Kathleen Dorris Christie
February 22, 1947 – July 23, 2019
It is with profound sadness that we, as a family announce the passing of Kathleen (Kath), after a prolonged and valiant battle with illness.
Kath was born in Ponoka, Alberta, the 2nd child of Robert & Edith Christie, and raised in Vancouver. Upon graduating high school Kath became an RN through the nursing program at VGH. Over time she went on to get her BScN at UVIC and her Masters in Nursing Education in Edinburgh. Kath worked in many towns, cities and countries in varied fields of nursing and education throughout her career before finding her passion in palliative care and opening a hospice in Nyeri , Kenya. Her impact on so many patients and their families, and those that she taught was truly remarkable. We can only hope that her standard of care, love and empathy will carry on by those whom she influenced.
Well-travelled ? Yes, that was our Kath. Six of seven continents, only missing out on Antarctica. Through these travels she met and maintained many friends. So much so that as her family we always heard stories of adventures and the people attached to them. We should all be so lucky to have the rich life that came so easy for Kath.
Kathleen was predeceased by her parents Bob and Edith Christie and her brother-in-law Frank Spisak. She is survived by her sister Judith (Chris), brother Mark (Louise) and sister Janet. Also nephews Morgan, Joel and Owen, nieces Cheryl, Jodi and Lindsay, plus 10 great nieces & nephews.
We are grateful and send out a huge thank you to all of Kath’s amazing friends who visited her and supported us during these past months. A special huge thank you to Dr. Kwee, Misty, Heather, Alana and all the medical staff at Peace Arch Hospital for taking such good care of our dear Kath. Your efforts and loving compassion never went unnoticed.
A memorial for Kathleen will be held on Friday, August 9th, at 1:00 pm, at Victory Memorial Park 14831 28 Avenue, Surrey. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to either the Arthritis Society of BC or your local Hospice Society.
"Not everyone who wanders is lost"
- Memorial Service Friday, August 9, 2019
Kathleen Dorris Christie
have a memory or condolence to add?ADD A MEMORY
August 9, 2019
Kath was my amazing adopted aunt!!! I met her through my Mom, Merle, and we were quick to bond. She shared so many of my most precious days with me ... my first Mexico trip with my Mom, where we got up to unmentionable mischief; my first time bringing my first born 8 month old son to Canada, where she sang to and loved on him so much; my wedding in the Grand Caymans; my visit to her in Palm Springs with my then toddler, where she took us the the Animal sanctuary; and of course my 40th bday in Mexico. She got me through some tough times, including my second born’s 2 major surgeries (new born and then 1 year old) with her love and her calming words (due to her medical background and her love for us). There are many more instances but too many to mention.
Kath truly knew how to embrace a moment and love whomever was in it. She was my family and she is extremely missed by myself, my husband Joey, and my sons Connor and Bryson.
RIP Kath!!!! We love you!!
August 8, 2019
I was so sad to hear the news of Kath's passing. We met through mutual friends, and travelled to Maui together many years ago. She was smart ,funny and sometimes irreverent, which led to lots of laughter! My condolences to her family.
August 4, 2019
We were two of the lucky people who travelled extensively with Kath: Africa (where we first met), UK, France, Cyprus, USA - and BC. As soon as we'd ended one trip, we looked forward to the next - and we had started to plan for an Alaskan road trip for next summer.
She was more than a close friend: she became a part of our family, sharing Christmas and New Years and joining us in New York to see my brother on stage. My brother's partner says that if she feels a bit low, she only has to remember Kath's description of our white-water rafting to laugh out loud.
She was funny, and brave beyond measure. We loved her dearly and will miss her and mourn her passing every day, while treasuring many, many memories of one of life's most special people.
We send our love, thoughts and deepest sympathy to the family.