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LAIRD, Carol

Posted By Obits On September 17, 2015 @ 4:38 PM In Obituary | 5 Comments

April 16, 1945 – September 14, 2015

Carol Laird (nee Watson) passed away peacefully on Monday, September 14 in Calgary, Alberta after a lengthy battle with dementia. Known to family as Grandma Carol, she was a loving mom and grandparent whose journey spanned several different careers and a lifetime of community service and friendship.

Born to Charles Watson and Shirley Anderson in Edmonton April 16, 1945, Carol’s early years were marked by strong ties to farming family in Daysland, Camrose and Sherwood Park. Upon graduation from Bonnie Doon High School in 1963, Carol studied nursing and practiced in both Edmonton and Pincher Creek. After wedding David Laird in 1967, Carol and David welcomed their first son, Gordon, then years later, twins, Douglas and Robert.

With her busy, growing family, Carol moved to Calgary in 1981, and became involved in community service and non-profit work, which included positions with The Junior League of Calgary and the Wildrose Foundation. One of her most rewarding roles was serving as director on the Board of Governors for Strathcona Tweedsmuir School. She also worked on a number of political campaigns, including those of respected politicians Jim Dinning, Dennis Herard and Lee Richardson.

Carol was particularly proud of achieving a second degree from the University of Calgary in 1995, and she then began a third career in communications with a focus on community service. Retiring to Windermere, British Columbia, Carol enjoyed gardening and the company of her many friends in the valley. She lived there until 2011, and then moved back to Calgary.

Carol is survived by her sons and their partners, Lisa, Leisha and Natalie, as well as grandchildren Myles, Angus, Megan, Grace, Delphine, and Addison (2001 – 2010). Her long time and dear friend Gary was a great help and comfort into her final years, along with Beverly and Jean.

Please join us to celebrate Carol’s life at the Calgary Golf and Country Club on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Kids welcome; no denim please. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Calgary Foundation are suggested. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Carol Laird, 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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Condolence from Terry & Jacquie Doran on September 18th, 2015 8:38 AM

To Carol’s Family,
Our sympathy to you all with the loss of your precious Carol. May the many memories of good times together be a comfort to you. Take care……Terry & Jacquie

Condolence from Jean Halliday on September 18th, 2015 7:34 PM

It is always sad to say goodbye to those we love. With fond memories of a dear friend and a gracious lady who was beautiful- inside and out.
Sending my sympathy to Carol’s family, Jean Halliday

Condolence from Joyce McPherson on September 19th, 2015 1:08 PM

Sincere condolences to the Laird Family in the loss of your Mom.

Carol spent a great deal of time over several years with her Auntie Winnie and Uncle Chester and her cousins Doreen, Alvin, Joyce and Gordon at their Sherwood Park Dairy Farm.

A few of Joyce’s memories:

Carol was quite like her father in that she was easy to joke with and liked to have fun.

Joyce remembers Carol staying at their farm and taking her to church on Sunday. Carol wore a gold winter coat and her mother, Shirley, had knit her a brown angora bonnet and mittens. “She was always so nicely dressed and particularly so in that outfit with her deep brown eyes” recalls Joyce.

Joyce was a member of Canadian Girls in Training and this group was to visit an Indian Residential School North of Edmonton in the St. Albert area. Carol wanted to come along, she was 3 or 4. The CGIT girls were playing games in a circle with the young aboriginal girls at the school and each were vying for the opportunity to hold Carol’s hand. You have to remember that this was the late 1940’s and a young child like Carol would have been a rarity in the lives of children living in these institutions.

Love, Joyce

Condolence from Myrna Ellston (nee Swanson) on September 20th, 2015 1:43 PM

To Carol’s Family,
My deepest condolences on your loss. Carol and I went to Bonnie Doon at the same time and onto the Royal Alexanda Hospital for our three years of nurses training. I lost touch with Carol about twenty years ago, but have thought of her many times over those years. My memories are of a kind, smart, fun loving woman who was so proud of her boys. I know you will miss her terribly.
Sincerely, Myrna Ellston ( nee Swanson)

Condolence from Gary Paul on September 20th, 2015 8:58 PM

My heartfelt condolences to Carol’s family on her passing. I met Carol in the mid-fifties when I was in Grade 9 and she in Grade 7 at what was then King Edward Park (now Donnan) school. I spent quite a bit of time at her house in Avonmore, and enjoyed the company of her parents also. May she rest in peace.

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