Carrie Eveline Steep passed away peacefully surrounded by love on January 16, 2012.
Mom was predeceased by her husband Raymond Steep in 1978, her great granddaughter Kyla Perreault in 2000, her son Gordon Steep in 2008, her husband Bruce Sims in 2011, and her great grandson Harrison Charette in 2011. She is survived by her son Louis Yelland (Lila), daughter in law Cheryl Gallamore, daughter Fay Johnson (Danny), son Donald Steep (Wendy), 10 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.
Mom was born at home in Mayberry, Saskatchewan on October 22, 1922 to Andrew and Carrie Pennill. She was the youngest of 7 children, of which her older sister Clara is the only living member. Mom had a rough start in life. At the age of 3 her mother passed away. The girls were cared for in an orphanage, while the boys helped their father on the farm. She married George Yelland at New Osgood, and they moved to Flinflon where her son Louis was born. They later divorced. She met and married Ray Steep in 1947, and they came to Trail to start their family. They had 3 children, Gordy, Fay, and Don.
Mom was a homemaker, many of her best recipes being passed to friends and family. She loved going for a drive just for the drive. She loved spending the summer at Cristina Lake, where Ray tended bar, and she cooked 25 turkeys over coals on the B.B.Q. With two boys in hockey and her husband managing the team she was always on the go, she and her dear friend Irene spending countless hours on the road in the dead of winter. Mom kept close contact with her friends and relatives whom she loved dearly. She had a place in her heart for all her children’s friends and loved it when they called her “Mom.” She was an active member of the Trail Eagles and worked with the ladies auxiliary earning much admiration for her cooking skills and making lifelong friends with many of the women there. Unfortunately Ray passed away in 1978. With children all raised and grandchildren being born, she picked up the pieces and took up some new hobbies when she married Bruce Sims. At that time she became a member of the Trail Legion, which she was until her passing. Together, she and Bruce trucked around the area with their fishing poles and camper. They hated to miss a bingo game at Zellers. Always wanting to socialize Mom made friends easily. We appreciate all who assisted her as she aged. Friends were just a phone call away. Thank-you for all your help running errands, and maintaining her property, Mom loved you all. As an expression of sympathy a donation may be made to the Gordy Steep sick children’s fund in care of Local 480, or to the palliative care room at Columbia View Lodge. A celebration of Carrie’s life will be announced at a later date.