November 14, 1920 – March 3, 2020
On Tuesday March 3, 2020, Chrissie O’Toole – loving mother and grandmother – passed away in Ladner, British Columbia, at the age of 99.
Chrissie was born in Edmonton, Alberta on November 14, 1920, to William and Janet McKie. She spent her formative years in Kinsella, Alberta. After her high school graduation she moved to Edmonton to attend business college. This led to a career in retail and in 1950, a fortuitous transfer from The Bay in Edmonton to Vancouver, where she would meet her future husband, Howard O’Toole. They were married in Vancouver in May1952. Shortly after they moved to Revelstoke where they raised their five children, immersed themselves in the town’s rich social life, and created a wonderful home for themselves on the banks of the Columbia River. To be closer to her children, Chrissie made two moves in her later life: to Salt Spring Island, in 2006, and to Vancouver, in 2009.
Chrissie loved her community and spent numerous hours volunteering for a wide variety of charitable organizations, including the Hospital Auxiliary, the Hospice Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the MS Society. Chrissie was honoured, in 2002, to be named Revelstoke Citizen of the Year. She remained active throughout her long life, and enjoyed playing bridge, golfing, knitting, doing needlepoint, and various crafts. Chrissie was a generous soul who loved to entertain, and she enjoyed nothing more than feeding and taking care of everyone who came through her door. She was most contented when she was surrounded by her family.
Chrissie was predeceased by her husband, Howard, and her son, Dennis. She is survived by her son, Kenneth (Bernice) O’Toole, daughters, Maureen (Jerry) Story, Patricia (Terry) Wallace, Rhonda (Cam) Jordan and daughter-in-law, Donna Diggins. She has 6 grandchildren: Colin, Sean, Connor, Teghan, Mackenzie, and Cody, and 3 step grandchildren: Sarah, Michaella and Kandra.
There will be no service as per Chrissie’s request.