LEITH, Charline Naomi (nee Hirtle)
September 14, 1966 - August 1, 2012
Our beautiful and beloved Charline passed away peacefully with grace and dignity after a courageous fight against cancer. Charline was the epitome of style and had exquisite taste. Her encyclopedic knowledge and her gifted eye for interior design, fashion and quality were enviable and she always looked great. She was loyal, genuine, and generous. All her friends and relatives admired her and were inspired by her. Her strength was equal only to her heart that beat with love for all those around her right to the end. Charline is missed beyond measure by her husband Murray, sons Michael and Patrick, parents Bruce and Bernadette, brothers Sean (Taryn) and Blair (Chris), many aunts, uncles, cousins, and hundreds of friends. She was determined and brave and we all loved her sense of humour and zest for life. Charline was feisty and instilled strength, wanting us to be the best we could be. She sparkled no matter where she went. Her effervescence would instantly light up a room and the spirit of those around her. Charline was born and raised in Vancouver. She studied art history, traveled throughout Europe, and lived in London, England where she enjoyed her dream of working in high-end fashion, before returning to Vancouver. Among the many places she vacationed, Vaseaux Lake was a place close to her heart, where she would bring her own family in later years. She was devoted to her husband, Murray, and a life with him and her sons. She was very organized: her home, her boys, her clothes, her schedule and she continued to style and organize her life even to the end. Charline had a natural skill at making and retaining friendships, which reminded everyone of what really matters in life. To call Charline amazing is an understatement. We will never forget her gorgeous smile, beautiful hands, cute rounded face, and olive green eyes that were luminescent, unique to no one else but our dear Charline. Charline, our hearts are broken, but we will cherish our memories of you and go forward enjoying friends and family and embracing life. That's what you would want us to do. We would like to thank all those who helped to take such good care of Charline and her family. A vigil prayer service will be held on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 8:00pm at St. Augustine's Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 11:00 am at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 2028 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. In lieu of flowers, buy yourself something fabulous.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, 2012