Judith Barbara Carnell

Judith Barbara Carnell

died peacefully on the morning

of April 12th, 2008. She

was surrounded by her family

and many friends during

her courageous battle with

Cancer.

Judy was born May 27, 1940

in Quesnel, B.C. She spent her

early years in Fort St. James

helping out in the family

restaurant, and went to high

school in Vanderhoof. In 1958,

Judy joined the Royal Canadian

Air Force and obtained her

Nursing degree. After graduation

at the top of her class, she

worked at the Air Force Base

in Gimli, Manitoba. In 1963,

Judy started her family after

moving back west. She raised

her children, and worked in

health care as a knowledgeable

and compassionate nurse, and

later became Administrator at

the Omineca Clinic.

In her late 40’s she left the

security of her job, friends

and home to face the challenge

of university education

in the helping profession.

She achieved her Psychology

degree with Honours and

returned to the community

she loved. After working for

awhile as a home/school

liaison for Saik’uz First Nation.

Judy became Counsellor/Administrator

at Vanderhoof Alcohol

& Drug Services, where

she worked until she retired in

October 2005. Over the years

she volunteered her time for

the Museum, Community Theatre,

Arts Council, Thrift shop,

Meals on Wheels, Drug & Alcohol

Task Force and Women’s

Wellness Clinics. She was

President of the Omineca Safe

Homes Society from its inauguration

and for mamy years

afterward, and knitted toques

for the Steven Lewis Foundation.

She was always available

to give a helping hand or a

word of encouragement. She

will be remembered as a person

who thought of others before

herself; she was devoted to her

friends and family.

Judy is survived by her daughter

Heidi (Brent), her son David

(Theresa) and her grandchildren

Ryan, Jamey, Spencer, Taylor

and Lexi; her mother Lillian

Carnell; her sister Jan Green-

fi eld (Russ) and niece Jenifer,

nephew Jay (Karen) and their

children Brendan and Kenna;

her brother Jim Carnell; and

best friend Connie Edgson.

This fun-loving, focussed and

hardworking light in our community

will be greatly missed.

Donations in Judy’s memory

can be made to the Omineca

Safe Homes Second Stage

Housing Project. Call 567-9959

for details.


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