Beautiful Christine Mary Hardisty passed away on Feb. 7, 2019, leaving immeasurable loss to her loved ones and all those whose hearts she so readily captured with her presence.
After the onset of Alzheimer’s and with such inner strength and peace, Christine departed before the condition took her memory of her loving family, her mobility, her mesmerising smiles and her captivating laughter. To the end, Christine was known by family, friends and the staff at Kamloops Senior Village as such a kind, caring and polite, proper English lady. She was a person whose elegance and presence was so endearing and adorable, that you could not help but want to hug her.
Christine was born on May 11, 1942, in Leven, England. Daughter of her loving mother, Ena Rowe, and her adored father, James Harold Rowe, who served on the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment in the First World War. She grew up amongst two loving sisters, Marjorie and Eileen. Prior to immigrating to Canada in July 1968, Christine attended Wood’s Shorthand and Commercial College in Hull, England which prepared Christine for her career in the offices of Scottish Brewers Ltd. as well as, various trade associations connected with the Port of Hull.
Upon immigrating to Vancouver with her former husband, Michael John Hardisty, Christine secured a position at Columbia Engineering International Ltd. as an executive assistant to the vice president. Christine left her career in 1971 to become a homemaker for her family prior to heading to Kamloops where she entered the insurance industry managing office operations until her retirement.
Christine is the loving mother to Drew Langdon Hardisty and Jason Michael Hardisty, who are proud to have been so blessed to have a mother with such unconditional love. There was no limit to her care and devotion to her sons, with her “care packages” continuing into her son’s adult lives - in a capacity that brought such laughter and hugs with their mum, Christine.
Christine’s life was enriched with the addition of her loving husband, Donald Loring Ogilvie - they were married on Dec. 23, 1997, at the Kamloops United Church. Don brought three sons: Jonathan, Jason and Peter and daughter Ruth, as well as seven grandchildren, into Christine’s life. Don and Christine were avid gardeners and really enjoyed their time together in their beautiful garden. Christine’s presence was, and still is, love in totality and the best gift a son, husband and friend could ever hope for. Thank you to all those who brought Christine into your hearts.
She has now been received by her much-loved son, Jason, her loving parents, James and Ena and the welcoming arms of our Lord. The family wishes to thank the loving care provided by Ponderosa Lodge and Kamloops Senior Village during the period of her care.
An honorary memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2 at the St. Paul’s Cathedral Church, located at 360 Nicola St, Kamloops at 11 a.m.