February 27, 1951 - August 17, 2017
It is with broken hearts that we have to announce the unexpected passing of Kris on August 17, 2017 at her home in Winnipeg at the age of 66.
She was predeceased by both of her parents, Robert and Ethel Taylor, her brother Frank Dussome, her in-laws, Robert and Lorraine Macauley, and her husband, Nelson, who she finally rejoins after 15 years.
She will be remembered by her two children, Kathryn (Joe), and Kevin (Dana) along with her beloved grandchildren Justice Casey, Kevin Jr., Alexa, Liam, and Landon. Left to mourn beautiful aunt Krissy’s loss are the countless family, nieces, and nephews, and the many friends that she had made over the years.
Kristina was born and raised in Selkirk, Manitoba in 1951. She worked as a teacher’s aide in Selkirk after her schooling. Kris was also a volunteer at the Selkirk General Hospital and this is where she met Terry Macauley, a chance meeting that would change her life.
She later met Nelson Macauley of Beausejour, Manitoba, and the two were married in March 1972. As a result of their military life, Nelson and Kris travelled all over Canada and the world to such places as CFS Moosenee, ON, CFS Gypsumville, ON, CFB Cold Lake, AB (where both their children were born), CFB Goose Bay, NL, CFS Beausejour, MB, CFB Alsask, SK, CFS Holberg BC, CFB Winnipeg, MB, as well as a NATO posting in Geilenkirchen, Germany.
Kristina was a stay at home mom for her children until they went to school full-time. Afterwards, she took part-time jobs so she could be at home for her children and grandchildren as needed. Afterwards, she worked in the public service until her retirement in 2008.
Mom was diagnosed with Lupus and Anti-Phospholipid Syndrome in 1995, but that never stopped her from doing the things she loved.
Most of her favourite memories revolved around her family, whom she loved and adored, especially her children and grandchildren. She loved getting the family together, be it for a trip to Patricia Beach, a long road trip, or a simple family dinner. A family trip to the Keukenhof in the Netherlands to see the tulips was one of her favourites, and she talked about it often. A recent trip to San Francisco with her son and grandkids, a city she and Nelson had always wanted to visit, came as a surprise and a dream come true. Finally, the wedding of her son in Ottawa brought her whole family back together and she was the happiest she had been in a long time.
She was very generous with her time and was always there to lend an ear, even if it was a three in the morning. She was never far from the phone. Mom was there with open arms if you didn’t want to talk but needed a hug. There was nothing she wouldn’t do, at all humanly possible, for her family or friends.
Kris was well-loved and easy to get along with, and had a welcoming personality – which explains the many friends that she has made throughout all of the postings, many of whom Mom was still in contact with to this day, including Pat and Teresa.
She treated everyone that she met as family and as one of her own, and Mom had an open door policy. The first drink was on her and the fridge and cupboards were open. She would act offended if you asked a second time, but deep down, she enjoyed it, and the company.
Kristina loved to crochet and knit and there was never a time you couldn’t find a half-finished piece around the house. It could be mittens (with or without the strings), table cloths, toques, or a baby blanket for a friend. She used to say it helped with the arthritis so she just kept on knitting. At one point in the winter, she had knitted enough mittens and toques to donate to the homeless shelters because that’s what Mom would do.
Kristina, Mom, will be remembered and loved by many, especially by those whose lives she impacted over the years, which were many. Many will remember the “eyes on the back of her head” and the many Mrs. Macauley-isms such as “The counter is for glasses, not -----!” and “Get two hands on there”, among many others she had.
Ever since the death of her husband fifteen years ago, she has never been the same. She lived for and loved her family, especially her grandchildren, but something was missing…
Kristina is finally back in the arms of the love of her life, Nelson. You are finally together. Rest now Mom and be at peace knowing you are loved and will be remembered.
Remember her fondly, for our memories of Kristina are what we have to keep her alive in our hearts. You will never be forgotten.
As per Mom’s wishes, there was no formal funeral service. A small private ceremony has taken place, where she was interred with Dad and Sylxia.
Last Words of an Angel
Do not cry for me tomorrow
Put away those tears and sorrow,
I am gone but not forgot.
And know that love, I got a lot.
I have left for another land and
I really hope that you understand,
I did not leave because our past
And our memories are unsurpassed.
Do not let this get you down,
Wipe your face, remove that frown,
Lift your chin, walk like a man,
And do the things I know you can.
Stand up straight, walk with pride, and
Always know that I’m right by your side.
I may not be around down there,
But in your heart I’m everywhere.
I hope that you can forgive/forget
The many things that I regret,
I know that this is overdue
But remember always, I love you.
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