Marie Carrier was born May 5, 1920 in the French Canadian village Zenon Park to parents Isaiah and Clara Chabot.
Marie was the fifth of nine children. The family lived on a farm where the children worked hard milking cows before going to school.
Life on the farm was hard, but there was always lots of food.
Marie and her late husband grew up in the same town, and were married Nov. 6, 1939 in Zenon Park, Sask. Marie did all her schooling in Saskatchewan.
They arrived in the Cariboo in 1953 with their children Jules, Denis, Paulette and Lauriere, and at the time spoke French, but soon learned to speak English. At first the family lived at Enterprise Road, 37 kilometres south of Williams Lake because there was work there for her husband, Alphonse. They then moved to 47 Mile and lived in a shack until Alphonse built a nice little house. They did not own a car, and had to rely on friends to take them to buy groceries and to go to church. That was until they made enough money to buy a car. Their first new car was a Pontiac. Marie remembered it well. They bought it in Williams Lake and at the time there was hardly anything in town.
It was marvellous to watch the town grow over the years.
On Sundays after church the family would go for a drive to watch small planes land near First Avenue where there was a small airstrip. Eventually they moved to Gibbon Street so they would be closer to Alphonse’s place of work and to the Catholic church where Marie helped out with a lot of things to raise money for the hall.
Marie taught Sunday school in her younger years and was a Catholic Women’s League member for 60 years.
She was loved by all who knew her. She always had a beautiful smile and helped everyone around her.
Eventually they moved to Green Acres Trailer Park and Alphonse worked as a custodian at Marie Sharpe Elementary School, where he stayed for 21 years.
Marie was a seamstress sewing many graduation and wedding dresses, along with hemming and knitting a lot for the Catholic bazaars. She was a devoted Catholic, attending daily mass when she could. She lived it, always helping others in need. Marie attended all church functions. Sewing was her hobby. She loved it. She was driving her own car until her 93rd birthday. She never had a car accident but told us it was time to sell her car. She had been driving since 1956 when her husband bought the first car for her.
Marie lost her husband, Alphonse, in 2008. Afterwards, she moved to Glen Arbor where she had many wonderful friends. She enjoyed living at Glen Arbor — she was a little mother hen — around there, helping others as our mother was wonderful at. She will be sadly missed by her children Denis (Karen) Carrier, Paulette (Frank) Hrynkewich and Laurier (Jewel) Carrier and daughter-in-law, Eileen Carrier. She was pre-deceased by her son Jules, who passed away in 2011.
She will also be missed by Marie’s brother Louie (Larra) Chabot, sister Madeline Roy (Ontario) and all her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren, plus her many nephews, nieces and many friends.
You are forever in our hearts, mom.