ENS, CarolPosted: February 26th, 2021
Carol Marie Ens died on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 from the overwhelming experience of Parkinson’s disease. She was a subtle warrior, who continues to be loved by her wife and partner Lottie Devontree (with daughter Gillian and her partner Dana) and her family: mother Elizabeth (Liz); brother and sister-in-law Wayne and Hennie and their children Aaron, Darcie, and Rylund; sister Bev; her wide circle of dear friends, and her two sweet pups Turbo and Nori.
She found joy in softball (her team was inducted into the Alberta and Lethbridge Hall of Fame), broomball, basketball (Gonzaga and Duke forever!), her amazing friends, fantastic pets, and her teaching career. Friends, family and anyone lucky enough to know Carol remember her bright blue eyes, big smile and easy laugh. She was a uniquely positive individual with tons of sass. Countless people deeply valued her friendship.
As a teacher, she brought her patience and sense of fun to generations of kids in Grimshaw and Coaldale. She loved to sing: in choirs, showers, along with the Sound of Music, and anywhere she felt like it. Carol filled her life with music (her music collection fills multiple ipads) and listened most nights as she went to sleep. She loved Christmas, parties and celebrations – any excuse to dress up and be silly (this is a woman with multiple costume onesies). She was full of love; she was love.
“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul, there is no such thing as separation” -Rumi
Cremation entrusted to Peace of Mind Cremation Services. An outdoor celebration of Carol’s life will be announced in future when it’s safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carol’s name to Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute. https://www.pacificparkinsons.org/
Our hearts ache for the family and your loss. Peace Be With You. Sue and Bruce Milne
Carol was one of the most positive people . I thoroughly enjoyed teaching with her at RI Baker many years ago. Rest in peace!❤️❤️
Our prayers and love go out to the whole family . The world lost an amazing human being and may her spirit be with all of your family
Carol brought joy and laughter wherever she was❤️ She shared herself authentically! I know she’s on a new team in the heavens and her star shines bright again! Miss ya gal!!
Such a Beautiful Sou who will be Deeply Missed❤️Much love 💞💞💞💞💞💞💞
Carol was always such a positive, loving and giving person. I will miss all the laughter and conversations we had. I treasured her friendship, and will play the cds that she made and remember her love for life. Deepest condolences to the family 😢
I’m so saddened to hear the news of Carol’s passing. 😪 As a colleague, l respected and admired her immensely and as a friend I’ll miss her endless enthusiasm for life. My her goes out to her family at this difficult time. ❤🙏
Mike and Carol Gibson ❤
A beautiful person, a life cut short by a horrible disease and a natural fear of what lay ahead. My heart goes out to you all. She was truly loved. Xo
Carol was an inspiration to me. She beamed with positivity and hope, seemingly endless patience and an enthusiasm that challenged you to give whatever you were doing your all.
Thank you for everything that you are.
My condolences to the family, if it is anything like life I know for a fact Carol is smiling right now
Heaven needed a new angel to pass on her contagious smile and determination. Our prayers go out to the family. Hope you and our mom get a chance to chat again. Rest In Peace.
💙 when I think of you – I Giggle. . 😊 Because I can hear YOUR giggle… Thank you for the Dance. For your heart my friend and your giving nature and for putting the pieces of the puzzle together… I so appreciate our connection and many conversations of faith, God and spirituality. I believe you’re flying high and smiling and giggling once again, as you were meant to. No more pain my friend. Love you and miss you tons.
Blessings to Lottie, Turbo, Nori Liz and Family.
I am heartbroken for the loss of my BFF 💔 but know she is at peace and able to do the things she wanted to do. A great hole is left in this world, as Carol was like no other. She left her footprint on the hearts of all who had the privilege to know her.
To the mountains my dear friend!! I love you!
All my love and prayers of comfort to Lottie, Liz, Wayne/Hennie/Aaron/Rylund & Darcie, and Bev. Our memories of Carol will always be in our hearts.
Hard to imagine this world without your laugh.
Knowing you are no longer suffering helps ease the loss of you Carlos.
Until we meet again my friend
Hello Carol!! Thank you so much for being such an awesome friend/teammate! Thank you for being such an awesome roommate! Will always remember the Saturday nights Walker Texas Ranger/paralyzer nights…miss you already!!
May the beautiful memories you shared with Carol help you through this difficult time.
Carol was such a caring and wonderful person. We know she will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends who must carry on without her now.
Carol was a wonderful person who faced life’s challenges with a smile on her face and love in her heart. Rest in peace, Carol. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.
You’ll be missed by so many of us who were lucky enough to have known you.
I will forever remember Carol as I listen to Christmas music and Old Time Rock and Roll songs as we shared so many together over the years.
I know the last few years have been a struggle for her but she fought the fight as best anybody could. May she be at peace now. Thinking of the family she left behind, and hope the strength of knowing others care helps with the healing.
Great memories working with Carol at RI Baker.
Our prayers and thoughts for the family!
Sending love to Lottie and Gillian and all of Carol’s other family and friends. I’m so sad to hear of her passing. I never met Carol, it looks like she was an amazing person. Xo
There was a combination of mischief and unconditional love in those eyes. I remember Carol and Lottie sitting on the deck and seeing how Smitten Carol was. It was fun to witness their teasing and sense of joy and connection. So angry how Parkinson’s made her journey so difficult. And I feel a deep sadness that the world has lost such a loving giving woman. As far as I know there wasn’t a person around who didn’t enjoy being around Carol. The love Carol and Lottie shared was palpable and they will always be connected. Soar high Carol. You will be dearly missed.
Taken from her family and loved ones much too young, Carol will be missed by so many. It was a joy to know and work with Carol for many years, truly a master teacher who cared for her students deeply. May the memories of good times and abundant laughter carry her spirit with everyone who knew and loved her.
Ah, yes, “The Sound of Music!” The joy and laughter that Carol brought to our lives is and always will be the sound of music. Carol, you will always be remembered for your kindness, your gentle soul and someone who spread love and joy to others. To have known you is an honour. Keep singing dear friend. With love and respect to Lottie, your mom and the rest of your family. Sincerely, Kath Hnidan and Debbie Yanota.
My condolences to everyone in the Ens family over Carol’s passing. Many years ago, Carol, Bev and I played together as kids. I still remember fondly those weekend playdates we had so many years ago. Even back then, there was a serene, self-confident, quality about her that was quite remarkable.
I am thankful to have called this most genuine, gracious and accepting woman my colleague but most importantly my friend. Her laugh and the twinkle in her eyes will be missed.
Our sympathies to Lottie, Liz and her family. We wish you peace.
God heard your question and answered you. We are left with tears and memories. Oh but such fun and wonderful memories. We met in 1984 when you started your teaching career in Grimshaw, Northern Alberta. Soon we discovered that you and my husband,Willi, grew up and knew of each other’s families in Coaldale. Combine that with a mutual love of sport, ball (well you played slow pitch and I played fastball ) , beer and music a friendship grew. Yet that friendship may not have latest through the years,Carol, had it not been for your remarkable spirit and amazing humour.
When I heard of your passing, the song “Oh Very Young” by Cat Stevens came to mind. But your soul song, my Southern Alberta friend, was the best song ever.
Our deepest condolences to Mrs. Ens and family, Lottie and family. Hug the pups for us.
I’m sorry to be so very late with this, but the news only reached me quite recently.
If I try to think of what Carol was to me, back when we were both very, very young, I would say she was what I aspired to be: feisty, tough (but never mean), confident, caring, and joyful.
Carol was one of the best friends of my childhood. We played with cars; we played at being pirates; we played Cowboys and Indians (not knowing then how problematic that is – on the other hand, the “Indians” gave as good as they got). All of those games may have been boyish, but that wasn’t going to stop Carol. We played whatever was the most fun. We also played with dolls, as Carol (and Bev?) had a set of Barbie dolls. My fragile male ego insisted that I be Ken, but Carol’s Barbie was no passive help-mate, rest assured. So many, many hours we spent lost in those various worlds. It was wonderful.
Once I’d left Coaldale, after high school, we didn’t keep close contact, but whenever we did meet, at a family Christmas or other function, there was always an easy grace about her that made it seem like almost no time had passed between our encounters. I can only imagine how her loss must feel to those who were close to her.
My sincerest condolences to all of Carol’s friends and family.