Carla Jean Anita Durnin

04/04/1997 - 26/02/2021

Obituary For Carla Jean Anita Durnin

April 4, 1997 – February 26, 2021

Carla Jean Anita Durnin was born April 4,1997 in Grande Prairie, AB to Richard and Laura Durnin. Carla passed away unexpectedly on Friday February 26, 2021 at the age of 23 years.

From the ages of three to nine, Carla enjoyed climbing and exploring her surroundings when her family moved to the lower mainland in British Columbia. Growing up, Carla was very reserved and shy. She spent a lot of her spare time with close friends and family. She took enjoyment in drawing and painting, along with collecting stuffed animals, anime, and manga figurines. In recent years she engaged in online video and chat games to stay connected with her distant friends and her fiancé Yuki Kawaguchi. She had plans in the upcoming future to join Yuki in Japan, where they would have begun their lives together.

Left to carry on the memories of Carla Jean Anita Durnin are her father Richard Durnin, mother Laura Durnin, brother Jordan Boman, fiancé Yuki Kawaguchi, nieces and nephews, along with many other family and friends.

Carla was predeceased by her grandmother Anita Boman, brother Rob Macgillivary, cousin Darcy Holtzhouer, as well as numerous others.

A Memorial Service will be held at Bear Creek Funeral Home on Saturday March 6, 2021, due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendance will be invitation only. A livestream of the service will be available for those unable to attend on Bear Creek Funeral Homes YouTube channel (see link below). Those attending virtually are encouraged to leave a condolence or cherished memory in the comments section for the family to see.

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Dear Richard and Laura, there are no words to express my sorrow for the loss of Carla. I taught her art at The Composite Highschool. The first words that come to mind when I think of Carla are, sweet, talented, and beautiful. I will always remember her impish smile that she so freely gave every time I saw her in the hallway. From reading the condolences is it clear that she was deeply loved by many. Rest in peace sweet girl, you will be missed.
- Laurel Rohne
Carla was a hilarious, caring and loving friend who we'd spent nights playing our online games together with, laughing and bonding and having an awesome time making memories together, I'd always joke about how after covid we'd all get together and celebrate as a group at a convention, talking about anime and always checking up on each other even if we hadn't talked in awhile, it hurts me so much as a close friend to say goodbye to you today Carla I'm sorry for not always being there but I enjoyed our time together in discord while we played final fantasy or just sat around listening to different music every night, watching you guys play games or just laughing and joking the entire night with everyone else. My condolences to all of your family. She was deeply cared for and a driving part of our group of friends.
- Jimmy Nguyen
My deepest condolences to all of Carla's family and friends. I had the pleasure of getting to know Carla in her first year of studies at the University of Alberta. She was a brilliant and hard working student who excelled academically. She was gentle, genuine, and well liked by her peers. She will be missed. -Suzanne Butler
- Suzanne Butler
I have wrote so.many things. Nothing seems good enough, for the loss of such a sweet girl. Just know we are thinking about you in this difficult time. Carrie and Rob
- Carrie-Ann Thompson
RIP Carla. 😢💕 Last time I seen you, you were a smiley little baby in your jolly jumper in GP. You grew into such a beautiful young women. Gone too soon but the memory of you will always be in our hearts. 🌺
- Raylene
First time Richard brought baby Carla to visit me I could feel something special about that little spirit. She was the happiest baby I had ever seen. Over the years I felt very fortunate to be a part of the Durnin/Boman family. Spent so much time at Rich and Laura's that I felt like part of the family. Having a bad back, I would come over for a visit and be laying on the floor and little Carla would walk on my back and ask if I felt better. The sweetest and funniest thing I ever heard Carla say because I was hanging around so often was, "John is here all the time, does this mean I have 2 dad's"? Wow did we have a good laugh at her innocence! Rest easy little angel! ♥️😘
- John Benham
Our deepest condolence to Laura and Richard and the whole family! We were saddened to hear the passing of Carla! She will always be a part of us and always be remembered ! Much love from Gemma and Jennifer Bueno
- Gemma Bueno
Rich and Laura, I am deeply saddened by the passing of sweet Carla. She will forever be the bright and curious little girl who dressed up in my giant purple mouse slippers and made everyone smile. My deepest condolences to you and all the family.
- Vashti Hancock
When Carla was three and fours years old I lived with her and her family. She and I would line up cushions on the floor and Cara and I would sit on the cushions and pretend it was a boat and pretend we were fishing from the boat. My deepest condolences to Richard, Luara, Jordan and all the rest of the family. Carla is loved and missed.
- John Durnin
Dear Richard and Laura: We are so sorry to hear of your daughter's passing. We remember her living in our neighborhood. Our deepest condolences to all your family . Joan & John Prankie
- Joan Prankie

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