June 17, 1950 – January 11, 2019
Surrounded by love, with hand held, our precious Merrilee Lynn Carlson, peacefully let go Jan 11, 2019. She was loved as a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, and was a true friend. Predeceased by; brother Richard (June Yelland), parents Margaret and Allan Carlson, husband Gary Kennedy.
She is survived by; sister Gwen (Norman), many cousins, Richard’s daughters Maritama and Tamala Carlson and their families.
Merrilee was the elder daughter of Margaret Carlson who started Carlson’s School of Dance in 1954. She took great pride in the recital preparations from the 70’s into the 90’s. She assisted back stage with the student’s quick costume changes and would collect the “lost and found items”.
A sense of community was important to Merrilee. I give thanks to Inclusion Powell River, Community Inclusion Program and their Life Skill Workers these past seventeen years. Participation in their many programs and the friends she made enabled her to have a full and independent life. Their support during her six month hospital stay made such a difference for her transition to Willingdon Creek Village in Powell River. Their continued visits and the care from the nurses and staff at WCV gave her a quality of life that was exceptional.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.