Grace Carpenter

March 11, 1948 - April 3, 2022
April 5, 2022 10 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with profound sadness that our family announces the death of our mom, sister, nana/grandma, and aunt, Grace Carpenter. Surrounded by her family she passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Center on the morning of April 3rd, 2022, at the young age of 74.

Grace was predeceased by her husband John William Carpenter, her parents Margaret and Stepfather Hughie MacKenzie, Father James (Jim) Kennedy, Bill Kennedy (Brother), Daniel Kennedy (Brother), James Kennedy (Brother), John Kennedy (Brother), Helen and Sam McMahon (Sister and Brother In-law), Margaret and Robert Brown (Sister and Brother In-law), Dorothy Burgess (Mother In-law), John William Carpenter Sr. (Father In-law), and Thomas Carpenter (Brother In-law).

She leaves behind both of her sons, John Carpenter (Landon Froehlich, Spouse), and Wayne Carpenter (Joanna Matuska, special friend). Her grandchildren, Ethan Carpenter, Emilee and Isabelle Froehlich, Landon and Ryden Matuska. Her sister in-law Ann Kennedy, her sister Prudie Bryans and brother Thomas Kennedy (and Sheila), her sister In-law Debbie Breeze (and Rick), brother In-Law Frank Carpenter (and Christine), and brother In-law Leonard Carpenter, as well as many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Yes, she has a big family, and was loved and adored by all.

Grace came to Montreal QC, Canada in the early 1960's from Glasgow Scotland where she met her husband, John. In 1974 they decided to follow some family west and made the big trek out to Alberta, settling in Calgary. After the passing of her husband in 2009 Grace remained in Calgary until she moved to Red Deer at the end of 2016 to be closer to family. Grace treasured any time she had with her grandchildren, especially holiday visits with her grandson Ethan. She loved them all so much, they were truly her life! She was very proud of her family, especially her sons John and Wayne.

She had a passion for life, and always saw the good in people. Her smile could brighten anyone’s day. She made everyone laugh with her witty sense of humour and her Scottish slang, saying things like "haud yer wheesht!" or "Yer bum's oot the windae!"and her most popular one was “ochk away ye go and dry a waash!", She also had a love for music, you could always her singing to her favourite songs anytime she heard them. She also loved to dance. Watch out if ABBA was playing, she would be singing and dancing around the room. When it came to her love of all things sweet, nothing beat a good cup of tea and a biscuit or a Sprite with an Orange Kit Kat, and God forbid you should interrupt her while she was watching Young and the Restless, Coronation Street, or Cops!! Always a lady, the word "fish" was her substitution for an expletive when she wanted to express herself.

To respect Grace's wishes there will be no funeral service. Instead, we will be having a Celebration of Life where Grace will be interned beside her husband John at Mountain View Cemetery in June. We will provide further details to everyone sometime in May. All that knew her and loved here are welcome to join us.

Grace had a special place in heart for animals, she loved them all, so the family is asking that in lieu of flowers donations be made to your local animal shelter in her name.

  1. Aunty Grace im sorry we never met. My parents Margaret and Robert Brown named me after you. The story goes that everyone was having babies yet none were named after you which upset you just a little. Tradition was first born son and first born daughter were to be named after their parents respectively. My parents decided to go against tradition and promised you that their first born daughter will be named after you. Unfortunately you had to wait for 3 older brothers to be born first ha ha. But here I am today proudly honouring your name. Like you and my mum I am always singing loud and proud with every note out of tune which is good for a laugh. Especially when it comes to Abba. Condolences to my cousins and family in Canada. Rest in peace Aunty Grace another angel taken so young. You are back with your loved ones and i know there is a belter of scottish party happening in the heavens above as we speak. Please give my mum a big hug and tell her I miss her and thankyou for watching over me. My mum always said Night hen as we were off to bed. Sleep well Aunty Grace. Night hen. Love Grace from Western Australia xxxxx

  2. Beautiful words of our much loved sister Grace, its so hard to believe, however we know your with the love of your life John and enjoying a wee cup of tea with our family. Lots of love xx Till we meet again xx
    Prudence and Thomas

  3. Condolences to all of Auntie Graces family. A beautiful life cut short.

  4. Our deepest sympathies Aunt Grace is going to be missed by All
    Even here in Australia we can feel the pain and hole in our lives that she has left behind.
    All our memories will fill our hearts like her love did
    We are going to miss you but will always love you

  5. My deepest condolences to you John and to your entire family.

    With love,

    The Miller-Joseph Family

  6. Lots of love sent to the carpenter family. Extra love sent for all the grandkids as well especially Ethan. You all are strong and can get through this together. Nana loved you all so much never forget that. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of nana’s life, she holds a big place in my heart.

  7. John I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending you and your family our deepest condolences. Grace was an amazing woman and I will always remember her kindness and how much she loved you. My favourite memory was the red limo ride that was full of such love and wonderful surprises. Cherish your wonderful memories, May they bring you some peace and comfort. Love Ivana & Scott

  8. My condolences to the family. 💖

  9. Rest ever so gently in peace Grace. I have so many memories of when we were both young and had so much fun. I will cherish them always. Our deepest condolences John, Wayne and families.

    I won’t say goodbye, as I know you and I will meet again. xo

  10. Condolences to our family in Canada on the loss of Aunty Grace. It’s a shame we never got to meet Mums sister being that you are in Canada and we are in Australia. Aunty Grace sounds like a very kind selfless happy lady much like her sister our mum Margaret. Another bright star in the sky, an angel watching over her family. Take strength from the wonderful memories of a wonderful lady. Rest in Peace now Aunty Grace. To my cousins take care of each other in your time of grief. Xx💐

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