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CRUIKSHANK, Kristen Leah

1951 – 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kristen Leah Cruikshank of Calgary, AB, on August 17, 2018. Kristen passed away peacefully at home, with her loving family nearby.

Kristen was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB. Although she was taken far too soon, Kristen lived a complete life that was full of love and friendship. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, Kristen was an acknowledged entrepreneur, artist, and gardener, who gracefully balanced these responsibilities while also raising a relatively well-adjusted and accomplished family. When she wasn’t attending to her official duties, Kristen pursued her passion for art or, ever the queen of hospitality, could be found entertaining, relaxing, or “puttering around” at the family cottage near Kenora, ON. Indeed there was rarely a moment when Kristen wasn’t renovating or otherwise improving some part of the house or cottage – she had impeccable taste. Kristen was always available to provide comfort, advice and guidance to her family and her many dear friends. She was a classy and elegant lady who was loved and cherished by all. Although she is dearly and profoundly missed, her caring nature and passion for life will be warmly remembered and carried on by those who knew her.

Kristen is survived by her husband of thirty-nine years, Murray Carey; her children Steven (Jillian), Kait (Jared), and Jill (Nicholas), and her granddaughter Emmeline. She was predeceased by her father Claude, mother Pat, and sister Leslie.

In accordance with Kristen’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta, Suite 302, 609 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 2A1, .

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre as well as Pat, Wendy and Rachel of the South East Palliative Care Group.

In living memory of Kristen Cruikshank, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Dear Murray
    How heartbreaking for you and your family!
    Although, we lost touch, I am flooded with memories including Ash Street, your “warm” wedding and creative shenanigans.
    I wish you strength and peace

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  2. Dear Murray and Family
    Just a note to let you know how saddened I was to hear about Kris’s passing. I have known her since she was 7 years old and thought she was great right from the start. A truly beautiful person, inside and out. Just wanted you to know that I’m in your corner during this tough time.
    Warmest Regards, Tim

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  3. I grew up spending many weekends over at the Carey household, as Kait was one of my childhood best friends. I always loved going over there because not only did Kristen make the best food, but she was always curious about what was going on in my life and never hesitated to lend a listening ear whenever I needed advice. I was fortunate enough to visit the Carey’s at their family cottage, and will never forget the fun that was had during those summers I visited. Kirsten always made me feel comfortable and part of the family. I knew her for 25 years, and will always remember her kind heart and her incredible artistic ability. I will miss her, and am thinking of the Carey family throughout this very difficult time. Xoxo

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  4. Trish Smerchanski

    My heartfelt condolences to you, Murray, and the family. I remember Kristen well from Balmoral and then our times spent together at the U of W. She accomplished many things in her life, but her legacy was her family and the life she shared with friends. My prayers are with you all.

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  5. Bernadine Letkeman

    Dear Murray and family,
    We were very saddened to learn of Kristen’s passing. We all remember her as a truly gracious person who was able to communicate easily with everyone. We pray that you will find courage and strength in each other in the days ahead as you cherish the light she brought to your lives.
    Love from the Jim Carey Cousins

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  6. Dear Murray and Family;
    We were very sorry to learn of Kristen’s death. We so enjoyed her company at many “Old Wine Dinners”. She was a gracious and interesting companion. She will be missed by us all. Our sincere condolences to you and family at this sad loss.

    Alan and Penny White

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