Arline Belva Lilian Christiansen
15 March, 1924 – 7 April, 2021
Our mother Arline (GG to everyone in the family) passed away April 7th in the company of 2 of her four children. Mom was an amazing person – who never forgot a birthday / anniversary of every single one of the dozens of us out there. Even at 97 her mind was a sharp as any one of us could ever hope to be. She has left a huge hole in our world.
Arline was born on the family farm in Watson Saskatchewan. She was the second oldest of 5 children. She met and married Al Christiansen in 1947 and they moved to Saskatoon where they raised their 4 children. Some 20 years later they packed up and moved to Lac La Ronge in northern Saskatchewan. 20 years further down the road they moved to Cowichan Bay BC. In all they lived in 39 different homes. In retirement they wintered in Yuma Arizona. She made many good friends everywhere she lived. One of her best friends was Marg who was with her in mom’s final days.
Arline loved children and had untold patience. She had a special love for flowers (especially the spring flowers around her home in BC). Mom taught school for a good portion of her adult life. When she started to teach school in 1943, she only had normal school (one year of training after grade 11 which gave her a teaching certificate that lasted until 1947). While raising 4 children & working she got her grade 12 at the same time her oldest son did. She continued her education by correspondence & summer school over many years and finally graduated with her Bachelor of Education in her 50s.
Mom had time for everyone and was an amazing role model for all she touched. She never gave anyone the impression that she was flustered and even had the time during her hectic life to publish two children’s books – “Things to do” and “There is Sand in my Sandwich”. She also made many personalized gifts, scrap books, cookbooks, baby quilts, tea towels, etc for all of our family members and her friends.
Mom was predeceased by her mother Margaret Lillian Sproule (1942), her father Victor William Sproule (1980), her husband Al (2000), her brothers Winston (1934) and Tommy (2007). Arline is survived by her brother Terry (Eleanor), sister Beverly, her children Patrick (Dallas), Shelley (Patrick), Scott (Kim) and Jerry (Gladys) and 34 grandchildren & great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
Thank-you to Dr Pullan and Dr Thompson for their exemplary care and loving dedication to our mother. We are grateful for the tender compassionate care provided by the staff at Cairnsmore Place and Cowichan Hospice in these last weeks.
Donations can be made to Cowichan Hospice House in lieu of flowers.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Arline Belva Lilian Christiansen
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19 April 2021
Im so sad to hear of the passing of your beloved queen Arlene I know she would leave a massive hole in your family.😥. I’m Maureen my mother Fern Stradecke was One of Arlene’s closest friends. She and her husband Chris were apart of our growing up. Arlene was alway so loving and generous, kind to all 8 of us kids.❤️ One of my more recent memories of Arlene was when I flew her to Victoria. See I’m a flight attendant for Westjet and to my wonderful surprise she was part of my guests that day. It was so wonderful that she could see me at my job in my uniform ,me being able to serve her,with a servants heart❤️ When we landed in Vic I walked her into the airport. Funny she was in her 80s and just had a knee operation but I had a hard time keeping up with her. She was full of energy😂. To me that day was such a blessing and forever etched in my memory. We hugged and said We would see each other again,but we didn’t.😥 I love u beautiful lady❤️
16 April 2021
We are so saddened by the passing of our caring and inspiring Aunt Arline. She was such a loving and great sister to Mom. I am so glad they had the chance to facetime in the last few days.
I remember spending many a night reading "There is Sand in my Sandwich " to the kids. It was one of their favorites.
What a wonderful Lady.
Tim and Sherry Halstead
15 April 2021
Dear Pat, Shelley, Scott, Jerry and families,
We are very saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. We remember Auntie Arline with such fondness. She was truly a wonderful person.
May your many treasured memories of your dear Mom, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother give you comfort.
We are sending a big hug to each of you.
Sherry and Tim Halstead and family
11 April 2021
I worked with Arline at Pre Cam School in La Ronge where she was an inspiring special education teacher. Not only did she help the kids, but she gave great advice and ideas to teachers. She was my smoking buddy at recess, back in the day when the staff room filled with cigarette smoke at recess. Many years after retirement she came over for coffee on one of her visits back to La Ronge. I was amazed at how busy and involved she was in seniors issues, writing letters to politicians full of witty comments. She never lost her sense of humour and love for life. A remarkable woman who I feel lucky to have known!
10 April 2021
Your Mom was an incredible women. The energy in which she engaged with learning, sharing and persevering was amazing. Sitting with her at her computer while she embraced technological advances was an extraordinary experience. With appreciation I saw the kindness that she offered through thoughtful gestures. It has been deeply inspiring to witness the determination in which she chose to live life to it’s fullest.
Rest In Peace Aunt Arline
10 April 2021
Arline was a great lady. She taught school here in La Ronge and for part of that time she was the resource room teacher, helping many many kids who struggled with learning. Even when she retired and moved away to BC, she never missed sending a Christmas card...even this past year. My brother in law and sister, their children and grandchildren will miss the presence of this wonderful woman in their lives. Thinking of them, and the rest of the family, too. Karen and Scott Robertson, La Ronge, SK.