home at ‘Maison’ .

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