In Loving Memory Onita M. Crosbie. March 4, 1922 – November 11, 2013. Our beautiful and loving mother, grandmother and sister, Nita, passed away on November 11, 2013 after enduring a number of illnesses that presented physical challenges but never took away her good spirits and optimism. Born March 4, 1922 on Sagona Island, Newfoundland, she lived many lives in different parts of the country. Nita is survived by her daughters Margot and Katherine, their husbands Stephen Lane and Martin Lockyer, her grandchildren Griffin and Emily Lockyer, her sisters Sadie Hamilton, Clarissa (Charles) Stevenson, Dorcas (Stan) Keller, and Shirley Burgess. She also leaves brother-in-law Norm Tiller, sisters-in-law Sylvia Keeping and Mary Crosbie as well as many nieces and nephews. After leaving Sagona to pursue her nursing studies at Grace Hospital in St. John’s, NL she worked in various cottage hospitals in Newfoundland before travelling to Toronto for bigger opportunities. After meeting her future husband William (Bill) Crosbie in Muskoka she moved to Windsor, Ontario and married in 1952. She pursued various interests (golfing, bowling, bridge, gardening, ceramics) travelled with her husband and friends (after Bill’s untimely death in 1978) and volunteered with the IODE and the May Court Club. Nita moved back to St. John’s to join Katherine and enjoyed many happy years with family and friends and watching her grandchildren grow up. She continued her interest in financial affairs and enjoyed entertaining in the home she had decorated and was so proud of. Her next life was in British Columbia where she moved to White Rock to be closer to her grandchildren and lived for 9 more years. She overcame cancer and lupus but eventually other illnesses took their toll and her last year presented many physical challenges. Nita passed away on November 11, 2013 at Peace Arch Hospital where she was very grateful for the care of the nurses on 6 North.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity at 15115 Roper Avenue, White Rock, BC, followed by a reception at Katherine and Martin’s home. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation in memory of Nita to the United Ostomy Association of Canada Inc. http://ostomycanada.ca/donations or by sending your donation to 344 Bloor Street West, Suite 501 Toronto, ON M5S 3A7.