CARTER Mrs. Lavina Irene Carter passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2006, thirty-two days short of her 83rd birthday. Lavina was born to Clara Scheerschmidt and Robert Falkenberg in Castor, Alberta on April 3, 1923. Lavina lived in the Stettler area and town of Stettler until the age of 16 when she moved to Lacombe. Lavina was a fun loving, good natured young lady and worked at various housekeeping jobs as well as the Lacombe Creamery. Lavina met the love of her life, Allen "Bud" Carter, on his day of discharge from the army, February 7, 1946. A short seven months later to the day they were married. They were to spend 58 years together before Bud died March 25, 2005. Lavina's early years with Bud were spent golfing, curling, traveling to Bud's hockey games which her refereed, and spoiling Tootsie, the luckiest little bulldog on the planet. Daughter Kathy joined the little family and Lavina spent the rest of her life being a devoted, loving Mother and best friend to her daughter. The ultimate highlight of Lavina's life was when her only grandchild David arrived. Lavina then became "Granny" and was called that by the whole immediate family and most of their friends after that. Lavina was a real character, loved a colorful joke and was always up for some fun and wild hilarity in her younger days. Even in later days that wicked sense of humor would occasionally surface to the delight of us all. She had high standards and her devotion to her whole family will forever be remembered. Lavina enjoyed many years of retirement together with Bud and most of their activities centered on Kathy, Harold Drok and David Drok. Lavina was a very high energy person who could clean the house, weed the garden, bake pies, fix anything, sew and basically do anything she put her mind to all in the same day. In 1989 Lavina started having health challenges and continued to have difficulties the remainder of her life. This past year of her life was an especially difficult one with the loss of Bud, many serious illnesses and frequent hospitalizations. Lavina's life ended surrounded and held by her family, a dear friend and Chaplain Jim from the Red Deer Hospital. Lavina recently told Kathy that soon she and Bud would be together again and that they would be watching over her. When Chaplain Jim held her close and encouraged her to let go of her earthly bonds and join her beloved Bud, she soon slipped into her eternal rest with Bud. Lavina was predeceased by her beloved Bud, her parents, brother's Kaiser and Clarence and sister Lillian. Lavina is survived by her loving daughter Kathy, devoted son-in-law Harold and treasured and cherished grandson David. Lavina recently was delighted when David brought his beautiful Angela and little Cassie (8 years old) into the family. She was so excited to become an instant Great-Granny to Cassie and get a Granddaughter-in-law in Angela all at once. Lavina is also survived by many extended family members held dearly in her heart. Even at the end Lavina was concerned that Cassie get the birthday envelope that Granny had ready and waiting for her. Granny made one last very special trip to Calgary one month before her passing to see "Charlie", her favorite little feline friend. It is hard to say who was happier to see who. A celebration of Lavina's life will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at 2:00 PM at Wilson's Funeral Chapel in Lacombe. If friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the S.P.C.A. 4505-77 Street. Box 931, Red Deer, AB, T4N 5H3. WILSON'S FUNERAL CHAPEL serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements 403-782-3366 or 403-843-3388 " A Caring Family, Caring for Families"

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