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November 29, 1939 — July 29, 2023

Beloved wife, mother, nana, sister and friend, Carol Louise Sprague (née York) passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 29, 2023, after a lengthy battle with health challenges.  Loving wife to John for over 61 years; mother to Bruce (Janet)  and Donna (Wayne Morris); and loving Nana to Brendan (Sprague), Kyle (Morris) and Brady (Sprague); Carol was also a supportive sister to her younger sister, Beverly York, and her brother Bob York.  She was very proud of her children and grandsons.  Carol joins her infant granddaughter, Caitlin Carol Hope Morris, and will watch over her family lovingly from above.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Carol was an early role model of integrating work and family life – a graduate of the Civic Hospital of Ottawa nursing school, she went on to nurse at the Civic and then at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.  A lifelong learner, she pursued education to become a Manager of Occupational Health & Safety with the City of Ottawa, and then  she returned  to lead the function at the Children’s Hospital.  Upon retirement, she enjoyed travels with John; golf; creative pursuits, including painting and quilting; dining out and time; with family and friends.  When both her children moved west, Carol made the decision that she and John would make the change, first settling in Langley, BC and, in 2021, relocating to Kelowna, BC.

Thank you to all who supported Carol over the health challenges that persisted.  We will be privately celebrating her life ahead.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her honour to the Kelowna General Hospital, which provided incredible outpatient care over the last two years, are appreciated, KGH Foundation.

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  • Dave Welch & Jennifer Campbell says:

    We are deeply sorry for your loss. Carol was such a beautiful, wonderful woman. We have always loved spending time with Carol & John and cherish the many happy memories we all enjoyed together ❤️.
    With love & hugs, Dave & Jenn xo

  • Steve Snyder says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Aunt Carol’s passing. She will be missed by all. May she rest in peace. Steve Snyder, Laura Snyder, Matthew Snyder and Jennifer Snyder

  • Doug McMillon says:

    I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Carol but I know her daughter. Anyone who raised Donna must’ve been spectacular. Job well done, Carol and John! God bless you all.

  • Sue Williams says:

    Dear John, Bev, Bob and your respective families. I am so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing and that she was in poor health in recent years. May she rest in pease and comfort. Love, Sue

  • Deanna Biggs says:

    Carol has been my very special friend since meeting as nursing students at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1957. For those 66 years, although never living close by, we’ve managed to follow and kept in touch with each other’s lives. Carol and John’s most recent move to Kelowna was wonderful – only half an hour from Peachland! Our frequent ‘phone chats, an almost daily ritual, are already missed!

    I greatly admire the courage and never-give-up attitude she stubbornly exhibited during the severe health challenges she faced over the last couple of years. During our last chat she was very up-beat and planning improvements to her beloved paintings – gotta love her!. And, of course, she was happiest shopping for (and frequently returning) hidden gems!

    Carol will be sorely missed by her loving family and many friends – I’ll miss her deeply and forever.
    Deanna Biggs

  • Bob and Denise Cousineau says:

    So very sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I will always remember the warm friendship John and Carol had with my parents when living in South Keys and the sisterhood of nurses which Carol and mom shared. May all the good memories comfort and strengthen you.. Rest In Peace, Carol

  • Al and Brenda Clark says:

    Our sincerest condolences to the entire Spague family on the passing of Carol. We both knew Carol from her time at the City of Ottawa where she excelled at her job. Always so pleasant and positive, offering to assist others in any way she could. We are certain that she will be missed by her family and friends.. Al & Brenda Clark

  • David Brooks says:

    Dear John, Beverly, Bob, and family – please accept our sincere sympathies on the sudden passing of your dear wife, sister, grandmother. Wile we have not been in touch with all of you for some time, we do have fond memories of Carol from years ago. Thinking of all of you and your family at this very sad time. Sincerely, David and Roberta Brooks

  • Donna Caldwell says:

    Dear John, Bev and Bob and families. I am so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. She was a beautiful person and I always admired her. She will be missed. D.

  • Jay Porter says:

    Thinking of the whole family at this time. Let me know if you need anytime ! So sorry for your loss

  • Nancy McFarlane Hrischenko says:

    Dear John, Bev and Robert and families, we were so sorry to hear of Carol’s death. It was a shock as I did not know that Carol had been challenged by poor health. We grew up together on Broadway Avenue and spent every day in each other’s homes or in the park. There are many wonderful memories of weekends at Grand Lake, roaring around the lake in the boat that Carol’s dad had built. We were together at Glebe and then went our separate ways, Carol to a wonderful career in nursing. Although we had met only a few times since our high school years, we always took up where we had last left off. Carol was one of the loveliest women I had had the pleasure of knowing. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. Harry and I send our deepest sympathy and know that your memories see you through this difficult time.

  • Donna Hall. ( Caves ) says:

    Dear John. I was very saddened to hear of Carol’s passing. I was thinking fondly about our younger years & all the great times we had. My sympathy to Bruce & Donna. as well.
    Sincerely. Donna

  • Joan Shouldice says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Carol’ s passing, She was a lovely person. I was only 18 when I met her and John and thought “what a lovely lady”. Soft spoken and such a calm spirit. I liked her right away and she was so nice to me knowing I was probably a bit nervous when invited to dinner. This is something one never forgets. Sending love to John, Bob and Bev, an her beautiful family.’

  • Ann says:

    Donna and Bruce. Deepest sympathies on loss of your mom. So many great memories of her life on Viking dr. I remember clearly the friendships our parents had and all bridge bunch and New Year’s Eve parties filled with laughter and stories. Just one of many pictures showing your mom beautiful laugh and smile

  • Kathleen (Pullen) Edith Danbert says:

    Dear John, Bruce Donna and the Grandchildren ,
    Carol was one of my oldest and dearest friends, We were in Kindergarten together, CGIT camp, Glebe Collegiate and Nursing School where I introduced her to John at a dance. I remember happy times at the York’s cottage, a trip to Florida, dinners out in Vancouver and a cruise to Alaska. I was sad when they moved to Kelowna but we talked every week – usually on Mondays. As badly as she was feeling she always wanted to know how we were doing.. I learned of her death a day before my sister in law passed in Ottawa. Two wonder souls who suffered too much, Even today I caught myself with a question and thought I’ll call Carol – she’ll know the answer. Rest in peace my sweet friend.

  • Donna Mossman says:

    To all the family I’m sending my sincere condolences for your precious loss of Carol. We met at CHEO and she was a role model and mentor for me of how a nurse should perform. Also full of laughs and fun as well as so many great ideas of Howe to improve working conditions. Always a loving wife and mother and a sweet friend. I had not known of any illness and I’m shocked and saddened by learning of carols death, as I know you must all be as well . God be with you. Donna

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