Carol Frances Would
- Born: 30 Jul 1946, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
- Marriage: William Burn Thompson on 17 Jun 1967 in Kelowna, B.C., Canada
Carol was three years old when her family moved from Burnaby B.C. to Rutland. She attended elementary, junior, and senior high school there. Carol reached the grade six level of Royal Conservatory of Music in piano before quitting to join the high school band at age 12 to play the bass violin. Her first paying job was picking beans at age 13, although she also had responsibilities at home while both her parents ran the family business. Carol was a Sunday School teacher at St. Aidan's Anglican Church, and stepped in at the organ for regular service on occasion as needed. She also worked at her parents' store.
In the year of her 17th birthday, Carol was chosen " Miss MacIntosh" in Rutland, and went on to become " Lady of the Lake" in Kelowna. A year later, upon high school graduation, Carol was hired by the Bank of Nova Scotia in Rutland. The following year, while enjoying Christmas Eve with her family at her grandparent's home in Kelowna, Carol met Bill Thompson, the son of her uncle's fiancee. In 1966 she was transferred the Bank of Nova Scotia, Kerrisdale Branch (41st Ave. & East Boulevard) in Vancouver. She shared an apartment with a high school friend in the Marpole area. Carol and Bill were engaged in April of 1967 while Bill completed his degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. They were married that June at St.Michael and All Angels Anglican Church in Kelowna, before moving to Calgary, Alberta, where Bill had acquired a job. Carol returned to her career with the Bank of Nova Scotia for the next four years before retiring in 1971 to become a full time homemaker, to look after a poodle, and to start a family. Daughter, Jodie, arrived in 1973. Carol joined Beta Sigma Phi, and a group of eight young women who eventually played bridge together for 30 years. Bill's job took them to Houston, Texas, in the spring 1975, but Carol was delighted when they returned to live among friends and family in Calgary in the fall of 1976. She volunteered at Jodie's elementary school, and then at various Calgary and southern Alberta horse shows. This led to becoming an amateur announcer at Spruce Meadows for many years. Having moved back to Kelowna after Bill retired in 2001, Carol appreciates their lakeshore home, plays golf, likes to garden, and is still taking care of a poodle! She continues to do volunteer work and loves to travel with Bill.
Noted events in her life were:
• Education, 1952-1964, Rutland, B.C., Canada. Rutland Elementary School, Rutland Junior/Senior High School
• Occupation, 1964-1971, Rutland, Vancouver, Calgary. Bank of Nova Scotia -- Ledger Keeper, Teller, Assistant to the Accountant
Carol married William Burn Thompson, son of Gardner Burn Thompson and Vera Edna Embury, on 17 Jun 1967 in Kelowna, B.C., Canada. (William Burn Thompson was born on 13 Sep 1944 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.)