Carlie-Jean Godfrey

May 14, 1936October 24, 2021

A gift from God, Carlie-Jean was born in Lacombe, Alberta on May 14, 1936. Her parents, Marguerite and John Martin were thrilled to name her after both her grandmothers; her older brothers John, Ronald, and Garth cherished her from the minute she was born. Carlie-Jean finished high school in Lacombe, then attended the University of Alberta where she earned a Bachelor of Commerce in 1957 (one of six women in her graduating class). At the U of A she met Eldon, the love of her life. They moved to Calgary and were married on June 21, 1958. Being married on the summer solstice set the stage; she was the sunshine of his life. CJ worked for Schlumberger before pausing her accounting career to have children. When Eldon opened his own accounting practice, Carlie-Jean returned to accounting as his partner. When not occupied with family or work, Carlie-Jean was an active volunteer in the community, the church, the sport world, and every endeavour in which her children were involved. She also supported Eldon’s role as an international sport leader. Carlie-Jean found the positives in every situation. She epitomized grace and dignity at all times, making everyone around her feel at ease and important. She was blessed with precious friends and was deeply loved by all who knew her. She loved travelling the world with her husband and she loved coming home with him to their family even more.

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Eldon, her children Allison (Bill) Bobenic, Sandra (Clive) Smith, and Matthew (Susan), together with grand-children Alex (Erika), Josh (Nicki), Zach (Betty), Caroline, Bryna, Laurel, Lexa, Maclean, Harrison, Josephine, Wesley, and Grayson, great-grandson Orlando, brother Garth (Shaune), sisters-in-law Barb and Pearl, and many nieces and nephews. Carlie-Jean was predeceased by daughter Deborah Schijns.

Carlie Jean beat cancer 18 years ago and again three years ago. Three months ago, cancer returned. Carlie-Jean’s courageous fight has been supported by the exceptional doctors, nurses, and technicians at the Foothills Hospital and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. In her last days, the compassionate and skilled support of the AHS Palliative Care – Home Care nurses and caregivers provided great comfort. Our sincere thanks to everyone involved in her care. Carlie-Jean died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and the angels – a bright new star now shines in the heavens. We will gather at a later date, pending relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions to joyfully celebrate Carlie-Jean’s life. Your wishes and prayers have been and continue to be deeply appreciated.

In Carlie-Jean’s memory, donations could be made to the Palliative Care Program through the Alberta Cancer Foundation at or St. David’s United Church at


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Jack and Millie Stephen

November 5, 2021

Dear Eldon and all of your family
We are very saddened to hear of Carlie-Jean's passing.
She was such a positive and lovely person and we are happy
to have known her as a friend and as a very helpful accountant
to our family business.
Our sincere sympathy to all of the family

Jack and Millie Stephen and family

Nancy Brawley

November 3, 2021

Dear Eldon, you and Carlie Jean had such a magical relationship; partners in life, partners in business and partners in all the extra things you did. You remain an example to all around you on your dedication to each other. My condolences to you and the family who I know are standing by you and supporting you at this painful time. As others are indicating, there are so many happy memories. My favorite is the memory of the joy that you both showed in experiencing life together.
Nancy and Larry Brawley and family

Christine Hampshire

October 31, 2021

My condolences to Eldon and family> Carlie-Jean was a beautiful and kind person. I am privileged to have known her.
Christine Hampshire

Ruby Matthews

October 30, 2021


Thank you for leaving us with such beautiful memories that we will cherish forever.

Forever in our hearts,

~Ruby, Ross & Alexa Matthews (Martin)

Aubrey & Ginette Villett

October 30, 2021

CarlieJean is a well loved beautiful person and will be sadly missed
by all who were fortunate to know her.
Aubrey & Ginette

Barb Grant

October 29, 2021

My wonderful, beautiful Auntie. You will live forever in my heart.

Shears Michele

October 28, 2021

Carlie~Jean will always be one of my happiest and fondest memories at our family reunions. Her warmth, compassion and ability to ensure the kids were connecting while the adults all caught up was so fun! She made this so easy for all of us! She spent a good amount of time engaged in storytelling and making making sure there was copious amounts of delicious food available to the masses! We will miss your grace, your wit and your love CJ!♥️🥰❌⭕️ Hugs and much love to all of you as you navigate this unfamiliar territory. Love Michele Shears