June 21, 1928-June 27, 2017
The eldest of Earle & Verna (Ruddock) Hooker’s three children, Carole was born June 21, 1928 in Ormstown, Quebec. Her siblings – sister, Cathy Bell (Alec) and brother Milton Hooker (Judy) and all their families survive her. She is also ?survived by husband Harold, son Barry (Edmonda), daughter Janice (Russell) and granddaughter Danielle.
Carole left farm life to model in Montreal before enrolling at McGill’s Macdonald College to become a teacher. In elementary school, she met her only love, Harold. During their last year in high school, they performed together in Little Women as the lead characters who married in the play.
Carole and Harold married on August 2, 1952 and settled in the small town of Harvey Station, close to Fredericton, NB. With Harold and their children Barry and Janice, they enjoyed many happy summers at the camp on Harvey Lake and later Oromocto Lake, curling and dancing at the rink, cross-country skiing, collecting beautiful autumn leaves and memories with dear friends. Carole taught grades 3-7 French and Harold was a farm machinery dealer for many years prior to a successful career in real estate.
In their mid-sixties, Harold & Carole moved to Vancouver Island where they continued curling (and dancing), took up lawn bowling and enjoyed many musical and cultural events in the Comox Valley. Their strong faith and participation in Presbyterian Church congregations in New Brunswick and Quebec continued when they moved to Vancouver Island and became founding members of Comox Valley Presbyterian Church.
They were only blessed with one grandchild – Danielle. They loved her dearly and were so proud of her accomplishments.
Dachshunds Ruby and Ozzie were an important part of Harold and Carole’s daily routine – they treasured those little dogs!
Three days after a wonderful day at Comox Valley Senior’s Village – celebrating Harold’s 90th birthday, Carole’s 89th birthday and their imminent 65th anniversary with friends and family – Carole gently and quickly slipped away. Never one to make a fuss, she died as she lived – with grace.
Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society Canada are sincerely appreciated.