Carolle Anderson passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 14, 2022 filled with 79 years of inspiration, determination, creativity, and love. She was a wife, mother, sister, aunt, nana, friend and mentor to many. Born in Saskatoon, she was raised with her sister by her devoted mother. As a young woman, she was strong academically and she pursued many athletics including baseball, golf, and badminton.
Carolle graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan. There she met her husband, Maurice. The early years of their married life began in Edmonton. They eventually settled in Calgary where they started a family. As a mom, she taught her children independence, perseverance, tenacity and the importance of continual learning. As a grandmother, she tailored activities to the interests of each of her grandchildren. Whether it was trains, crafting or reading a story, grandma delivered.
Carolle loved to help others. She was an educator and a leader. Her career started in the Public-School system where she taught deaf and hard of hearing children. Volunteering towards a good cause was integral in her life. She was a member of various Boards, often acting as Chair, Director or President. She made a difference for dozens of organizations including: the Calgary French School, the Junior League of Calgary, Canadian Parents for French, The Glencoe Club, The Glencoe Golf and Country Club and the Women in Need Society. Prior to retiring, she worked as the Regional Director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada for Alberta and NWT.
As the years turned, her hobbies grew stronger. Carolle could always be found with a camera in hand. Her passion for photography led to the search for the perfect snapshot of a bird in flight. She was just as comfortable in an art gallery as she was in a hardware store or gardening center; always in pursuit of a good bargain. Never idle, she drove a tractor, chipped wood and tiled mosaics. If there was a project, she was willing to take it on.
Carolle is survived by her sister Lynda Gail; her three children: Keira (Ivan), Dean (Erin), Ryan (Brenna) and her 7 treasured grandchildren: Madison, Erik, Bailey, Rosalie, Paisley, Rylea and Piper. She also leaves behind her many nieces and nephews and sisters and brothers-in-law.
Carolle was predeceased by her mother, Gwenyth, and her husband, Maurice.