Obituaries

Carol Jean Richardson (nee Fuller)

19/07/1938 - 07/05/2021

Obituary For Carol Jean Richardson (nee Fuller)

July 19, 1938 – May 7, 2021 at the age of 82.
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our mother. She passed away unexpectedly at the QE II Hospital with daughter Kathy and granddaughter Rayna at her side. She is survived by sons; Daniel (Patricia), Gerald (Kimberley), James (Colleen), daughters; Kathleen and Jeanne (Larry), son-in-law Orvel Isaac, sister Marie Hodges as well as 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 2 great, great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Carol was predeceased by her husband Ward (Bud), parents Florence Bentley and Carl Fuller, half-brother Ray Fuller, son Jack, daughters Sandra and Rose and great granddaughter Alyssa.
Carol was born in Flint, Michigan and raised in Detroit. She married Bud in 1956, and Bud’s daughter Sandy came to live with them. While living in Flint, Danny and Kathy were added to the family. In 1958 they moved to Houston, Texas where Gerry and the twins; Jack and Jeanne were born. In 1962 they moved to northern Alberta in the Webster area where Rose and Jim were added to the clan.
From large cities to the middle of nowhere northern Alberta. She courageously learned to adapt to her new surroundings where there was no power or running water and raised 8 children.
Carol had many skills. As well as being a mother of 8, and an incredible baker, she also got her pilot’s license in her 40’s. Carol and Bud flew on vacations all over Canada and the United States.
In 1971 she became a Canadian citizen. In 1978 she graduated from GPRC with a diploma in Business Administration with honours. For many years, she worked as a bookkeeper for numerous businesses in Grande Prairie.
We would like to thank the staff and management at Heritage Lodge for the excellent care and kindness they provided for our mother.
Due to COVID, a private service will be held this Friday, May 14, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Bear Creek Funeral Home. Please join us via live feed by clicking on the link below.
There will be a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 52411 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5G8
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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A Mother's Love is forever! Sincere Sympathy and condolences from the Bozarth family on the loss of your mother Carol. Many memories were made with your family over the years through family visits, countless Webster dances and lasing friendships. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. Take care. Shirley (Lamoyne) Hogg, Jerry and Judy, Edie (Bill) Wolfe, Sheila (Wayne) Craipley, Floyd and Marilyn, Maxine (Ed) Spilchen
- Maxine Bozarth
Sorry to hear Carol has passed away. Our sympathy to all your family at this sad time. Marilyn and Bill Thiessen
- Marilyn Thiessen
Dear Family, You had a good, good Mom. I will always remember her as such. May God keep you all close and in His care......Love Karen Harding
- Karen Harding

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What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

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Why are funerals so expensive?

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