Christa Jane Edwards
December 28, 1978 to May 19, 2020
Christa passed away at the U of A Hospital following a lengthy battle with Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome. She is survived by loving parents- Gordon and Doris Edwards; her fiance’- Brent Purin; and three brothers- Jason (Jasmine), Graham and Chad (Ashley). Christa was also loved by nephews Lucas and Jackson Edwards and her late grandparents- Florence and Henry Mattis; Edith and Charlie Edwards.
Christa was born at Hanna, AB and was a special 1978 Christmas gift for her family; and she was named accordingly. Our beautiful and thoughtful little girl showed strong academic ability plus an artistic flair at an early age and completed all of her education in Edmonton. After graduating from high school with honours, she attended the U of A studying biological sciences in addition to as many visual arts courses that she was able to add to her studies. Christa’s primary interests always tilted more towards her artistic side and she truly enjoyed spending time painting and being creative. Nobody was surprised that she spent several years working as a talented graphic designer and communications specialist.
Christa brought a positive energy to many through her lovely and empathetic soul; and became a true soulmate to Brent. Christa and Brent faced her recent severe health challenges with amazing strength, courage and determination. Her family will also be forever grateful for the wonderful care that many health professionals provided to Christa, especially those staff at the U of A and Glenrose Hospitals. Her loved ones ask that you consider making a donation to a healthcare foundation of your personal choice.
Christa will be in our hearts forever- Brent and the Edwards family will be forever grateful for the many kind thoughts and acts of kindness that we have received.
“Starry, starry night – Flaming flowers that brightly blaze” *
*Note: These lyrics are from Don McClean’s song, Vincent, which was a tribute to the life and works of Vincent Van Gough- Christa’s favourite painter. Van Gough’s well known paintings, Starry Starry Night and Sunflowers, were Christa’s favourites. She even named her pet parakeet- “Vinnie”.