Gwendolyn (Gwenne) Iva Florence
1943 – 2014)
Our beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Hospice, July 22, 2014 at the age of 70 years. She is survived by her husband, Joe of Sylvan Lake; daughter, Raylene (Rob) McWade of Sylvan Lake and their children, Sean (Meghan) and Samantha (Travis); daughter, Lynne Redmond-Dorcas of Airdrie and her children Joel, Brett and Braden Jepson; daughter, Jennifer McCulloch of Didsbury and her children Carson and Rowan; her brother, John (Gale) Carswell of Lillooet, BC; sister-in-law, Sharon (Carol) Redmond of Nanaimo, BC as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Gwenne was predeceased by her parents; nephew, Rick Carswell; and son-in-law, Steve McCulloch. Gwenne was born August 11, 1943 in Whitehorse, to Richard (Dick) and Daisy Carswell, long-time Yukon residents. She attended the University of Victoria and Victoria’s Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing. She worked for Dr. Buchan in Whitehorse and the Didsbury Nursing Home. Growing up she enjoyed participating in many sports such as curling and basketball. In 1963 she was honored to be Miss Sourdough Rendevous Queen and represented the Territory as Miss Yukon. Her love of sports continued into adulthood with slowpitch ball, skiing and bowling, which she had the honor of participating at the Alberta Winter Games in 1980. Gwenne was a very active volunteer and dedicated time to many organizations including Didsbury Light Horse, American Saddlebred Horse Association of Alberta and the David Thompson Health Region. Gwenne and Joe were married in Whitehorse in 1965 and subsequently lived in Calgary, Devon, Didsbury, Abbotsford, Red Deer and Sylvan Lake. Despite being a Yukoner, she loved the mountains and prairies of Alberta and felt she was at home here. Joe and Gwenne were proud parents/grandparents and supported the many endeavors and activities of their family. She was a long time member of the Alliance Community Church in Sylvan Lake and her friends and family find great comfort in knowing that she is with her Heavenly Father. Her family thanks the dedicated medical professionals who were so caring, particularly Dr. Neil Stewart of Red Deer, Dr. Easaw and team of the Tom Baker Cancer Center, the Home Care staff in Sylvan Lake and the very special staff and volunteers of the Red Deer Hospice. A Celebration of Life for Gwenne will be held at the Alliance Community Church, 4404 – 47 Avenue, Sylvan Lake, AB, Friday July 25, 2014 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gwenne’s memory to the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4R-3S6, www.reddeerhospice.com.
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