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LOWE, Caroline Elinor

September 11, 1933 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
August 28, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Caroline Elinor Lowe passed away peacefully on August 28th at Calgary’s Rockyview Hospital surrounded by people who loved her.

She will be deeply missed by her husband David; six children, Linda (Bruce), Cathy (Chuck), Paul (Eileen), David (Frances), Alison (Rick), Derick (Mary); 13 grandchildren, Sean (Jessica), Erin, Mathew, Meredith, Lauren, Daniel, Madison, Katherine, Ian, Fiona, Christopher, Stuart and Alexandra; and great-grandson Hudson.

Carol was pre-deceased by her first husband Robert Wickett, younger sister Bonnie, father Harry McDonald, mother Gunhild Kerslake, step-father Robert Kerslake, and life-long friends Shirley and Bruce, Floy, and Doreen.

Carol was born at the end of the Great Depression (1933) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. During the second world war Carol’s father, an air-force pilot, was killed. Her mother remarried Bob Kerslake who adored Carol and Bonnie. After Carol graduated from nursing school, she and Robert Wickett married, started a family and raised their four children.

The early 1970’s drew the family to Montreal and a decade of travel. As her children became more independent, Carol indulged in numerous passions including gourmet cooking and bridge. Carol also had a strong need to help others and always made sure she was in touch with friends and family. These passions followed her to Ottawa, Seoul South Korea and eventually Malawi in southern Africa.

Upon returning from Africa Carol settled in Toronto. She returned to nursing, working at Sunnybrook Hospital in the geriatric wing. It was during this time she met David Lowe. The two became inseparable and were married on December 26,1986. She embraced her new step-children (Alison and Rick) and extended Scottish clan.

In the early 1990’s Carol and David moved to Bragg Creek to be closer to her new grandchildren in Calgary. Carol continued to work as an RN but also made time to golf, play bridge, create stained-glass pieces and cook Sunday dinners for family. Once retired, she and David made numerous trips in their 5th wheel to visit friends and family in Texas, Arizona, Detroit, British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario. Beyond the 5th wheel, trips were made to the United Kingdom to visit family. She and David also enjoyed cruises to Alaska, Hawaii and down the Danube.

Victoria Beach on Lake Winnipeg held a special place in Carol’s heart. As a teenager and young adult Carol spent many summers up at Grand Beach with her friends and cousins. Carol continued this tradition with her children, culminating on her 80th birthday at Victoria Beach surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

Carol never lost her dry wit and her sincere interest, appreciation and love for her ever expanding circle of friends and family. She will be remembered as an amazing woman who was, in the words of her family, wonderful, caring, pragmatic, empowering, stubborn, faithful, resilient, beautiful, determined, humble, loving, tough old bird, inspiring, kind, sassy, social, adaptive, gregarious, adventurous, tenacious, role model, proud, supportive, tender, precious, wise and strong.

Go Dancing Bear!

If friend’s so desire, please donate to The Alex Community Health Centre,

Funeral Services will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (George Fox Trail, Cochrane, AB, T4C 2A3) on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Caroline Lowe, 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. My heartfelt condolences to the family. I’ve got to know Carol a little over the years and have always known her to be a sweet, funny and loving person. She lived a wonderful life full of family and adventures. Carol will be missed by all.

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  2. I know this is a late message to Dave and the family . I am very sorry for your loss. Caroline was my cousin and whenever Dave and Caroline came to Winnipeg they would call and if time permitted would come over to see Uncle Harry. She was an amazing woman as you all know with a pure heart of gold. My heart goes out to you all

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