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HALL, Christy Jan

December 24, 1972 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
February 17, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 our kind, loving, funny, charismatic, energetic, beloved mother, daughter, sister, and aunt, became an angel. Her belly laugh and her infectious smile will be etched in our memories forever. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to this bright light who shone upon all who had the good fortune to know her.

Christy is survived by her son Michael Ellchuk; parents Michael (Leah) O’Dowda and Wendy (Ian MacIver) McLay; grandparents Jean and Joe Ursuegui; siblings Kerry Schmidt (Paul Janzen), Tracy (Keith) LaBossiere, Brendan O’Dowda, Colin O’Dowda, and Conner O’Dowda; nieces and nephews Robynne, Melanie, Emma, Ryley, Sebastian; and her dog Chloe.

A Celebration of Christy’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. A Second Celebration of Life for Christy will be held in her hometown of Winnipeg, MB at a future date. Please refer to the websites after Monday February 22, 2016.

In living memory of Christy Hall, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Christy was a beautiful spirit in every way and she will be missed by everyone who crossed her path. All who knew her will miss her dearly and our entire family is sincerely sorry for your loss. We hope and pray for your family that you will find peace and understanding at this very trying time.
    Please know that you have support in the 2 cities she graced with her presence.

    Hailey, Marilyn, Kyle & Rollie Cyr

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  2. I am absolutely gutted to say the least. Christy was such an amazing person and I am so fortunate I was able to enjoy her company on so many occasions. I will dearly miss her sense of humour and electric smile the most. Her love of UFC (Randy Couture), the Winnipeg Jets (Jim Kyte) and her pension for always making any outing a great time. RIP dear friend, until we see you again.

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  3. I am terribly shocked and very sorry to her and the family. I talked to her and laughed on the 16th. Laughing and talking about places to move to. We watched a movie and talked about the storyline.
    I am so sorry I didn’t know at all what her struggles were. I wish I could’ve have done something, anything at all, to rewind time.

    My deepest condolences.

    I will miss you Christy,
    Phone Friend

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  4. Our deepest sympathies to Christy’s family. No words can express how sad we feel at this difficult time. We have fond memories of Christi as she grew up hanging around our house. We watched her grow from a young girl to a bubbling teenager and into a beautiful young woman. Memories are forever and can never be taken away…… RIP Christy.
    Barb and Gerry Benoit

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  5. You will defintely be missed. I wish I’d seen you at our 25th anniversary. Please watch from everyone from up above. EVERYONE WILL BE MISSING YOU!

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  6. I wish you and your family all the best. Wish I’d seen you at the 25th anniversary for J.H. Bruns. You will be deeply be missed by everyone.

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  7. How do you describe a star that burned so brightly and so hot that it extinguished itself before it’s time?

    Christy was an amazing, energetic, funny, charismatic, huge presence that will be felt for many years to come. Her contagious laughter and big bright smile were compelling to say the least. I remember exactly where I was the day (night) that you were born. Your Mom and Dad had gone out so I was babysitting Kerry and Tracey, and Uncle Mike called me to tell me that you were coming NOW….It seemed even from that day you were destined to burn bright as you were born on Christmas Eve. I pray my girl that you have found peace, I hope you know just how much you were loved and now your star will be burning brightly from the heavens..

    To Uncle Mike, Leah, Kerry, Tracey, Brendan, Colin, Conner ( and families) and Wendy all I can do is send you my love and condolences….She will be forever loved and forever missed….Rest well my darling girl until we meet again…..Eileen

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  8. Tracy Van der ende and Family

    Dearest Wendy
    I am so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you. May the Spirit of the Lord wrap his loving arms around you, be with you and your family and give you strength.
    warmest Love Tracy and Herb

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  9. Angela and Bill Maclean

    Wendy. Angela and I are sorry to hear of your loss, knowing that this is the deepest grief that a parent can experience. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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  10. Our sincere condolences to the family. Our prayers are with you.
    Kevin and Sharon Harrald
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

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  11. Evelyn MacIver & Family

    Dearest Wendy
    My heart is broken for you, sending you much love at this sad time. My deepest sympathy

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  12. My heart weaps. I had the pleasure of working with Christy. That girl cracked me up! Witty. Irreverent. Energetic. Mischievous. Caring. Kind. She left a powerful impression on so many of us. It is hard to fathom that she is no longer with us. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends. I regret that I will not be in town for the service. Yes, there will be tears: but may they be wiped away by the smiles and laughter inspired by her memory. Rest In Peace.

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  13. Doug&Addie Barclay

    As neighbours we grew to know and appreciate Christy as a wonderful teenager and young women. She was the best babysitter for our childern. The first time she meet our childern one was shy and would not come out from under the table. Christy picked up some toys and joined the shyone under the table and was an instant hit. We cannot adequately express our sense of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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  14. Don and Terry Pangman

    Dear Wendy,

    We are so sorry for your sad and tragic loss. Our thoughts are with you and we send our deepest condolences to you and your family.

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  15. My heart just aches. Christy was such a beautiful person inside and out. Her magnetic personality and infectious laugh always made being with her the best part of your day even if it was just a brief visit. We would always run into each other in the most random out of town places like Whistler (great weekend), airport lounges and gas stations. I absolutely adored you and looked up to you since you were great role model for professional successful women. The world lost a very sweet and special person and I know she will have an entourage of fans wherever she is. Goodbye girlie, until we meet again. xo

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  16. So sad. I worked with Christy a number of years ago, and each year we collaborated in the CUPS program in “adopting” a family or two Christmastime. It was such fun and something we both loved to do. I can remember a day when she came back to the office from a visit at CUPS and said that one of the little guys told her that her hair smelled like summer! Looking back, she WAS summer – sunny and bright. I am sorry for your loss.

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  17. Carlene Donnelly

    We all in Calgary would love to be there as well on Friday but instead we will be deeply thinking of each of you and wishing you comfort and peace in having Christy for 43 years. She indeed had the brightest light and was such a generous and fun person. We are at a loss but together we will stay connected to keep her beautiful spirit alive

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  18. Barbara Tien, PREP

    To Christy’s Beloved Son, Parents & Family
    Your Mom & daughter was a gem. From the 1st day we met her, she embraced our cause of helping children with Down syndrome. There was nothing that she wouldn’t do to make our fundraiser a success. We had 10 years of partnering with the best – Christy. Our favourite memories are when she came to PREP and got so excited about seeing the kids. She genuinely accepted and loved people for who they are. A woman in motion, she just seemed to do everything for everyone with so much energy and caring. Know that many hearts are sad in Calgary. We remember her with great respect, much admiration and sincere love.
    Barbara Tien

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  19. I was shocked to hear of Christy’s death. My condolences to the family and her son Michael. I had the pleasure of working with Christy many years ago, I will always remember her smile. She cared about people and was always willing to help someone. The world has lost a kind person. May her soul rest in peace.

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  20. I am so sorry to all the families for their loss. The angels will fly her to heaven to be with her other beloved family…Christy, may your journey be safe with your angels.

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  21. Kelly and Donna Hrudey

    Donna and I are deeply saddened to hear of Christy’s passing. Our sincerest condolences to her family in this very difficult time. We worked with Christy on many fundraising projects. Christy will be greatly missed by all of us that had the pleasure of knowing her. Christy’s warm smile, spirit and dedication to helping others will remain forever in our hearts.
    Kelly & Donna Hrudey

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  22. Robynne Monney

    My name is Robynne Monney and the beautiful Christie hall was not only my auntie but also my best friend. She helped me through out my whole life and was always there for me without any judgement. No matter how upset or how sick I may have been, the second I talked to her I’d feel better. She always knew what to say to make everything better again. For a huge part of my life she was my rock. I could have accomplished a lot of things without her. The day I found out what happened to her completely broke me inside. I may not be able to see her but I know I can still talk to her and ask her for advice. She will ALWAYS be in my thoughts and prayers. I know she is looking down on me, giving me the strength I need to succeed in anything I choose to do. I love you and miss you more then words auntie and I feel you with me each and every day. I know your smiling down on my everyday and I am so blessed to call you my best friend and most amazing auntie in the world. Stay golden auntie. <3

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