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Born: Feb 11, 1959

Date of Passing: Jan 23, 2023

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February 11, 1959 - January 23, 2023

It is with very heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Peacefully, with loved ones by her side, she went home to be with our Lord in heaven.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband Donavon, and son John and families. She is survived by her siblings, Milton, Caroline (Barry), Billy (Helen), Diane, Anita, Sandra (Brent), and Kim; as well as her sisters-in-law, Treva, Betty (Gerald), and brother-in-law Irvine (Sherri). She was predeceased by her parents, Cupie and Vicki Christiansen, and brothers, Gary and Jimmy; as well as in-laws, Tena and Robert Ferris. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and cousins.
Judith grew up in Selkirk the fourth youngest of ten children. She was always full of adventure and with her family she spent many summers at Chalet Beach swimming, fishing, and waterskiing. When the days grew long everybody would race to "the cabin" to read comic books by the light of the lanterns while soft music played from the radio. It was a magical time for Judith and her family as she so loved the lake.
Judith was so strong and can only be described as a fighter! At the age of 15 she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and subsequently underwent many surgeries to survive including the amputation of her left leg. However, this never stopped her from living a very full life, she was determined and so once she beat cancer she decided to become a nurse.
Judith spent her entire nursing career working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Health Sciences Centre, caring for critically ill babies her whole life. She took great pride in her career and was at one point a neonatal transport nurse which just proved her inner strength and fortitude.
Many summers were spent camping at Rushing River Provincial Park with her sister and nephews and nieces and her son John. Jude always had a way to find fun wherever she was. She truly loved life and given a second chance after beating cancer she went full steam ahead.
She will always be remembered as a wonderful, kind, strong and loving person. Her greatest accomplishment in her life was always her son John and the love she has for him will always be with him.
Now as we mourn her passing and celebrate her life we take comfort in knowing she is with everybody that loved her and is safe in the arms of Jesus. She is at peace and until we meet again we will miss you and always hold you in our hearts.
Private family interment to take place at Notre Dame Catholic Cemetery in the spring.

Condolences may be left on her tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 31, 2023

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Judith was an amazing person. An excellent nurse and a very caring person. Her beaming smile is etched in my memory. No matter how busy the day was, when Judith walked in to the NICU, her smile would lift my heart. My sincere condolences to her family - she wil be missed by many. - Posted by: Molly Seshia (Co-worker) on: Feb 17, 2023

  • Judith was a joy to work with: competent, cheerful, dependable; always ready to help her co-workers. She loved her work and her dedication and commitment to her patients and their families were an inspiration to all. Rest in peace, Judith. Well done, faithful servant. - Posted by: Esther McKenty (work colleague) on: Feb 05, 2023

  • My deepest condolences to all of Judy’s family. She was very young when we worked together and I could see that she was a warm, loving individual with a heart of gold. She knew even then that she wanted to become a nurse and definitely work with children in some capacity. She truly fulfilled her dream. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Lucille Erin (Co worker at Selkirk Day Care Centre) on: Feb 02, 2023

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