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Obituary for Carol Ann Young (Whaley)

YOUNG, Carol Ann (nee WHALEY)
July 19, 1950 - January 24, 2023

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carol Young of Madoc, ON, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at the age of 72. After a short but courageous battle with cancer, Carol entered into rest at her home, surrounded by her loving family, including her Golden Retriever, Rosie. Devoted wife of Ab Young, beloved mother of Amy (Robert) Knapp of Toledo, Sarah (Tim) Cook of Millbrook, and Catherine Young of Ottawa, cherished grandmother of Avery, Ainsley, Callaghan, Delaney, and Levi, and loving sister of William (Sharon) Whaley and Carl (Barbara) Whaley. Predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Beatrice Whaley. Carol will be lovingly remembered by her nephews, niece, cousins, and friends.

Carol and Ab entered into marriage 51 years ago with the same goals as many other couples have - to own a home, one day raise a family, and to work hard for the things that mattered most to them. With their shared determination and hard work, they had tremendous pride in their accomplishments and the family they raised together. Carol truly was a dedicated and supportive wife and the heart of her family. She was the best wife and mother anyone could ever have.

Carol’s care, concern, and compassion for the well-being of others was felt far and wide by those who knew her. She always put the needs of loved ones before her own. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Carol was an incredible cook and baker. She often sent family and friends home with a care package of leftovers, baked goods, or snacks for the drive home. Carol enjoyed the simplest things in life, rarely having the inclination to travel as Bass Lake and the woods surrounding the family home provided her with immense joy and peace. Carol was often a source of entertainment for family and friends with her wonderful sense of humour, making herself and others laugh so hard it hurt.

Carol was a wonderful role model to her three daughters. She taught them the importance of family, kindness, loyalty, and supporting others, as well as the value of hard work and perseverance. As a mother, Carol set the bar at its highest. She instilled values in all three of her daughters to raise that bar even higher. She demonstrated many times, and in countless ways, how her daughters were the most important part of her life. Following her earlier career in nursing, Carol chose to be a school bus driver, which allowed her flexibility in her schedule to be home with her children, balancing the work that she loved with her home life. She skillfully navigated city streets and country roads in all weather conditions for Al Parkhurst Transportation, and proudly retired in 2010 after 20 years of dedicated service.

Carol was a proud and treasured grandmother who embraced each and every opportunity to spend time with her grandchildren. She often shared her love of Presqu’ile Provincial Park, taking the children on nature walks through the trails, and visiting her favourite lighthouse. Carol also enjoyed building bonfires at the cottage for her grandchildren, where she showed them how to roast the perfect marshmallow. Her most cherished moments included rocking her grandchildren on the porch under a cozy blanket while listening to the calls of the loons and the hoot of a nearby owl. In the words of her grandchildren, Grandma had the biggest heart and gave the best cuddles and hugs.

Carol had a true love of animals and nature from the time she was a young child. She was not only a mother to her daughters, but also through the years to her beloved dogs - Cindy, Tootsie, Chance, Cole, Maddy, Tanner, Maisie, and Rosie. Carol enjoyed watching birds at her feeders and delighting in the beauty of butterflies and dragonflies.

Carol amazed all of those who knew her with her skills in carpentry, furniture refinishing, home renovation, sewing, cooking, and baking, to name just a few. There was rarely a project that she would hesitate to tackle. The end product was always detailed and flawless. One of her biggest accomplishments was building a family cottage with Ab and her daughters. The cottage brought Carol tremendous joy, giving her a place to enjoy her love of fishing, boating, and rocking in her swing overlooking the lake with her dogs at her feet or on her lap. She proudly shared her “happy place” with friends and family where many memorable gatherings took place.

Carol’s strength and determination were recognized as inherent traits throughout her life. She never backed down or was deterred by a challenge. Even after receiving her Stage 4 diagnosis in December 2022, she exemplified her fierce strength and determination by replying, “I’m not going down without a fight - I’ve got a lot more life left to live”. Carol navigated her cancer journey with courage and grace. She accepted her diagnosis but it did not shake her resolve.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Summer 2023. It was Carol’s wish that donations be made to the Humane Society of Hastings Prince Edward, the Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton or a charity of choice.