October, 1941 – February, 2023
Her family is heartbroken to advise that Carole, wife, mother, grandmother and sister, died peacefully in her sleep with her family present in her 82nd year in the early hours of Tuesday, February 21, 2023. She passed away after successfully recovering from two earlier bouts of cancer over some twelve years, only to suffer a third occurrence two months before she died, against which she could not prevail.
Carole was born October 9, 1941, at The Nightingale Home in Derby, Derbyshire, U.K., to Frank Barton and Barbara Annice, née Ward; she was the elder of their two children. Carole-Ann attended St. James’ Church Junior Girls School and Pear Street School for Girls, excelling in English, Geography, History, Art, Craft and Dancing, all passions which would follow her in life. She was somewhat less passionate about Arithmetic and Science, traits which would likewise stick with her!
As a young lady, she attended art school and business school in Derby, eventually becoming a design consultant with British Transport Hotels which afforded her travel responsibilities all over the U.K., among other opportunities including fashion modelling.
She was very adventurous and had plans to see the world, starting off with Hong Kong where she hoped to work. Before that could happen, however, she met her first husband in the U.K. and emigrated to Canada in 1966, living in Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Ontario as a “Forces wife”. Carole was very proud to be the “Beaver Girl” at Hudson’s Bay House in HBC’s corporate headquarters in Winnipeg, reporting to the company’s Canadian Managing Director. This introduced her to Canadian history generally and that of western Canada specifically, which she found fascinating. She was a very proud Canadian.
Carole met her second husband, Peter, in London, Ontario, where she was an interior design consultant with a high-end design company. They were married in Edmonton and made a life together for almost half a century, living in Edmonton and Calgary and, lastly, in Regina. Both before and after Peter’s retirement, they travelled as widely as they could (Africa, Australia, the Middle East, and many trips to Europe) where her adventurous spirit could be let loose. Carole rode camels, ate kangaroo and saw the sunrise (in a rare heavy downpour!) at Uluru in the Australian outback; stayed overnight in a Bedouin desert camp in Abu Dhabi where she belly-danced, smoked shisha and went dune bashing; and rode elephants, woke up mornings with giraffe right outside her lodge, and came within feet of wild lions and a leopard while on safari in South Africa.
She sunned on the Spanish Steps in Rome, stood and wept on Sword Beach imagining her father wading ashore on D-Day, and walked the mediaeval villages of the Cathars in southern France. Over several summers, she retraced much of the 1804/05 exploration route of Captains Meriwether Lewis’ and William Clark’s Corps of Discovery Expedition from Missouri to the Pacific. History was her thing. More overseas trips to Japan and India and new adventures were planned but interrupted by the pandemic.
Carole was predeceased by her parents and sister-in-law in the U.K. She is survived by her husband Peter; two sons Adam (Tracey), and Matt (Amanda) in the U.K.; stepson Adrian “Toby” (Tamara) in B.C.; six grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Keegan, Evan, Kate, Tom, Spencer and Hudsyn; brother Tim, and niece Amaryllis in the U.K.; as well as many members of her husband’s large family. Carole desired cremation, and her family will be organizing a remembrance event in the spring.
The family would like to recognise the extraordinary care and compassion that Carole, and her family, received from the doctors and staff of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency’s Allan Blair Clinic in Regina, the nurses of the Palliative Care Unit 3A at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina, and her family doctor, Dr. Joshua Mugerwa. All truly outstanding practitioners and very much appreciated.
In lieu of flowers at this time, donations in remembrance of Carole’s life can be made to the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan (the fundraising arm of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency) or the Hospitals of Regina Foundation (with donations specified for the Palliative Care Unit 3A at the Pasqua Hospital).
A life well lived. Requiescat in Pace, my love.