Carmen Leola MacIlroy passed away peacefully in Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, B.C. on December 15, 2005. She was in her 92nd year.
She is survived by her loving family, Sharon (Bill) Gurney of Kamloops, David (Lorraine) MacIlroy of Prince Rupert, Bill MacIlroy of Terrace and Linnea (Terry) Inskip of
A loving Grandmother and Nanny to Lisa Gurney, Janis Hutton, Steve Gurney, Kevin and Bruce MacIlroy and Cody, Dustin and Ty Inskip.
Great Grandma and Nana to Jacob, Nathan and
Matthew Hutton; Willis and Adam Gurney; Michelle, Alycia and Kyla MacIlroy.
Also survived by her sister, Ina (Bill) McNab of Keremeos, B.C.
Carmen was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Wm. H (Pat) MacIlroy in 1991, her son Danny in August, 2005, and her infant daughter (Bill’s twin). Also predeceased by her sister Lorna (Doc) Calder and by her brother, Bruce (Marge) Smith.
Carmen was born on August 25, 1914 in the hamlet of Ribstone, Alberta to area pioneers William and Agnes Smith. Her father and grandparents were the first homesteaders in that area of Alberta having crossed the Prairies by wagon ahead of the construction of the Railway. She and her parents moved to Terrace, B.C. in 1919. Carmen and Pat were married there on December 31, 1935. Pat’s job took her and her family to many areas of Canada during the next 34 years including Prince Rupert, Terrace,
Smithers, Prince George, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Port Arthur, Fort William and many towns and villages in between. They retired to Victoria in 1969 and later to Arizona coming to Kamloops in 1985 to be nearer their family.
For many years, after leaving Terrace, Carmen and her children returned during the summer months to the family cottage at Lakelse Lake.
She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge for nearly 70 years, a girl guide leader for many years and an active participant in community affairs wherever she lived. She was a talented seamstress and an inspirattion to all her family. She will be greatly missed.
,Carmen’s family would like to thank Dr. Mark Langford
for his care and compassion. A special thanks to the nurses of 3 South for their care during her illness. Also thanks to the staff of the Shores Retirement Residence for their support during the five years she made her home there.
There will be no formal service. A family gathering will be held in the spring to honour her memory.
Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops
in care of arrangements.