Caroline was born on the farm at Torquay, Saskatchewan on the 6th day of August, 1931. Born to Archie and Dorthy Joice, she was the second of four girls. Her older sister Etta (Ed) Wanner of Regina, SK passed away last year, while she is survived by younger sisters Margaret (Bernard) Peterson of Balgonie and June (Cash) Daknwich of Regina.
She quickly became her father’s helper as well as tractor and combine operator and whatever else needed doing.
At the age of 19 she travelled to Aldersgate Christina College, where she attended for three years. During her time there she frequented a number of camp meetings and taught young children. She later worked at Simpson Sears and Singer Sewing Machines.
In 1967 she married George Gray of Grandview, Manitoba. George is fond of telling how their wedding date had to be in 1967, as Caroline was set against marrying in 1968, it being a leap year. (There is an old saying that anyone wed in a leap year meant it was the woman who proposed. Caroline didn’t want anyone to get that idea.)
In 1975 George and Caroline moved to Balgonie, SK where they farmed in the cream business. It was here that Caroline first started working for Eaton’s and then later at Pioneer Village Care Home. During her 14 years working at the care home she made it known she hoped never to have to live in a care home. As far as we know, by the time Caroline did need a care home room, she was unable to realize where she was.
In 2007 George and Caroline moved back to Grandview, fast becoming cherished members of the community of Grandview and of the church family at Roblin Free Methodist Church.
Caroline passed away on the 19th day of August, 2011 at approximately 3:00 p.m.
Funeral service was held on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Free Methodist Church in Roblin with Pastor Heath Butler officiating. Rebecca Butler served as organist. Interment followed in the Grandview Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Robert Ferguson, Chester Cockerill, Ken Chase, Lyle Chase, Art Cockerill and Calvin Cockerill.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Caroline may be made to the Gideons or to Grandview Gateway Incorporated.