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Obituary: Carmen Marie Rollande Blais

'My life has been a spiritual one'

Born in St. Georges Dechamplain, Quebec on December 29, 1934, died in Sechelt Hospital on July 17, 2023. 

As written by Carmen:

My life has been a spiritual one and it started at my birth. My earlier years were all in Quebec. I moved west to St. Albert, Alberta in 1993 and my spiritual enlightenment led me to meet a most wonderful man, Leslie Wilson in December, 1994. He later became my husband on September 17, 1995. So I had a name change to Mrs. Carmen Blais-Wilson. Our first year of marriage was in White Rock, BC, in my husband’s home. It was small but cozy, with all my earthly possessions stored in the garage. In the fall of 1996, we bought a large house in Langley, BC and finally could amalgamate our two households into one. We had five happy, delightful years there with many social dinners and a memorable 65th birthday party for me. Finally, a real birthday celebration! 

In the fall of 2000, with my husband contemplating retirement, we set out on a journey to Vancouver Island, coming back via the ferry from Comox to Powell River. The purpose of this trip was to get a feel for where we might find our forever home. It wasn’t anywhere on the Island or as it turns out, Powell River. So we continued on along the Sunshine Coast Highway and came to Sechelt. We stopped and had lunch at the Driftwood Inn. While enjoying a tea, it suddenly dawned on both of us, “a spiritual connection” - we had found a special place to look for our forever home. It just felt right - the peace, the stillness, and the beauty told our hearts this was it. We moved to Sechelt in September, 2001. A glorious move that enriched both our lives so very much. I know my husband will be content and at peace in our beautiful little home in West Sechelt. 

My final resting place will be home with “Big Life” in a life that never ends.