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NELSON, Carol Frances

February 23, 1925 – North Sydney, Nova Scotia
October 22, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Carol Frances Nelson (nee Vincent), after nearly 94 years of living, passed on in her sleep at her cherished home at Staywell Manor on October 22, 2018.

Carol was born on February 23, 1925 in North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Gordon and Jean Vincent. Carol, sister Ruth and brother Gordon were the best of friends and loved their lives as the “Minister’s Children.” As a family, they served churches in places such as Halifax, Nova Scotia, Woodstock, New Brunswick and Wheeling, West Virginia.

As was typical of Carol’s mother, guests were invited back to the family home for Sunday lunch after the morning service. On one particular Sunday, she invited several of the single young women of the church to come for lunch along with one charming bachelor whose tenor voice was as stunning as his red serge uniform. John Nelson of Regina, Saskatchewan, was stationed in Halifax with the RCMP. His eyes were not on any of the lunching ladies: They were on Carol, the Vincents’ 16 year-old daughter. At that time, RCMP officers had to serve seven years before being allowed to marry. Carol had stolen his heart and John left the force to marry her on October 2, 1945. They celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary in 2015, just months before John’s passing on Christmas Day, 2015.

Over the years, John and Carol did make beautiful music together. Carol graduated with a degree in music from Dalhousie University. They both had beautiful singing voices and Carol was an outstanding pianist. They moved to Calgary in the early 50’s, became members of First Baptist Church and spent years serving their Lord and the community through music. Carol directed choirs and, when John turned his attention to the promotion of handbells, she entered fully into sharing their beautiful sound.

Carol worked outside of the home for many years as the office administrator of a medical practice, at Roberts’ Jewellers, and, later, as a child-care provider. With John spending weeks at a time on the road throughout western Canada as a manufacturer’s sales representative, Carol adeptly managed the home front as she raised their two adored sons. She made sure they got to their music lessons and that she was able to attend the majority of their many baseball and basketball games usually accompanied by her two white toy poodles. She was a wonderful friend to many – ready to state her opinions and quick to enter into the fun. In the words of one of her grand-daughters, she was “a pink-wearing, poodle-loving, proper lady and proud of it.”

Carol leaves behind her two sons John (Debby) and Gary (Carla); four grandchildren Stacy (Phil), Rob (Nicole), Becky (Chris), and David; and eight great grandchildren – Jaeleigh, Garrett, Katjana, Malcolm, Annika, Carter, Daniel and Grace, nieces and nephews, many dear friends and the staff and fellow residents of Staywell Manor. She was predeceased by her husband John, her sister Ruth and brother-in-law Athol, brother Gordon, siblings-in-law Hank and Bette, and dear friend Cathi.

A celebration of Carol’s life and faith will be held at First Baptist Church (1311 – 4th Street S.W.) on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. The service will be lead by the Rev. Dr. Gordon King. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends or family so desire, donations may be made to the John and Carol Nelson Carillon Fund at Tyndale University College & Seminary in Toronto or the neo-natal unit of the General Hospital in Regina.

In living memory of Carol Nelson, 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 Gary

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your mother’s loss.

    Younan & Bassma

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  2. Randy Montgomery

    John & Gary
    I have cherished memories of your mother leading me in both choir and hand bells. She will be missed!

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  3. Dear Carla and Gary and family ….. so sorry to hear of Carol’s death. I am sure she will be missed and we always hope for more time with those we love. I remember her kindness and love of pink and what a lovely person Carol was. I know it I said so hard to go through the loss of ones parent…. so my prayers are with you in these days.
    With love

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  4. Praying God’s peace that transcends all understandings to guard your heart and mind.

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  5. Chris & Dennis Taylor

    John & Gary,
    Your mother showed us so many kindnesses when we lived in Calgary. We remember the many wonderful dinners together and the stories she could relate about the old West End Baptist days, especially about Peggy and Roy. We are thinking of you and smiling knowing that she is with John and making music again with the heavenly hosts.

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  6. Dear Gary and Carla, please accept my deepest sympathies and prayers. Thank you for sharing this tribute with me. I didn’t know Carol and after reading about her character, life and legacy I’m sorry to have missed that opportunity. I suspect that much of her kindness, integrity and sense of fun live on in the family she raised and I’m glad of that. May you know God’s peace and comfort in these days. Love Beth

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  7. Vic and Vi Harbidge

    To John and Debbie and Gary and Carla,
    We feel that we have lost a good friend, but rejoice in her Homegoing and relief from the struggles of aging. We have known Carol many years, Vic’s Mother sat beside her in the Choir at First Baptist. She was the soloist at both of Vic’s parents Services – we always loved her voice. She was beautiful with her white hair and never colored it. She was fun and smart and a remarkable leader of children’s and bell choirs always very prepared. We enjoyed several meals with her at Staywell – so many good memories. We all loved little white dogs. Blessings to you all and your families – a great heritage to cherish forever. May the Holy Spirit fill that huge space in your hearts and give you comfort and peace.

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  8. We are saddened by this sad news but rejoice for a life so well lived, a legacy of hope.
    Hallelujah Carol is reunited with John in the presense of her Lord
    To Gary and John we hold you in our prayers and thoughts, knowing the pain of losing your mother

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  9. Patti (Bowering) Carlson

    John, Gary and family: this is a beautiful tribute to your mother. She was indeed a wonderful woman who, along with your Dad, left an amazing legacy in the family she was so proud of. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Wish we lived closer, but we will be with you in spirit on Nov. 10.

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  10. Dear ones…. we know this has been a hard time for all of you. On top of your grief there has been the added stress of travel-especially for you, John and Gary. And there’s the busy-ness that is required after a passing. And it all has to be arranged around the unrelenting work schedule. We hope and pray that comfort and peace will come to you.
    Know you’ve been in our hearts through this time of sadness.

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  11. My special thoughts and prayers for Gary, John and families. Your parents were special to so many of us as they opened their lives and loves in sharing of gifts and their love. Great satisfaction in trusting they share now in their great spiritual reward.

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  12. John and Gary. We are very sorry to read of the passing of your mom. Thinking of you.
    Dorothy Hales and Susan Hales Wells

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  13. Fran Schneidmiller

    I am so sorry for the loss of your lovely Mother. May happy memories bring you comfort. Blessings & prayers.
    Fran (Farr) Schneidmiller

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  14. Gary , John and families: I loved your Mom as did my late husband John. She was a very wonderful women with a terrific sense of humor. She will be missed but I know she was getting tired and just wanted to go home to her Lord. I am unable to attend the ceremony, as I am working but I will be thinking of you all that day. Love and sincere sympathy. Ruth Roberts.

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  15. Dear Gary,
    Pease accept our condolences at this time. We are thinking of you, loving you & praying for you across the miles. Love Paul & Lynda

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