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ELLIS, Christa Emanuela (nee Enzlmueller)

October 3, 1941 – Vienna, Austria
February 27, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Christa Ellis, beloved wife of Donald Ellis of Calgary, AB, passed away on February 27, 2019 at the age of 77 years.

After World War II, Christa and her family fled Austria to Pier 21 in Halifax, NS, on a ship called The Rhinedam. From Halifax, the family boarded a train and eventually landed in North Vancouver. Christa attended high school at Delbrook Senior Secondary School. Following graduation, Christa became a stewardess for Air Canada. An avid skier, Christa also spent some time as a ski patroller on Mt. Seymour.

Christa moved to Toronto, and met Don while skating at the Terrace Ice Rink and the two began dating. It was soon after that Christa decided to move back to Vancouver and Don followed. They were married on July 25, 1970. In 1972 the couple decided it was time to leave wet Vancouver behind and moved to dry Calgary. Upon settling in Calgary, the pair lived in an apartment for one year before together purchasing the home that they still share today.

Together Christa and Don made many fond memories and especially enjoyed skiing, hiking, and camping. She was a keen follower of the Iditarod dog sled races. Always a philanthropist, Christa made numerous donations to multiple charities over the years, and loved all animals; she cared for and fostered many dogs.

Besides her loving husband, Donald, Christa is survived by many beloved relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB), on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Christa Ellis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear Don….our condolences to you at this sad time. Christa will be missed but she is now at peace.
    Take care Don…sending our love to you
    Wilma Ellis & Brian Owen

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