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Mary Elizabeth Carne

Date of Death: April 26, 2019


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Elizabeth Carne. She was born in 1926 in Vernon. She spent her younger years in the sunny Okanagan, working on orchards with her family. She attended business school in Kelowna and started to work for Greyhound Bus Lines in Penticton. Looking for adventure, she moved to Nelson with Greyhound in 1955. She met the bus driver of her dreams, Max Carne, and married him in 1956.  They enjoyed a lifetime of friendships they made at Greyhound. They settled in six-mile, one of the first full-time residents of the area. Mary retired from Greyhound to raise her young daughters, Jean and Debbie.

Once they were in school, Mary went back to work at Kokanee Travel, then Eaton’s, and finished her working life as circulation manager at the Nelson Daily News. Max and Mary created a life that was defined by friends, family, travel and community involvement. Once they retired, they drove miles and miles in the RV with Mary knitting every mile.

Mary had many hobbies, interests and was curious about everything. She was a detailed historian keeping scrapbooks of local history and family events. She loved ceramics, gardening, collecting stamps and she took so many pictures that she was known as “Kodak Mary.” Notably, she was an early adopter of the reduce, reuse, recycle concept. She was active in the community, supporting Brownies, Job’s daughters, Duhamel Recreation Commission, S.O.S., the United Church, Good Sam, Kootenay Lake Yacht Club, and I.O.D.E.

Mary had a warm and hospitable spirit that endeared her to so many people from many walks of life and of all ages. We had to leave lots of time when we took Mary downtown because it took forever as she stopped to talk everyone. She had a big smile and kind words for everyone. She has left us with a legacy of the importance of family, expressing love well, hospitality and inclusion and the beautiful property at six-mile that is still enjoyed by family.

Predeceased by her loving husband Max in 2008; Mary is survived by her daughters Jean Carne and Debra Storey (David); granddaughters Melodie Rae Storey, Robbin Dickieson (Mark); great-grandchildren Liam and Phoebe Dickieson; her sister Nancy Rigby and numerous nephews and a niece. At Mary’s request, there will be no formal service held, but the family is planning a special memorial garden on the six-mile property. If you wish to make a donation in Mary’s name, please consider the I.O.D.E or the Shawn Lamb Archives.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lynda Iwanik
Relation: Family friend.

Condolences to Mary’s family. She was a wonderful woman, always smiling and very friendly. My parents were friends of Max and Mary in Nelson early days. I remember your Dad. Take care.

From: M Joey Gatchell
Relation: Friend

Jean, Deb, Melodie, Robbin and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She’s been a good friend over all the years I have known her (having worked with Max at the City Garage many years ago). Her beautiful smile and cheery disposition will be missed!! Keeping you all in my prayers.
Love Joey Gatchell

From: Christine McCandlish
Relation: Acquaintance

Condolences to the family. Mary was a lovely lady.

From: Wanda Chernoff Woikin
Relation: Six Mile

Farewell to a very sweet lady, whose fabulous disposition lives on in all her family! Our condolences…….

From: Wendy Lamond (née Zarikoff)
Relation: Co worker

So very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure for working with Mary at the Nelson Daily News back in the late 70’s and she was such a great mentor! She gave me my nickname “Winky” and hers was Mother Mary. I’m sure she will be missed by all who knew and loved her💕💕

From: Jim Helgren

Worked with Mary at the News for years. A wonderful lady who will be sadly missed.

From: Sandra Seminoff
Relation: Friend

I always enjoyed talking with Mary, so many stories to tell! She truly was an amazing person. We spent many a day in the very early days of sledding with a Max, he had some great stories too! Condolences to the family.

From: Heather Wilson
Relation: friend of family

Dear Jean and family. My sincerest condolences on the passing of your mom – I remember her well – from years ago in Nelson -and I remember your dad too. Also through their friendship with the McKinnon clan. May you find comfort in the memories of your mom – and your dad – and may you know that they touched many lives with their kindness! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Heather Wilson

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