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"LUG" 2007 Obituary


LUGSDIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-31 published
LUGSDIN, Lilie Anine "Chris" (née CHRISTENSEN)
With much regret the family announces the passing of Lilie on October 29, 2007 at Toronto Grace Hospital in her 91st year. Lilie was born on September 28, 1917 in Edmonton, Alberta. Her parents, Niels CHRISTENSEN and Marie Sophie (LAURSEN,) had emigrated from Denmark in 1911. The youngest of the large family, she is predeceased by her sister Sophie and her seven brothers; Christian, Ernst, Werner, Carl, Ewald, Herbert, and Heino CHRISTENSEN. Through the years she was a wonderful aunt and great- aunt and will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their children.
Lilie graduated as a registered nurse from the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton in 1941. She practiced her chosen profession with great dedication working initially in western Canada in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and then Edmonton and Lamont, Alberta. During this period she was also active teaching several courses in the student nursing program. Moving east to Toronto in 1947 she became more focused on medical social work. She contributed significantly to the development of social service departments at Wellesley, Hillcrest, and North York General hospitals. After an eventful and rewarding career in nursing she retired from North York in 1982.
As an educational and leisure pursuit in life Lilie was an avid traveler. Over the years, often with her sister Sophie and other groups of Friends, she visited many fascinating and out-of-the-ordinary locales around the globe. Photos, maps, and lively descriptive narratives were always carefully edited in keepsake albums for captivated Friends and relatives at home.
She lived for the past 22 years at Christie Gardens Seniors Apartments near Christie and Dupont streets in Toronto and thoroughly enjoyed the many close Friendships she made there. In an exhilarating turn of events, she met and then married another resident, W. Ross LUGSDIN in September 1986. The two were a delightful couple and took great pleasure and an active leadership role in the club and social activities at Christie Gardens. However, their particular joy over the succeeding years was to spend the summer months at their charming cottage on Little Hawk Lake in the scenic Haliburton, Ontario area. She is predeceased by Ross who passed away in September 2006 at age 101. Lilie received much support and care from her step-sons Gordon and James LUGSDIN and their families and will be lovingly remembered by them.
In accordance with Lilie's wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral home visitation or service. A private family committal service will take place at a later date in Edmonton, Alberta.
If desired, a memorial donation to the Toronto Grace Hospital Palliative Care Unit, or the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Condolences may be forwarded through Morley Bedford Funeral Services:

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