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Ra­fuse (Count­way), Carol Grace — 84, of Wind­sor, passed away peace­fully on Sept. 13, 2018, with her fam­ily by her side, af­ter a long strug­gle with Alzheimer’s. She was born April 11, 1934, in Ch­ester Basin, the daugh­ter of the late Mur­ray and Blanche Count­way. Carol mar­ried her hus­band, Car­man, on Aug. 20, 1953; a mar­riage that ex­em­pli­fied love and devo­tion for over 65 years. Carol worked at a young age as a teacher and later, af­ter rais­ing her fam­ily, re­turned to work as a Per­sonal Care Worker at Dyke­land Lodge; how­ever, she will be most re­mem­bered as a ded­i­cated wife, lov­ing mother and grand­mother, and loyal sis­ter. Through­out her life Carol en­joyed spend­ing time in her gar­den and at the lake, but also with her fam­ily and friends at their fam­ily cot­tage in Martin’s River, NS, fondly named “the Six Seas.” She had a great love and ad­mi­ra­tion for na­ture, in par­tic­u­lar her birds and the “friendly” crea­tures who vis­ited her gar­den. In their re­tire­ment and later years Carol and Car­man en­joyed travel and vis­it­ing. Their favourite trip was in 1993 when they drove across Canada to­gether. Carol’s faith was de­vout and as a long-time mem­ber of the Up­per Vaughan’s United Bap­tist Church, she served as a Sun­dayS­chool teacher, a mem­ber of the Women’s Mis­sion­ary as well as hold­ing other var­i­ous roles within the church. Carol, like her name, was full of grace and love. She cared for all, and cher­ished her fam­ily and friends with all her be­ing. Carol is sur­vived by her lov­ing and de­voted hus­band of 65 years, Car­man Floyd Ra­fuse; her chil­dren, Carla (David Gra­ham) Ra­fuse, Ch­eryl (Gregg) Kennedy, Carey (Karen) Ra­fuse, and Clau­dia (Ter­ence) Hynes; her grand­chil­dren, Jill (Joe) Boyd, Missy (Stef Janichen) Kennedy, Jes­sica (Tyler Gore) Kennedy, Kate (Corey East­man) Har­vey, Emily (Martin) Gal­lant, and Nick Ra­fuse; and her great­grand­chil­dren, Sofia Grace, Luka Ryan, and An­nie Car­o­line. Carol is also sur­vived by her sib­lings, Kitty Hunter, Claudette Heisler and James Count­way; and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews. Be­sides her par­ents, Carol was pre­de­ceased by mother-in-law, Lucy “Dolly” Ra­fuse; as well as sib­lings, Dorothy (Arthur) Eddy, Floyd (Gwen) Count­way, Ma­bel (Gerry) Siefert, Mar­ion (Jim) Ra­fuse; twin brother, Karl (in in­fancy); and broth­ers-in-law, Ron Hunter and Reuban Heilser. The fam­ily would like to give spe­cial thanks and ex­press how grate­ful they are to the staff at the Wind­sor Elms Vil­lage, par­tic­u­larly the staff of Mead­owview 4, for their ex­cep­tional and com­pas­sion­ate care over the last seven years. Ar­range­ments were en­trusted to DeMont Fam­ily Fu­neral Home & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice, 419 Al­bert St., Wind­sor (902-798-8317). There was no for­mal memo­rial ser­vice by re­quest, how­ever, the fam­ily in­vited friends to an in­for­mal drop-in open house cel­e­brat­ing Carol’s life in the fu­neral home’s Elm­croft Re­cep­tion Cen­tre on Tues­day, Sept. 18, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. Many dropped by to visit with the fam­ily and pay their re­spects. Pri­vate fam­ily in­ter­ment will take place at Up­per Vaughan Bap­tist Church Ceme­tery at a later date. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions in mem­ory of Carol may be made to the Wind­sor Elms Vil­lage, 174 Fal­mouth Dyke Rd., Fal­mouth, NS B0P 1L0 (902-798-2251). Mes­sages of con­do­lence may be sent to the fam­ily by vis­it­ing: www.de­mont­fam­i­ly­fu­ner­al­home.ca.

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