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Born: Sep 16, 1929

Date of Passing: Dec 23, 2021

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September 16, 1929 - December 23, 2021

The life story for Shirley Christie begins September 16, 1929. She was the third of four children born to David and Isa Christie of Winnipeg. At the age of 16, Shirley and her sister Jean worked at the soda fountain counter in Liggett's Drug Store. Shirley served a banana split to a young man named Glover Anderson. They dated briefly, but due to Shirley's aspirations to attend university, they drifted apart.
In 1950, with a fresh Bachelor of Science degree and a new job at the Federal Seed Inspection Lab, Shirley started her first career. One day, getting some fresh air on her lunch break, she bumped into Glover, who worked nearby at the Manitoba Telephone System. This time the romance blossomed and they were married on June 21, 1952.
Their first daughter, Lee arrived in 1954 and Glover's job took the young family to Montreal for two years. Once back in Winnipeg, they purchased a house on Ash Street and welcomed Alan, Garth, John and Wendy to the family. Mom gave up her professional career to dedicate her time to raising her family. But she has a voracious appetite for expressing her artistic talent through a variety of crafts. Her abilities in knitting, weaving, rug making and crocheting were unparalleled. Every year saw multiple awards for items entered in the Red River Ex. There was a high demand for her creations at the Good Wool Shop, the Christmas Craft Sale and of course, her family and friends.
In 1959, Shirley and Glover were so inspired by the beauty of Lake of the Woods, they bought a lake lot. Building ensued over the years, with extended family pitching in and everyone enjoying lake life. Dinner for a dozen wasn't unusual - no easy task when you consider there was no power or running water in the early days. Shirley considered herself fortunate that, thanks to the efforts of her children, she was able to spend time every summer at her lake home.
Travel was another important part of life for Shirley. She enjoyed several trips to Europe and the UK as well as extensive trips coast to coast in the US and Canada. She and Glover had a group of friends called the Scatterpegs, who liked to travel together.
Sadness touched her life in 1980 with the loss of her son Alan. Glover passed away in 2000. She also lost her brother Dave, her sister Jean and her husband John Kresko.
When the house became too much to handle, she moved into the Canoe Club. She spent the last twelve years making new friends and enjoying the lifestyle offered there.
Shirley was a lifelong member of the First Church of Christ Scientist. Her beliefs gave her great strength and comfort throughout her life.
Family was her greatest joy. She leaves behind daughter Lee, husband Wayne Kear, granddaughters, Jen Kear, Colleen Kunderman, Brittany (Eric) Rensflet, great-grandchildren, Kane, Rorie, Natalie and Alex; son Garth, wife Andrea, grandson Tyler, granddaughter Brooke (Jared) Leray; son John, grandson Ethan; daughter Wendy, husband John Basic, grandson Matt and granddaughter Taylor. She is survived by her eldest sister Isabel Christie and sister-in-law Noreen Christie.
She was especially pleased to be able to cuddle her newest great-grandson, Alex, born September 5. But, due to declining health, she was sad not to be able to attend her granddaughter Brooke's wedding.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Brian Sharkey for his care over the years. He was instrumental in her staying in her own home for as long as she did, and in return, she did what she did best - knit him wool hats.
A private service will be held for the family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Church of Christ Scientist, 137 Scott St., Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K9, or contact

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 31, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • The last time spent with Shirley was Thanksgiving 2020. I remember her beautiful smile and participation at that event. I enjoyed exchanging pleasantries with Shirley after church pre-covid period. My condolences to John and the rest of the Anderson clan, I know her physical presence would certainly be missed but I rest assured that the Love lived and expressed never dies. "Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead have never watched them dancing on a windy day"- Shira Tamir - Posted by: Georgenia (Church Member-First Church of Christ Scientist Winnipeg) on: Jan 13, 2022

  • Shirley was a very talented woman in all her art projects. I have a couple of nice warm sweaters, and other very nice items made by her. I have the privilege to know her wonderful family and I know she was very proud of each one of her children. I visited her beautiful cottage at the lake with my parents, and she showed us wonderful pictures taken at different times and we enjoyed the beauty of the lake and wonderful moments together. She will be missed. Thinking with much love about Shirley and all her family. Martha Vargas - Posted by: Martha Vargas (A friend from church) on: Jan 13, 2022

  • My condolences and sympathy go out to the friends, family and loved ones of Jesse at this time of Great Loss. - Posted by: Brent Froese (Friend of family ) on: Dec 31, 2021

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