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On the morning of Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont., Val Carrier found peace in the arms of Jesus Christ her Saviour.

Born in Emo, Ont. on April 29, 1948, Val was the oldest child of Otto and Mildred Ahrens.

She was raised in Barwick, Ont. and on May 15, 1970 married Albert Carrier. They made their home for 39 years in Fort Frances.

Val had a full working career that began at Boise Cascade and finished at the Rainy River Board of Education and the Salvation Army.

Val and Al enjoyed camping, fishing, and travelling. She had a green thumb, and loved tending her indoor houseplants and garden.

Val was a proud member and leader in the Fort Frances Lions Club for many years. She was regularly seen on Thursday evenings calling the Lions TV Bingo.

We all have fond memories of Val’s hearty laugh and her sense of humour.

She was predeceased by Albert, her husband, in March, 2010; by two children in infancy; and by both parents.

Valarie leaves behind her brother, Merv Ahrens and wife, Lynda, and their children, Scott and Kelly and children, Jordyn and Lucas, as well as Sean and Emily and their children, Elly and Laura.

Also surviving are her aunts on the Ahrens side, Merveline (Gerald) Brown, Ella (Lawrence) Desserre, Dorothy Brown, and Shirley (Bob) Gadd, plus many cousins.

The families of Albert’s brothers, Jim, Gord, Sheldon, Lawrence, and Gerald and sister, Joan, and their children also have lost a special loved one with Val’s passing.

Valarie was blessed with many special friends who will dearly miss her.

Valarie loved her church, the Fort Frances Evangelical Covenant, and she loved her church family. She worked tirelessly where needed.

Music was an inspiration to her, and she often said how much she loved listening to and singing choruses and hymns.

In January of this year, Valarie was diagnosed with a rare cancer. She faced her illness with dignity and with peace.

In memoriam donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Val’s funeral service was held Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, with Pastor Ken Johnson officiating.

Burial will take place in the Barwick Cemetery at a later date.

Life is easy when you’re up on the mountain

And you’ve got peace of mind like you’ve never known.

But then things change and you’re down in the valley.

Don’t lose faith for you’re never alone.

For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.

Tracy G. Dartt