Carol Ann Abernethy

25 December , 19503 December , 2018

Carol Ann Abernethy, age 67 years, died December 3, 2018 at Holmberg House Hospice, Abbotsford B.C. Born in Alberta, Carol was re-settled as a child to Chilliwack B.C., where parents Art and Kay Harms raised their five children.

After completion of high school in Chilliwack, Carol completed a Registered Nurse Program at Vancouver General Hospital. In later years, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of the Fraser Valley. Carol retired as a Community Mental Health Nurse in Chilliwack B.C. in early 2011, after 36 years of service in Nursing.

Carol married Brent Abernethy in 1974. The couple had remained residents of Chilliwack, and raised two sons Joe and Graeme Abernethy.

Pre-deceased by parents Art and Kay Harms, Carol is survived by spouse Brent Abernethy, sons Joe Abernethy and Graeme (Gina) Abernethy, grandson Emile Abernethy, siblings Joan (Colin) O’Connor, Gord (Sharon Treanor) Harms, Wendy (John) Nurcombe, Greg (Alice Kloosterboer) Harms, brothers-in-law Paul Abernethy and Scott Gowen.

Special thanks is extended to Dr. John Chow (Chilliwack), Dr. Anagha Gurjal (B.C. Cancer Agency), Staff at Holmberg House (Hospice) in Abbotsford B.C.

In lieu of flowers, a donation, if intended, to a Hospice Care Program in a location of one’s choice would be preferred.


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, 29 December , 2018

Carol Ann Abernethy

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Joanne Hartung (Cresswell)

15 January 2019

Dear Brent & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Carol was such an example of courage and grace.
God Bless, Joanne Hartung (Cresswell)

Rene Dows

4 January 2019

Dear Brent and boys,
I was very saddened to hear of Carol,a passing I met her at work and was drawn to her intelligence and her energy Her work was definitely her passion I think she approached all the other aspects of her life the same way including her battle with cancer. I admired your marriage and love for one another
The world is not the same without Carol

Deane & Muriel Crutch

2 January 2019


Its been decades since you and Carol were acquaintances of ours. Muriel and I remember that you were such a strong couple with a love for the better things in our culture. No wasting of your time with the latest fads. Carol's ongoing example of strength and contribution are treasures to keep us strong in her absence.

We had no idea that Carol had such poor health over the past several years. It was a jolt when we read that she had passed. Muriel is a long-time volunteer at Chilliwack Hospice Society so we are very pleased to hear that Carol was able to find some peace through the Abbotsford Hospice Society.

When we walk the trails along the Vedder River we'll remember those times when he met Carol with you, hand in hand, soaking up the best of our outdoors. It's a good image for us to remember her.

We wish happiness for you and your family.

Deane & Muriel Crutch

Adina Muresan

15 December 2018

Brent and Family:

Please accept my most sincere and deepest condolences. You two have always been such an inspiration of a loving couple. Carol and I talked many times about this. I recall when you had your grandson how happy she was to be a grandmother and I also remember when she decided to wear her hair white for the first time. I remember her sense of humor and also the wealth of knowledge she had; how much she taught me about the community. I loved working with Carol and respected her amazing work ethic, heart for the clients and her spirit for fairness and justice. We shared many values and interests. I recall her love for travel and whenever I hear about Tofino, I always think of Carol and your trips in September to Tofino. May your memories bring you comfort in the days and years to come.
You are in my thoughts,
Adina Muresan

Rob Dykstra

9 December 2018

Brent, so sorry to hear about Carol’s passing. It’s been many years since I last saw her, but I always appreciated her wit, her forthright manner, her impish smile. My condolences to you and your family.

Rob Dykstra

Christina Rodrigues

8 December 2018

Brent and Family:
My deepest condolences. I loved working with Carol. She made me laugh. She was intelligent, socially aware, and she was deeply committed to providing the best care possible for people living with mental illness. I enjoyed talking to her about her many interests, especially travel. Her love for you was obvious. I can imagine your sense of loss is overwhelming.
Thinking about you,
Christina Rodrigues