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CHRISTINE NOELLE EGILSON (published on July 25, 2009)



Dr. CHRISTINE NOELLE EGILSON D.C. (nee STACEY) Surrounded by her family and many friends, our dear sweet Christine passed away on July 22, 2009 after a courageous, hard fought battle with cancer. Christine is survived by her loving husband Rob, her dearest Babygirl daughter Samantha, her wonderful mum Elaine and dad Brian, her beloved sister Andrea Rehirchuk (Darrell), nieces Kayla and Taylor, grandmother Flora Stacey, uncle Brent Stacey (Cynthia), uncle Wayne Stacey (Helen), cousins David Stacey, Michael Stacey (Kelly), Karen (Mark) Ehlebracht, godparents Colleen and Terry Stastook and their families. She is also mourned by Rob's family including sisters Florine Campbell (Charlie), Norma Johnson, Lois Rozak (Glenn) and brother Lyal (Melissa) and their families. She was predeceased by her grandparents George and Helen McMillan, grandfather Allan Stacey, parents-in-law Jim and June Egilson and brother-in-law Andy Johnson. Christine was born December 20, 1973 to proud parents Elaine and Brian Stacey. Her surprisingly early and speedy arrival was a sign of things to come. A clear indication of her magnificent personality was reflected in part by the red curls she had on the top of her head. She was the apple of her father's eye, a wonderful light in her mother's life and when her precious sister Andrea arrived on January 22, 1975, a proud and happy big sister. Christine and Andrea became the closest and dearest of friends throughout Christine's too short life. Much of the girls' younger years were devoted to competitive swimming with the Manta Swim Club. Christine qualified for Manta's highest level squad and she competed in many swim meets in Canada and the United States. She later attained her coaching certificate and spent many years teaching competitive swimming. Christine achieved her ultimate professional goal when she received her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in Atlanta, Georgia in March 1999. After gaining some associate experience she proudly opened her own clinic, Horizon Chiropractic in September 2001. Christine was a true healer. She received so much satisfaction in being able to ease pain and suffering and improving the quality of so many lives. It was devastating and heartbreaking to Christine when she had to close her practice due to her illness. On June 2, 2001 she married Rob. They were extremely happy and content with their life together. Her encouragement and selflessness made her a loving and supportive partner. Both were ecstatic with the birth of Samantha June on September 3, 2006. Their whole lives changed as they focused so much of their time providing Sami with a loving, safe and caring home. When Christine was hospitalized in January, Sami was there every day giving cuddles, getting rides on Mummy's bed or hitchhiking a ride in Mummy's stroller . Christine looked forward to spending every precious moment possible with her little angel and Rob. Her Mum and Dad were her pillars of strength; beside her everyday. They made every effort to lengthen her life and ensure her comfort. Andrea spent every moment she could with her dear sister. In March, in hopes of finding a cure, or at least extending her life, Christine and Rob made a trip to a clinic in Mexico. To help cover expenses, her dear friends and Uncle Brent and Aunt Cynthia organized a fundraiser attended by over 700 people. Christine was a true example of living every day of her life with her whole being. The goodness in her was beauty put into practice. In her too short life, she looked at every day as a reason for joy and it showed in how she lived her life. She always maintained a positive attitude, including how she fought her disease. She was determined to beat it and fought to the very end. Even though she was in pain or uncomfortable she always had a special welcoming smile for her many visitors. Though her life was much too short, she left the world a better place. She always looked for the good in others and gave them the best she had. She stayed in our lives for a while, but left footprints on our hearts so that we will never, ever be the same. Christine was an inspiration, managing to awaken us to new understanding with passing whispers of her wisdom. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Pacin and the excellent nursing and health care staff at the Victoria General Hospital for their tender loving care, especially Ivy Harrison, who was a guiding light for our family through this difficult time. We also thank Christine's many friends and colleagues for the care and love they showed every day. A memorial service will be held at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd. on Tuesday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations can be made to The Samantha June Egilson Education Trust Fund, c/o Scotiabank, 1485 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3G 0W4 or the Andrews Street Family Centre, 220 Andrews St., Winnipeg, MB, R2A 4T1, or the charity of your choice. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Send expressions of sympathy to www.mem.com


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