It is with heavy hearts and disbelief that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Carol Elaine Huss of Hillcrest Mines, Alberta, who succumbed to her illness on December 15, 2020 while receiving care at the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre.
Now we have the difficult task of trying to sum up the life and personality of a complex woman who didn’t really fit into any mold. Personality-wise, she could be prickly, but she was also so much more than that, and we loved her.
Carol was born on June 19, 1948 in Hillcrest, Alberta to proud parents, Olga and Guido Petrone. She had the good fortune of growing up in this beautiful area, enjoying the peace and quiet of the nature surrounding her. Growing into a beautiful young woman, she charmed a young man, married, and started what she called a “million-dollar family.” After nine years, they went their separate ways, and so when her children were still young, she started working as a telephone operator for AGT, which she enjoyed.
She was an interesting person with a unique way of looking at the world. There is a home video of her as a child, where she runs up behind a horse, plants her hands on its hindquarters, and vaults herself up onto its back. That daredevil behavior was quickly stifled by her worried parents, but she retained that fearless spirit. Strong-willed, fun-loving, and active, Carol loved to travel, and would take her children on many summer adventures.
She was a private person who mostly kept to herself. As George Carlin said, “Inside every cynical person is a disappointed idealist.” Deeply sensitive, with high standards, she related to animals better than people. She was in tune with the natural world. She had a genuine affinity for animals, considering them sacred, and a deep love for her children. A spiritual person, her faith was strong, and she would teach her children many valuable lessons in strength, determination, perseverance and finding the humour in all situations. She will be fondly remembered and forever loved.
She is survived by her children, Travis Huss and Tanya (Geordie) McLauchlan; one brother, Alan (Cathy) Petrone; her extended family, and a few lifelong friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Guido and Olga Petrone; her brother and sister-in-law, David and Isabel Petrone; her former husband, Conrad Huss; and the menagerie of pets she loved throughout her lifetime.
Carol’s family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff at the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre, for being so attentive and dedicated to caring for our mother.
At her request, no funeral services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations in her memory to your local SPCA or animal shelter. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel assisting the family. (403) 562-8555
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