July 5, 1949 – September 14, 2022
In loving memory ~
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Janet Kay Christie (Gemmell) on September 14, 2022, in Nelson, BC, at the age of 73. Janet was a proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother who cherished her family and her independence.
Born July 5, 1949, in Olympia, Washington, Janet grew up in Pendleton, Oregon with parents, Raymond E. and LeDean M. (Garner) Gemmell and older brother William (Bill).
She graduated from Pendleton High School in 1967, afterwards attending the local Blue Mountain Community College taking liberal arts classes. She then attended Kinman Business University in Spokane, Washington.
While attending college, she met and later married Canadian, Herb Christie (ex). Together they raised three children, residing in both Oregon (1973-1983) and the Slocan Valley (1970-1973; 1983-1993). These years she worked hard raising her children and managing a home on an acreage. In 1993 she separated from her husband and moved into Nelson. She attended Selkirk College taking the Office Administration program, and worked different jobs over the years for hotels, a custodial company and the School District, eventually retiring in 2014.
Janet was an active member of the Nelson Covenant Church for many years. She was an avid reader and a collector of meaningful scripture and quotes which she would hand write in notebooks. She enjoyed keeping up to date on current events, and especially loved keeping tabs on the happenings of her grandchildren.
Janet is predeceased by her parents and brother, and is survived by her children, Raymond Christie, Susan Christie (Rob Ostrikoff), and Julie McFarlane (David); her grandchildren, Alyssa Jackson (Jared), Ashley Floor (Lee), Jonah McFarlane (Hannah), Caleb McFarlane, Anna McFarlane, Aidan Ostrikoff, Silas McFarlane and Danika Pope; and great grandchildren, Micah, Koan, Freya and Ander Floor, and Zachary and Timothy McFarlane.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated and caring nurses at the Kootenay Lake Hospital that assisted us the last few days of her life, as well as many thanks to our extended family and friends for all the love and support during this difficult time.
A service will be held Saturday, September 24, at 11am at the Nelson Covenant Church, 702 Stanley Street, followed by visitation at Thompson Funeral Service, 613 Ward Street, between 1-3pm.
To leave a personal message of condolence please see Thompson Funeral Service website: https://www.thompsonfs.ca
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