Obituary of Carol Ann Kraychy (nee MacDonald)
November 7, 1942 – Victoria, British Columbia
May 26, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta
Carol Ann Kraychy of Calgary, AB passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the age of 79 years.
Carol was born in Victoria, B.C., to parents, Robert L. and Isabel MacDonald. Carol’s father and all four of his brothers served in various branches of the Canadian military during the second World War. Carol came from a family of four girls: two sets of identical twins and a wonderful brother in the middle. She completed school in Edmonton, then married Paul N. Kraychy in 1963 and moved to Calgary where Paul was employed in the oil and gas industry.
Carol, daughter Pam, and Paul moved to Dallas, Texas, where son Cameron was born. In Dallas, Carol worked for Martin Marietta Corporation, assembling missiles during the Vietnam war. The family returned to Canada to settle in Calgary. Carol felt fortunate to have many opportunities to contribute to her community by serving on boards and volunteer organizations. Carol was a Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Calgary YWCA, Board Member and Chairman of Strathcona Tweedsmuir School, Public Board Member of the Council of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta for sixteen years, City of Calgary Alderman for two terms, and Board Member of the Calgary Airport Authority for seven years. Later, Carol was involved politically at municipal, provincial and federal levels as an advisor, organizer, and policy developer in a volunteer capacity.
Carol’s 35 years of community service and commitment to lifelong volunteerism was recognized with awards and merits including a Commemorative Medal for Canada’s 125th Anniversary in Recognition of Significant Contributions to Community, given by the Prime Minister and Governor General of Canada. She received the Certificate of Merit 2001 from the Council of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta for Meritorious Service, Celebration 1988 Certificate of Merit from the Government of Canada in Recognition of Contributions to Community given by the Prime Minister, and the MacDonald Cartier Award 1990 in Recognition of Service to Community and Canada.
Carol was energetic, outgoing, and known for her communication skills and sharp wit. Her quick humour and laughter always brightened others with a smile. Carol was an avid skier, tennis player, golfer, curler, home decorator and voracious reader. Carol was deeply loved by her family and many friends. She is survived by her best friend, mentor, supporter, and love of her life of 59 years, Paul; daughter Pam McDowell (Don), son Cameron (Kristi); grandsons, James and Parker; and granddaughters, Catherine and Rylie. Carol was predeceased by her twin sister Sharon, brother Bruce, and second set of twin sisters, Margaret and Marilyn.
Details of a service will follow at a later date. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.
The family extends their thanks to the staff at Amica Britannia for their kindness and care.
In living memory of Carol Kraychy, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.