Our wonderful mother returned home September 10, 2020, there to be welcomed by her loving husband, Richard (our father), her brother, sisters, mother and father. Born in Edmonton Alberta in 1927, Mom was a fireball! Coming in just under 5 feet, “Mighty Mouse” was a star on the basketball court, held Canadian records in Track, and was the first Canadian woman to jump her height. Throughout her life she continued her passionate race through life. Never slowing even in her 70s taking Senior Olympic metals for Lawn Bowling.
Mom organized Newcomer Clubs wherever she and Dad moved, was a C.G.I.T (Canadian Girls in Training) and Girl Guide leader, and was always up for a game. Any Game! Mom was our family’s biggest fan. She never missed a track meet, swim meet, game, play or concert. We can all still hear her yelling “Go! Go!” from the stands.
Mom never stopped as life ran along. She took up tennis at 60 and only paused for a bit at 80 to get a new hip. Edith, who by now was known by many as “Granny’. was living in Arbutus Ridge and loving life. Playing tennis and being part of that vibrant community. After the passing of Richard, “Granny” moved back to Victoria.
Granny (Mom) stayed a constant volunteer adding to her previous years of service with young women’s organizations, committees, sport clubs, and stratas. She spent many rewarding years at the MS society, then The Commonwealth games. Mom (Granny) was wherever she was needed in our lives and the lives of her community.
Mom and Dad were blessed with the opportunity to seek new adventures and opportunities including Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, Burlington, Lions Bay, Victoria, Cobble Hill, Hawaii, Arizona (especially at SunCity and SunCity West). Through it all Mom continued to seek out areas to be of service and have fun.
Granny became a fixture in Esquimalt within the lacrosse community and schools. Everyone seemed to know Granny, still the fireball with the infectious smile (and occasional supportive out burst).
In her last few years Mom, now firmly identified as Granny, took on a new challenge. Not by choice, but even with an unrelenting disease she worked hard to make it work. Eventually the Alzheimer’s dementia got the better of her and she passed quietly with family September 2020, in Victoria, BC. The family knows she would want to thank the amazing group at Brentwood House, and wishes she could have said “good bye”.
Drew and Debbie, Dean and Lesley, Dawn and Evan Fredrickson; your grand kids: Danny, Megan, Max, Wil, and Soleil; and your great grand kiddies: Owen, Ben, David, Rosie, and Lily, and your adopted ones: Jim, Alison, Jaclyn. and Dawn II Hara.
Granny has gone now to her next big game and until we meet again, if you are listening Mom “GO! GO! YOU GOT THIS”
Condolences may be offered to the family below.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Edith Mary Skitch Christy 1927 2020..
Décès pour la Ville: Victoria, Province: Colombie britanique