Obituary for Carol Murray
Carol Murray was born Dorothy Carol Cavanagh on February 24, 1935 to Frank and Dorothy Cavanagh at Ponoka, Alberta. Her family moved around in her early years from Hardisty, Alberta to Killam, Alberta until ultimately returning to Ponoka. She was the only one of their four children to survive infancy. Her father was a farmer among other things and her mother had been a teacher.
After graduating from school in eleven years and as valedictorian, Carol moved to Provost in 1954. She'd agreed to help her father who had become the town's chief of police while her mother stayed in Ponoka for a time to care for her elderly parents. She started working at the medical centre where she met her future husband, John Murray when he was a patient who needed a shot in his butt which she administered by asking him to drop his pants. They married on December 30, 1957 in Hardisty and lived on a farm north of Hayter, Alberta. They had two children; Allan born in 1959 and Heather in 1961. In 1965 they built a new house on the original Murray homestead. Carol enjoyed being a farm wife and helping out on the farm. She had her Class 3 license so she could drive the grain truck if need be.
In 1982 Carol and John moved to Provost, leaving the farm to Allan. Carol started working at The Provost News and continued to work there for the next 15 years. Heather got married in 1983 and three grandchildren followed; the twins Damon and Rebecca in 1989 and Emma in 1991. Heather and the kids moved to Provost in 1994 which allowed Carol and John plenty of opportunity to spend time with the grandchildren. John passed away on October 7, 2002 after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.
Carol had many interests and knew how to stay busy. She and John enjoyed travelling to Europe, Hawaii, Expo '67 in Montreal, and Scotland to meet John's relatives, among other places. In her later years Heather and the grandkids became her travel partners with them taking many trips to British Columbia and visiting Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park. She loved baking, sewing, reading and playing cards, especially bridge which she played every Monday for the past 20 years and later on Wednesdays as well. She loved watching curling, whether it was John playing or the professionals on TV. She bowled weekly for years. She stayed up-to-date on technology, regularly having new Apple computers and even an iPad.
Genealogy was a passion of hers as she worked on an extensive Murray family tree and later on ones of both branches of her family; the Cavanaghs and the Sweets.
After moving to town Carol became quite involved in the community. She was elected as treasurer to the Provost Hospital Board, serving for 24 years, as it eventually became the Provost and District Health Services Foundation. She worked to keep the town in supply of doctors and new equipment. She served 20 plus years on the Provost Associated (later New Hope) Gospel Church board as the secretary and treasurer. She helped to get a playground built in an empty field across from Heather's house and served as census and election officials. To serve her bridge addiction she joined the Drop-in Centre and was on the board as well.
Carol started to run into health problems in the last few years needing to have her gall bladder removed in 2015. She was diagnosed with inoperable cancer that had spread in September 2017 and passed away on the morning of December 2 at the Provost Health Centre.
Carol is survived by her son Allan; daughter Heather Allen; grandchildren Damon Allen, Rebecca (Matthew) Hayduk and Emma Allen; sister-in-law Mary Murray; numerous nieces and nephews.
Carol was predeceased by her husband John; parents Frank and Dorothy Cavanagh; brothers Francis, Donald, and Donald Francis Cavanagh; sisters-in-law Mabel (William) Rennie and Bella (Arthur) Kirk; brothers-in-law George (Dorothy), Walter (Venus) and Robert.