Ellen Cecilia Careen
1932 - 2022
Ellen Cecilia Careen
Visitation Information
Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31
Visitation Location
Mary Queen of Peace Church, Point Lance
Service Information
Service Date
Monday, August 1, 2022
Service Time
Service Location
Mary Queen of Peace Church, Point Lance
Burial Information
Burial Location
Point Lance RC Cemetery
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"Our mother has made her journey Home" 

Passed peacefully away at home in the loving arms of her family on July 28th, 2022, at the wonderful age of 90 years old. 

Following a long, love-filled life, Nellie is now at peace with her husband of 68 years, Benedict Careen. Leaving with the fondest of memories, her children: Diana (Buddy), Jane (Mike), Eugene (Cindy), Walter (Wanda), Gilbert (Kimmy), Roy (Yvonne), Maureen (Calvin), Melvin (Marie), Barry (Dena), Gary (Vivian), Sylvia (Jamie), her grandchildren, Jason (Lisa), Charlene (Jason), Chantel (Darren), Melissa (Tony), Jenna (Steve), Ryan (Ashley), Lauren, Angelea, Maggie, Noah, Christopher (Justina), Heather (Eric), Samantha (Anthony), Brandon (April), Miranda (Brad), Mitchell, Brooklyn, Rachel, Ben, Nikita (Carl), Scarlett, and David, her great grandchildren, Nathan, Claire, Brody, Cameron, Jaden, Jensen, Madden, Meyer, Owen, Finn, Atlas and Cecilia.  

She is predeceased by her grandchildren: Hilary, Jake, and Gary, her sisters: Theresa Lundrigan, Lucy Foley, Mary Roche, Molly Careen, and her brother Philip Roche, and her parents John & Mary Roche, all of whom she has now joined in God’s Holy Kingdom.  

Mom dearly loved her family, her flowers and her faith. She cared for each of us more than we will ever know. She worried about the boys fishing, the grandchildren on the roads driving and she wanted her girls around all the time. 

Her garden was her pride and joy. She loved her bright flowers and tended to them for as long as she could. Even in the days when she could no longer go out in the garden, she would ask about her flowers daily. Anyone who knew Mom was a witness to her strong and dedicated faith. She was a devout Catholic and sent prayers above each and every day. Her prayer book and medals were never far from her hands as she truly believed that faith, like family, is all you have in life. 

She enjoyed her chats, letters and visits from special friends and family members: Howard Careen, Annette Careen, Rose Browne, Joyce Coffey, Ellen Careen, Nellie Careen, Cyril Conway, Mike Careen, Ted & Elaine Furey, Patsy & Gordan Yetman, Jenny Farrell, Jane McGrath and many, many more. She will be remembered for the smile she had for everyone who entered her home, her beautiful garden, her homemade bread, her Sunday dinners, and her beautiful knitted socks that have been gifted far and wide. Her hands and her heart worked very hard in her time on this earth. 

Our family has been blessed with a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was married to the love of her life, Benedict Careen, and together they raised a large family who continued to surround them for all of their lives. Her memory will live in our hearts forever. Special thanks to our angel, Michelle Conway, who is a Godsend to our family. Michelle loved Mom; she sat by her side and held her hand in her final moments. She became an important member of our family and we are beyond grateful for her presence in our lives. As well, thanks to Amanda Corcoran for her help with Mom over the months and to all the family members who gave her special care. God bless you all. 

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Maher’s Funeral Home, Placentia. Our mother will begin her journey home to Point Lance on Saturday, July 30; leaving Placentia at 2:00pm, with visitation taking place from 3:30 to 9:00pm and all-day Sunday. The memorial service will be held on Sunday at 7:00pm and Funeral Mass will take place on Monday at 2:00pm at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Point Lance. 

“Remember Me with Smiles and Laughter”
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Now that I am gone,
remember me with smiles and laughter,
and if you need to cry,
cry with your brother or sister
who walks in grief beside you.
And when you need me,
put your arm around anyone
and give them what you need to give to me.
There are so many who need so much.
I want to leave you something -
something much better than words or sounds.
Look for me in the people I’ve known
or helped in some special way.
Let me live in your heart as well as in your mind.
You can love me most
by letting your love reach out to our loved ones,
by embracing them and living in their love.
Love does not die, people do.
So when all that’s left of me is love,
give me away as best you can.

Mom, we will love you “’til the end of time.”
Ellen Cecilia Careen