Pringle, Carol Elizabeth

November 8, 1938 – February 18, 2018
at the age of 79 years

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Carol Elizabeth Pringle on Sunday, February 18, 2018 in Salmon Arm, BC, at the age of 79 years.  
Mom was born on November 8, 1938 to Roderic and Kathleen Jones.  A lifelong resident of the Westwold Community, she spoke fondly of many childhood memories she shared with her siblings, cousins and friends, including her exceptional ice hockey and baseball skills, and spending endless summer days exploring the hills of Westwold.  A highlight of her youth was the Kamloops High School Band trip to Europe in 1954.  
As a farmer, Mom understood the definition of work, always without complaint.  If it needed to be done, she did it – from milking the cows, raising poultry and pigs, birthing lambs, harvesting alfalfa and grain, tending two separate gardens, hauling household water, to sewing her children’s clothing.  Her door was always open, the kettle was always ready to boil and there was an extra coffee cup and dinner plate in the cupboard for anyone who might be in need.  When she welcomed you to the family dinner table, you would have enjoyed homemade bread, butter, jam, garden vegetables and produce, farm raised beef, poultry and pork, canned fruit, pickles, ice cream and doughnuts.  
After many years of dedication to Pringle Creek Farm and her family, she treasured her retirement and Yuma winters.  Her yearly goal was to escape to her Yuma family before the first snowfall and bask in the Arizona sun until the hummingbird feeders hung in her window in the Spring.  Upon her return, stocked with Mexican vanilla, American cigarettes and the orange drink, Tampico, she would share tales of her quiet days and gambling adventures.  
By far the most important thing to Mom was her family.  She was proud of all her “kids” including her natural children, step-children, and those she took under her wing.  She adored her grandchildren and would have been thrilled that her first great grandchild, Margaret Anne Pringle, arrived on February 20, 2018.  
If you ever crossed her path, you would remember her piercing blue eyes, striking hair (blue-black in her youth and white later in life) and warm smile.  When she struck up a conversation with you, you would see her optimistic outlook and her remarkable ability to listen empathetically and without judgment.  
Mom, dementia may have taken your mind and cancer may have claimed your body, but your remarkable strength and true spirit will live on in those who were blessed to be loved by you.  
At Mom’s request, there will be no service.  In lieu, we ask that you remember her with an act of kindness, spend time with your family, play a game of cards, whistle while you work, complete that crossword puzzle and never, ever say no to dessert.

5 Comments

  1. I am shocked and greatly saddened. We were the best of friends throughout our youth.

    We skipped school together, bent a fender in the family Chev and then claimed innocence.

    I must say Carol was the instigator and me merely an enthusiastic follower.

    Special thoughts go to you, her siblings who were so much a part of our lives too; Bill, Bob, Barry and Nancy.

    I, too am a mourner.

  2. To the Pringle and Jones families

    Absolutely shocked to read Carol’s obituary in today’s Kamloops Daily News. Beautiful picture and lovely picture, so like her Mom. Whoever wrote it sounded so much like Carol, a pillar of the community; always upbeat. Never said a bad word about anyone.

    I have fond memories of playing ‘horse.’ with Carol, though she was my sister’s pal.

    My condolences to you all; sounds so inadequate. Thinking of each and every one of you, especially her siblings whom we knew so well

    Will let my out-of-town relatives know.

    Thelma Sharp (nee Wessel)

  3. A Great lady that will be greatly missed. She taught me how to curl and I love the game to this day. My thoughts are with all the family.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers to those who mourn the passing of Carol. We remember Carol as a great neighbour who was kind to a young, naive principal from the city who came to Westwold in 1981 for five years. She provided a welcome, coffee, and two lovely girls as students and babysitters.

    Ron Hatch

  5. I am so saddened to hear of Carol’s passing. She was a wonderful cousin and a great friend. As I sit here writing so many memories are flashing by – far too many to mention here. Carol was such a huge part of my youth. Although my trips to Westwold were not frequent I could always count on Carol to welcome me with open arms. She would ply me with coffee, food and gossip. I can’t imagine Westwold without her. To all of Carol’s children and grandchildren, my thoughts and prayers are with you. To Bill, Bob, Barry and Nan, what can I say but I’m so sorry. It is hard to lose our siblings! Love to all of you.

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