Died peacefully at home on Monday, 17 November 2014 in her 86th year Mabel (May) Christianson, wife of Roger Christianson. Cremation has taken place. It was the wish of May that there be no service and that there be no obituary. This wish precludes any mention of her early childhood years as an orphaned girl in the western arctic, having been born at Herschel Island and cared for by the Anglican Church and various medical missionaries working in the area. We cannot mention her meeting Supt Henry Larsen and sitting on his knee when he visited the area in the ship St Roch on his transit of the Northwest Passage. Similarly, any mention of the friends she made in Europe and Africa when she accompanied Roger on his work assignments, or the volunteer work she undertook with girl guides, and with the mental health and addictions organizations in Toronto, Edmonton and finally in Vernon. We cannot mention that she had an empathy with young people which resulted in so many lasting friendships. Nor that she could not walk through a shopping mall without striking up a new acquaintance, or that after people dogs were her second love… And so a simple death notice will be published.
May died just a few days after her sixty fifth wedding anniversary. She leaves her husband Roger of Vernon, son Douglas of Kamloops, and daughters Patricia (Jones) of Edmonton and Heather (Nixon) of Ottawa, six grand children and four great grand children. She was predeceased by son Neil and grandson (also Neil)…
Friends wishing to remember May are encouraged to contribute to the Vernon Animal Care Society, PO Box 1564, VERNON, BC, V1T 8C2 or to a charity of their choice.
She will be missed.