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CHRISTINE ELIZABETH BYQUIST (STRATH)

Date of Passing: Nov 05, 2020

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CHRISTINE ELIZABETH BYQUIST
(nee STRATH)

With great sadness, we announce the
passing of Christine Byquist on November 5, 2020 at the Grace Hospital at the age of 98. She was predeceased by her husband Charlie in the 1953 Polio epidemic, her parents, Ernest and Catherine Strath, her siblings, Dr. Jim (Lucille) Strath, Dorothy (Weldon) Ray, and Mary (Ivan) Routledge.
Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Ruth Byquist and Bette (Bruce) Bowman, grandchildren, Shannon, Shaun (Samantha), and great-grandchildren, Noah and Jayden. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Lucille Strath, nine nieces and nephews and their families.
Christine was born on the family farm near Shoal Lake, Manitoba. Although they faced many challenges during the depression they were a very close knit family who valued family and education. Being raised on the farm led to a lifelong love of wild flowers and birds. Christine spent many springs looking for crocuses and lady slippers. Christine attended the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1945. She returned to university in 1958 to obtain her Certificate in Public Health Nursing. Over the years she worked at the Deer Lodge, the Children's Nursery at the Women's Pavillion at the Health Sciences Centre, the Ellen Douglas School, the first nurse at the University of Winnipeg, and over 30 years as a Public Health Nurse. During her time with public health she and three other courageous nurses (all single parents) fought hard to create the first Winnipeg Civic Registered Nurses Association in 1965. Christine then became the president of this first nurses only union in Manitoba history. This Association was predecessor to the MONA and MNU nurses unions.
Our mother was very adventurous. She travelled most of Canada and the northern United States in her first car, a Volkswagen Beetle, with a tent and two young daughters. To this day we treasure the memory of waking up in a tent to the smell of fresh coffee and crackling bacon and eggs. Although she was a single parent we never felt we missed out on anything.
After her retirement, Christine spent over 30 years enjoying the cottage at Falcon Lake. She loved to spend summers reading on the deck, watching sunsets, and swimming. Family and visitors loved her homemade pies, butter tarts, and buns. Many winters she travelled around the world with friends. Christine was very close to her cousins in Scotland and many a trip was spent with family travelling six in a van exploring the highlands. Nothing was more important to Christine than her family, birthdays, and holidays. She loved her morning coffee and the newspaper. This past year of isolation nearly broke her heart. She will be remembered for her love of family.
Special thanks to all the caregivers and staff at The Rosewood Supportive Housing Facility in Winnipeg for four years of care, concern, and kindness.
At Christine's request, no funeral service will be held. Cremation has taken place.

"So when tomorrow starts without me
Don't think we're far apart
For every time you think of me
I'm right here in your heart"

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer Society Manitoba, Dementia Care & Brain Health, 10-120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2, Tel: 204-943-6622 or Nurses Alumni Association of the WGH / HSC, (Winnipeg General Hospital / Health Sciences Centre), General Fund NA, 138-700 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T2, Tel: 204-787-1170

Condolences can be left online at
www.neilbardalfuneralhome.com

Neil Bardal Funeral Centre
204 949-2200


Publish Date: Nov 21, 2020

CHRISTINE ELIZABETH BYQUIST
(nee STRATH)

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Christine Byquist on November 5, 2020 at the Grace Hospital at the age of 98. She was predeceased by her husband Charlie in the 1953 Polio epidemic, her parents, Ernest and Catherine Strath, her siblings, Dr. Jim (Lucille) Strath, Dorothy (Weldon) Ray, and Mary (Ivan) Routledge.
Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Ruth Byquist and Bette (Bruce) Bowman, grandchildren, Shannon, Shaun (Samantha), and great-grandchildren, Noah and Jayden. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Lucille Strath, nine nieces and nephews and their families.
Christine was born on the family farm near Shoal Lake, Manitoba. Although they faced many challenges during the depression they were a very close knit family who valued
family and education. Being raised on the farm led to a lifelong love of wild flowers and birds. Christine spent many springs looking for crocuses and lady slippers. Christine
attended the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1945. She returned to university in 1958 to obtain her Certificate in Public Health Nursing. Over the years she worked at the Deer Lodge, the Children's Nursery at the Women's Pavillion at the Health Science Center, the Ellen Douglas School, the first nurse at the University of Winnipeg, and over 30 years as a Public Health Nurse. During her time with public health she and three other courageous nurses (all single parents) fought hard to create the first Winnipeg Civic Registered Nurses Association in 1965. Christine then became the president of this first nurses only union in Manitoba history. This Association was predecessor to the MONA and MNU nurses unions.
Our mother was very adventurous. She traveled most of Canada and the northern United States in her first car, a Volkswagen Beetle, with a tent and two young daughters. To this day we treasure the memory of waking up in a tent to the smell of fresh coffee and crackling bacon and eggs. Although she was a single parent we never felt we missed out on anything.
After her retirement, Christine spent over 30 years enjoying the cottage at Falcon Lake. She loved to spend summers reading on the deck, watching sunsets, and swimming.
Family and visitors loved her homemade pies, butter tarts, and buns. Many winters she traveled around the world with friends. Christine was very close to her cousins in Scotland and many a trip was spent with family traveling six in a van exploring the highlands. Nothing was more important to Christine than her family, birthdays, and
holidays. She loved her morning coffee and the newspaper. This past year of isolation nearly broke her heart. She will be remembered for her love of family.
Special thanks to all the caregivers and staff at The Rosewood Supportive Housing Facility in Winnipeg for four years of care, concern, and kindness.
At Christine's request, no funeral service will be held. Cremation has taken place.

"So when tomorrow starts without me
Don't think we're far apart
For every time you think of me
I'm right here in your heart"

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer Society Manitoba, Dementia Care & Brain Health, 10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2, Tel: (204) 943-6622 or Nurses Alumni Association of the WGH/HSC, (Winnipeg General Hospital /Health Science Centre), General Fund NA 138-700 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T2, Tel: (204) 787-1170.

Condolences can be left online at
www.neilbardalfuneralhome.com

Neil Bardal Funeral Centre
204 949-2200


Publish Date: Nov 14, 2020

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 14, 2020, Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Sorry to read of you mom’s passing, Bette. I remember when I met you, I was in awe of a woman who was raising two daughters on her own, as it was not that common back in the 70s. Obviously, she did a wonderful job raising her family and managing her career. May you and your family treasure the memories of the times and adventures you shared with her. - Posted by: Karen Bieber (University Friend) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Hi there Ruth and Bette and families, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I remember the three of you were very close. Take comfort in knowing she was an accomplished lady and left behind a legacy and will be remembered fondly. Laurie Tocher (King) - Posted by: Laurie Tocher (King) (Childhood neighbor) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • We extend our sincerest condolences to Chris's family and friends. Chris had a remarkable nursing career with amazing accomplishments resulting in the enrichment of our nursing profession. Chris was known for her commitment, compassion and zest for life and is held in high esteem in our alumni. Chris will not be forgotten. - Posted by: MARIAN Ulyatt (WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni Friendship Convenor) on: Nov 19, 2020

  • Wonderfully kind to me when I first came to Canada in 1962. I taught her daughter Ruth at Wellington School. - Posted by: Rob Kirkpatrick (Friend) on: Nov 18, 2020

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