Verona Lorraine Boys Carr
March 12, 1926 – January 27, 2014
Verona was born in Swansea, Wales, on March 12, 1926. Her mother died when Verona was five so she was raised by her large extended family, headed up and loved ferociously by her Nanny Jones. Veronica enlisted in the British Army at age 16 working initially as a “predictor” on anti-aircraft artillery and later as a driver (along with the former Princess, now Queen Elizabeth II). While driving the officers around in her “3-ton lorry,” she met, and married in 1944, her life-long love, Canadian Army Officer, Douglas Raymond Hunter Carr.
Verona arrived in Ontario, as Doug’s wife and a war bride, accompanied by their first-born, Barry James, in 1946. She flourished in her role as an Army officer’s wife socializing and making friends as they moved from one posting to the next. Two daughters followed; Deborah Sue Carr-Campbell, and Katharine Anne Phillips. Rona’s happy energetic life was full with entertaining, the church and a vibrant career with Hobart demonstrating and selling KitchenAid dishwashers.
After retirement, Verona and Doug enjoyed their lives as snowbirds in Florida where Ron learned and later taught line dancing which became a life long passion.
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren came along and Nan, or “Nanners” as she was affectionately known, loved them all passionately.
Doug and Veronica eventually settled on Vancouver Island, living in both Qualicum Beach and Parksville. Verona continued to be active with line dancing, church, the local War Brides group and, of course, her beloved family. In most recent years, Verona continued to be active in her last home, Arrowsmith Lodge, in Parksville.
Verona died, unexpectedly but peacefully on January 27, 2014. She was predeceased by Doug in 2002 and Deborah Sue on January 9, 2014. Missing her dreadfully are Barry & Sue (Parksville) and Katharine (Port Coquitlam), along with her adoring grandchildren; Tom (Vancouver) , Christopher & Tiffany (Strathmore, AB); David & Bree, (Dundurn, SK); Jeremy & Melissa (Maple Ridge, BC), Stacey & Brent (Calgary), Rob (Whistler), Jessica & Kurt (New Westminster), Burkley (Langley), and Kade (Port Coquitlam); along with great-grandchildren, Mitchell (London, ON), Jaxon (Strathmore,AB), Austin & Liam (Dundurn, SK,) Makenna (Maple Ridge), River Ann Verona (New Westminster) and long-time “son,” David Campbell (Burlington, ON).
Thanks to all of Verona’s many friends for their support and love with a very large thank
you to everyone at Arrowsmith Lodge who helped make it her happy home.
Memorial Service: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm at
St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Qualicum Beach.
Cymru Am Byth
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