October 12, 2018
Our very special wife, mother, and friend Christine Elizabeth Demecha died on October 12th after a courageous four-year battle with cancer. Christine (Chris) leaves to mourn, Mark, her husband and soul-mate of 32 years, children Jacob and Erin, their border collie Popeye; father Bernie Kent (Diane), her brothers David (Becky), Kevin (Joanna) and her many, many friends. Chris was predeceased by her mother Margaret Kent, and her infant sister Janice Kent.
Chris was destined to be a great wife, mother and friend, and she fulfilled her destiny. Chris had a competitive spirit. In her early years Chris enjoyed many sports including skiing, basketball and fastball. In Grade 10 she was awarded a Double Large Block in recognition of her participation in many sports. Chris also played basketball for Cariboo College.
After high school Chris attended Cariboo College and Simon Fraser University where she graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. She subsequently received accreditation as a Certified Event Planner from Mt. Royal University in Calgary. Chris worked for the BC Lottery Corp in Kamloops and in Richmond.
She married Mark in 1990 and moved to Nanaimo in 1993. Chris worked for Vancouver Island University (Malaspina University College) for 25 years. Her latest position was as Coordinator of Public Relations and University Events.
Most of all Chris loved and enjoyed being with her family and their home. She loved them unconditionally and worked to help them become the very best they are capable of becoming. Most recently she enjoyed camping and spending time in their freshly-landscaped yard with the water feature they called “Chris’ Creek.”
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to close friends Sandy Baird, Margit Rogers, Shelley Johnstone, Vanya Beck, Leslie Bajkov; colleagues Janina Stajic and Monica Tysowski; family doctor Dr. Diana Ruffel, and the entire Oncology/Palliative teams in Nanaimo and Victoria for their outstanding care, compassion and support.
A Celebration of Chris’ life will be held at Sands Funeral Home, 1 Newcastle Avenue, Nanaimo, BC on Monday, October 22nd, 2018, at 1 pm. Reception to follow.
Memorial gifts may be made in Chris’ name to the BC Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.