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ATKINSON, Christine

July 24, 1952 – January 25, 2013

Christine Atkinson, beloved mother of Tom, Deb and Paul, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the age of 60 years. She slipped away peacefully with her daughter at her bedside.

Christine was born and raised in England, where she finished university and fell in love with Derek. In 1981, Christine and Derek moved their young family to Calgary. Christine lovingly raised her three children and worked outside the home, while her husband often travelled on business for extended periods. During this period, Christine decided to go back to university and earn a second degree in education. She subsequently enjoyed a rewarding career teaching for many years and inspired many students and colleagues.

Christine was a very intelligent and fun loving individual, always up for any social gathering. A kind, compassionate person, Christine was a friend to many and established a loyal network of close friends. She was an animal lover and advocate for the Earth. Some of her many interests included astronomy, travelling, hiking, walking in Fish Creek Park with the dogs, games, puzzles and trivia.

For the last decade, Christine struggled with a neurological disorder, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). She faced every hurdle and new challenge the disorder subjected her to with fierce determination and remarkable grace. It was a battle fought until the very end with unwavering dignity.

Christine is survived by her children, Tom (Gabbi), Deb and Paul (Cate); her cherished grandchildren Jane and Liam; and her siblings Barbara, Richard and Jeremy in England. Christine was predeceased by her husband Derek on September 30, 2009.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. The family is grateful to the tremendous daily care she received in recent years from Shirley, who made it possible for her to stay in her home as long as possible, Wentworth Manor, Sarcee Hospice and finally, Carewest Garrison Green.

In living memory of Christine Atkinson a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Mark & Andrea Smith.

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  2. Jane ,Roy,Tara and Gareth Spencer :

    We send our love to you all.
    Please know that despite the distance we stand beside you during this difficult time.

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  3. Bob and Margot Clerkson :

    Tom, Deb and Paul,
    We have many happy memories of time spent with your parents at Lake Louise. Our thoughts are with you.

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  4. Rebecca Ginzburg :

    Mrs. Atkinson was a favorite teacher of mine who made a huge impact on my life. I will always remember her.

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  5. Tom, Deb, Paul and all your loved ones,
    Both Lyle and I were sad to hear of your loss but recognize this journey has been a long and difficult one for Christine and her family. Christine’s example of courage coupled with a zest for life remains a reminder for all of us to live life to the fullest in the time provided. Be gentle with yourselves over the next few weeks.
    Judy and Lyle

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  6. We were fortunate enough to have Mrs. Atkinson as a teacher for 3 years. Although it’s been a decade since that time, we still fondly reminisce about the time we spent in her class. She was a fantastic teacher and a wonderful person. The impact she left on each student in our class will no doubt stay with us throughout our lives.

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  7. Jennifer Cummings, Pain & Palliative care nurse consultant :

    Paul, Deborah, and Tom,
    I feel I had the great honor of caring for your mom and ensuring she was comfortable and at peace upon her death. I have been amazed at the love and incredible strength within your remarkable family. She was an amazing woman, who raised 3 incredibly strong children. Your love for her was palpable and simply something I am in awe of. I am thinking of you as you move forth in life without her. Jen

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