August 31, 1949– Glasgow, Scotland
May 9, 2023– Calgary, Alberta
With great sadness, we share the news that Christine Mary Barlott of Calgary, AB passed away on May 9, 2023. Over the past few years as her body declined with the progression of multiple system atrophy, Christine lived with acceptance and appreciation of the daily joy of reading, her daughters, family, and friendships from her neighbours and her support system. Christine passed away peacefully at Evanston Grand Village Retirement Community at the age of 73 years old.
Christine was born on August 31, 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland, and was the youngest of four children. She immigrated to Canada when she was 17 years old, in 1966, joining her older siblings and cousins in Ontario where she completed Teachers College. After school, Christine moved out west with her first husband, settling in Kelowna, where her two daughters were born. In Kelowna, Christine met her partner in life, George, and embraced his daughters into her life, before moving to Sherwood Park and later to Calgary.
Christine was proud of her Scottish heritage, and enjoyed hearing her son-in-law, Sandy play the bagpipes, and watching her granddaughter, Kendra Highland dance. Christine had a deep passion for reading, often reading 8-10 books a week. Christine will be remembered for her kindness, loving support, and patience.
Christine is survived by her two daughters, Nicola Gradnitzer McNabb (Sandy McNabb) of Calgary, AB, and Natalie Young (Stuart) of Denver, North Carolina; two step daughters, Leanna Young (Colin) and Laurie Hutchinson (Robyn), of Victoria, BC; and eight grandchildren, Kendra, Duncan, Quinna, Ethan, Tye, Marlee, Reese and Lexi, of whom she was very proud. Christine is also survived by her three siblings, Margaret Woods of Steveston, BC, John (Elanor) Fenton of Oshawa, ON, and Josephine (Robert) Boudingnon of Pickering, ON, and many nieces and nephews.
Christine is predeceased by her husband of 36 years, George Barlott, who passed away last year. She is also predeceased by her parents, James and Christina (Smith) Fenton.
To pay tribute to Christine, please take a moment to sit in the sun and read a good detective novel. As our mom would often say, “You can never be alone or bored if you have a good book to read”.
In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the Movement Disorder Clinic at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. https://www.calgaryhealthfoundation.ca/ (Please note Foothills Medical Centre in ‘area of healthcare’ and Movement Disorders Clinic in ‘I’m giving today because’).
Nicola, Natalie and families. I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I worked with Christine at PPI and she was a lovely person. We shared many stories and she often talked about how proud she was of both of you and all her grandchildren. She had many pictures of all of you on her desk and very proudly displayed the calendars with her grandchildren’s pictures on it. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time. Deepest sympathy.
Jackie & Louis Dechief