CHRISTINE

CHRISTINE EDITH CORNWALL/STRUCKETT Christine Edith Cornwall/Struckett (nee George) of Red Deer passed away peacefully with her daughters Ruth and Carol at her bedside at the Bethany Collegeside Care Centre in Red Deer on October 6, 2005 at the age 88 years. Christine was born on October 19, 1916 in Folkestone, England and immigrated to Canada with her parents when she was five years old. She was raised in London, Ontario, attended and graduated from Sir Adam Beck Collegiate. In 1935, Christine married John Struckett and they had two daughters, Ruth (Clark) and Carol (Lavergne). Starting as a sales clerk for the Robert Simpson Company in London, Ontario, Christine entered the workforce in 1946. Always looking for a challenge, Christine joined Bell Telephone Company and trained as a mechanical draftsperson. Being a very meticulous and detailed person she soon became the drafting supervisor for the London office, which was a mean feat for a woman in the fifties. Christine then married William Cornwall in 1955 and after a few years they settled in Ottawa. By 1961, Christine had resumed her career in mechanical and electrical drafting and was employed by the Telecommunications Branch of the Department of Transport with the Canadian Federal Government. Christine took up golf and for several years was a very active participant in the Ottawa Uplands Golf Club. In the wintertime she was an avid curler and spent many hours at rinks and tournaments. After more than a decade in Ottawa, Christine applied for and became one of the first women drafting supervisors, with an all male staff, in the Telecommunications and Electronics branch of the Department of Transport. Along with this promotion, came a transfer to Toronto, Ontario in 1970. Having achieved the position of Planning Officer for Telecommunications, Ontario area, Department of Transport for the Federal Government, Christine retired in 1979. After retirement, Christine worked part time for Carol and Herb (in their vending business), did some traveling, visited her mother regularly in London, Ontario and also managed to maintain her own apartment and independent life style. Christine was an intelligent, quiet, strong-minded, independent woman; she was ahead of her time and the woman’s movement for independence. Christine moved to Alberta in 1984 to join the rest of the family that had migrated to the area the year before. Christine was ever forgiving and empathetic with all her relatives and friends. She was kind, concerned, affectionate and generous to a fault, had a great sense of humor, was unconditional with her love, always supportive of the underdog. Throughout her lifetime, Christine kept busy with handwork, sewing and crafts but her most favorite pastime was reading English novels or mysteries. Christine broke both her legs in July 2000 and spent almost two years recuperating in hospital. She was determined to walk again and was able to regain her independence and walk with a walker by late 2002. Christine was predeceased by her mother Edyth George in 1986. Christine leaves to mourn her two daughters, Ruth (Bob) Clark of Lacombe, Carol (Herb) Lavergne of Red Deer, four grandchildren, Kim (Gary) Autet of Ponoka, Kelly Harper of Ponoka, Steve (Laurie) Lavergne of Millet and Debbie (Steve) Allen of Rocky Mountain House. Also cherishing the memory of Christine are her twelve great grandchildren, Ryan, Jenna, Sarah and Leah Autet; Samantha, Sharlene, Rebekah and Jessica Harper; Courtney and Megan Laverage; Scott and Amanda Allen. A private family memorial service for the Late Christine Edith Cornwall is to be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Christine may be made to the charity of ones’ choice. Condolences can be forwarded to the family by email at 346-2819 or 782-6091 or www.parklandfuneralhome.com, rbclark@shaw.ca, lavergne@telusplanet.net or by mail to Carol Lavergne at 23 Berry Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4R 1K7. In living memory of Christine Edith Cornwall, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Park


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