Chris Ozinga

 

Surrounded by love, Chrissie Ozinga (nee Lamorie) passed away at her home on Wednesday, December 2, 2013.

Chrissie was born in Kingston, July 28, 1952.  She was the daughter of Jack and Kaye Lamorie and loving wife of Pieter Ozinga.

Chris grew up in Cornwall, and worked for Bell Canada in Ottawa for 25 years.  

Introduced to Pieter by a dear mutual friend, Gayle Hayes, she and Pieter just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary September 17th, 2013.  

Following their marriage, Chris and Pieter’s first home was in Orleans. Later they found their beautiful home in Aylmer, Quebec which overlooked the Ottawa River.

A few years before Pieter retired, they moved to Morrisburg near the golf course, and in 2010, they found the perfect spot in Morrisburg, this time overlooking the Seaway where they built their home ‘Morning Glory’. 

Friends Heather and Allan Black said when Chris and Pieter moved to Kyle Drive, it didn’t take long to realize what a pleasant, friendly couple they were. They waved to everyone on the street; the neighbours, the golfers going to and from the Morrisburg Golf Course and people just driving by.

Family was extremely important to Chrissie. She was very close to her paternal grandmother, Hilda Lamorie of Arnprior and looked forward with anticipation to visits from her maternal grandmother Margaret Chisholm of Cape Breton. 

She was more of a sister than cousin to Liz Chisholm and Sandy Morin, sister by choice to Steve Richer, beloved Godmother to Jake  Kitts and Nicholas Morin and more aunt than second cousin to Nicholas and Emily Morin.

Chrissie had a quiet sense of humour and a dry wit that often surprised and entertained people. After all, she loved clowns.  

She enjoyed golf and luncheons with her friends.  She loved animals, especially dogs and donkeys, but had a tendency to over treat and spoil the dogs she babysat for family or friends. But you knew that they would be well cared for. 

Chrissie and Pieter loved to entertain: Halloween parties, talent nights, playing cards. If you were having a hard day you knew that at 4 p.m. you would find them sitting by the water (Chrissie’s oasis), on their veranda or in the living room ready with a drink and an ear to listen to whatever was on your mind. 

Chris had a way of making you feel you were the most important part of her day, no matter what was going on in her life.She remembered everything you told her and days or weeks after a conversation she would ask about something you had already forgotten. 

She greeted everyone with a smile, a hug and a genuine ‘How are you?’ 

Chrissie and Pieter enjoyed a quiet life and the occasional trip to visit family on the west and east coasts and in California.  One of their most memorable trips was a cruise to the Caribbean three years ago. 

Chris was a very organized person, she never threw away a  receipt and she made files for everything. 

She fought a hard battle with cancer. She never stopped fighting, and she never questioned her lot in life. She hung on to Pieter and drew strength from him, her family and her friends. 

While going through some papers, we found the following:

What Cancer Cannot Do:

Cancer is so limited…

It cannot cripple love,

It cannot shatter hope,

It cannot corrode faith,

It cannot destroy peace,

It cannot kill friendship,

It cannot suppress memories,

It cannot silence courage,

It cannot invade the soul,

It cannot steal eternal life,

It cannot conquer the Spirit.

Cancer did none of these things to Chrissie. She died at home cared for by Pieter and surrounded by love. She was at peace.

 

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