Life Tribute – Cristine Kay Calac

Cristine Kay Calac

On Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, Cristine Kay Calac, devoted wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away in Susanville, California at the age of 70.

Kay moved to Susanville in 1973 where she met and married her husband Don Calac. She was loved by many and, although she was a little on the bashful side, those who knew her knew of her passions and her deep convictions, especially those involving patriotism.   She was a women of wisdom (well read) and you could always count on her sharing her common sense and direction. Her proudest accomplishments were her children. She loved and cherished her family deeply and always looked forward to the next family gathering. She loved listening to music while sitting outside in her beautiful backyard, where she proudly displayed her flowers that she had planted in the spring. She always had a puzzle going and carried a novel, dictionary, thesaurus, and crossword puzzle book with her wherever she traveled.

Kay was born on June 10, 1950, in Tucson, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her mother Betty Crabtree; fathers, Josh Crabtree and Leonard Smith; brother, Russell Crabtree; and sister, Patty Lowery. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Donald Calac, of Susanville, CA; her daughters, Dana Gillaspie, of Roseville, CA, Debra Silkwood, of Auburn, CA, Dawn Martin, of Alturas, CA, and Margot Quick, of Roseville, CA; her sister, Gail Parish, of Valley Center, CA; her brothers, James Crabtree, Jesse Crabtree, and John Crabtree of Bandon, OR; her grandchildren, Cassie Edwards, Lindsay Truscelli, Levigh Shively, TJ Shively, Jessica Shively, Daniel Martin, Collin Martin, Mya Quick, and Jayden Quick; her great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Colovos, Carson Colovos, Nora Truscelli, Jaxson Martin, Carter Martin, and Luke Martin; and her sweet puppy Bella Mae, who was given to her as a gift from her daughters.

Her family’s time with her was suddenly cut short and the loss has been unbearable.  Kay was a woman of faith and knew that she would be joining her family who passed before her.   A private memorial will be held later this summer, per Kay’s wishes.