Christabel Kendy was quite a gal, witty and charming and everyone’s pal. She was the head of the table, the glue, the queen bee and the keeper of our very own family tree. Born in 1920 on a humble farm in Brighton, ON, Christabel set out on a journey in life that shone with hard work, family bonds, and incomparable wit.
After graduating from nursing school at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1943, with a trademark spunk and love of life’s adventures, she accepted a post at the remote mining town of Favourable Lake, in Northern Ontario. Here she honed her calling and met her future husband, Spike. He whizzed in on his hockey skates to sweep her off her feet and the two were married in 1946. After bearing three children, Lynn (Charles) Farrer, Nan (Ross) Kendy and Jeff (Bev) Kendy, the family eventually settled in the warmer Okanagan climate. She finished her dedicated career as a nurse at Vernon Jubilee and Williams Lake hospitals.
Christabel was a loving, generous mother who passed on her spirit and humour to her kids and her grandkids Karie (Charlie), Emily, Todd (Pavla) and Cole. Her memory will be cherished by surviving family, including her younger brother Harry (Joan), and her large extended family who will always remember Christabel’s vibrant energy, sparkling blue eyes and near-magical floating abilities in Okanagan Lake, at her family home in Vernon, BC. She left with us a wealth of cross-stitched, crocheted, woven and knitted marvels, as well as many memories of her enthusiasm for golf and card games.
We are all pleased to think that “Bub and Bub” are together again.
Christabel passed away July 9, 2014. A family celebration will be held in her honour. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to The Alzhiemer Society.