Christine Ramsay (nee Laliberte)

Obituary of Christine Ramsay (nee Laliberte)

After a courageous fight against Ovarian Cancer it is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing
of Christine. She is survived by her loving husband Tom; children Kelly (Taylor) and Devon
(Sydney); parents Joyce and Kelly; sister Nicole (Dave); nieces and nephews Shayne (Chris),
Steven (Rennae), Darien and Rhean; and australian shepherd Cookie. We all loved her so much
and she loved us just the same. Nothing was more important to her than family. She attended
all her family’s sports games, concerts, graduations and made sure to always have a gift and a
card. She insisted that if she were to pass, we properly wrap all the Christmas gifts she
purchased. Even the day before she died she insisted we get a card for her daughter’s
boyfriend’s (Taylor’s) birthday.


We all agree that she was the toughest person we have ever known, and it shone
through in her five year battle with ovarian cancer. She endured surgery, many kinds of
chemotherapy and all the difficult things that come with a cancer diagnosis. She was continually
positive and believed she could beat it right until the end. There is almost no better example of
her perseverance, drive and resilience than when, at Canada games where she was expected to
win gold, she finished her swim race with a separated shoulder.


No one loved swimming more than Christine. She spent countless hours at the pool, the
beach in Cuba and her favorite: lake of the woods, just enjoying the water. When she couldn’t
swim because of her chemo port she would just put her legs in the lake. She loved everything
water, and we are so grateful she could spend her last summer at the lake with her family, still
swimming and driving around in her beloved pontoon boat. She even took her australian
shepherd Cookie on the paddleboard with her. Cookie’s namesake is from cookie monster
whom Christine’s love for can be seen all over her home from the Christmas tree to the kitchen
cupboards. Along with the cookie monster she loved cats, including her two predeceased cats
Lucky and Patches whose pictures are also all over the house. You could not write a memorial
for Christine without mentioning the Winnipeg Jets. She watched every Jets game, even the
one that was on two days before she passed. She had not slept well in a week but still managed
to stay up through the entire game. She loved to yell at the players on the television and it
certainly won’t be as eventful without her.


She will be sorely missed but we take solace in the fact that her death was very
peaceful. She slipped away quietly while her husband, whom she loved more than anything,
held her hand. It was her wish that we do not hold a funeral but instead remember her by
celebrating her life. We wish that in lieu of flowers you would consider donating to either
Ovarian Cancer Canada or Cancer Care Manitoba. In fact, the family would like to thank the
nurses and Dr. Ultman at cancer care in St. Boniface hospital for providing excellent care over
the past five years. We are so grateful for your handwork and commitment to providing such
high quality, positive care to Christine.