KRAFT; Carla Ann. B. Nursing, RN. September 2, 1948 – December 3, 2013

It is with great sadness we announce that Carla Ann Kraft passed away on December 3, 2013 in White Rock BC after a short struggle with cancer. Carla was born in Regina, SK on Sept 2, 1948. Carla completed her RN diploma at the Calgary General Hospital in 1969 followed by a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Calgary.

She married, the love of her life, Dennis Kraft in Banff on August 1, 1970. In 1975 Carla and Dennis settled in White Rock BC and commenced a lifelong adventure of travelling the world as Dennis was active in the aviation industry. Carla is survived by Dennis, her loving husband of 43 years, and daughters Paige (Paul Pulver) and Jennifer (John Gibb-Carsley) of Vancouver, BC. Carla loved her family and focused on spending quality time with her grandchildren – Eli (10), Noa (8) and Parker (2). They took great delight in their grandma’s sense of humor and affection. Carla was predeceased by her parents Fred and Rosalie Wilson of Regina and her brother Jack Wilson of Calgary. She is survived by her sister Donna (Dale Sharples) of Edmonton and sister-in-law, Judy Wilson of Calgary.

Carla had a rich and active career in public health administration with the Fraser Health Authority until her retirement in 2012. She and Dennis spent most of 2013 travelling to Antarctica, Argentina, Italy, and Greece until Carla was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer in late September 2013. Carla was a trusted and respected mentor to her colleagues. She was a champion of young people and women in nursing with a talent and enthusiasm for connecting people. Carla was a great listener with a generous spirit. She made the world a better place.

A celebration of Carla’s life will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2pm at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 12953 20th Avenue, Surrey BC. “Do not fear death but rather the life unlived. You do not have to live forever. You just have to have lived.”

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