October 4, 1950 ~ June 14, 2007
Christine (Chris) Omoto Beezley, DVM, aged 56, a successful and widely loved veterinarian in the South Bay for over 25 years, died Thursday, June 14th, in her home in Torrance, CA.
Chris demonstrated boundless kindness and caring for her animals, and was capable of fierce loyalty and love for her human friends, who ceded ownership of their pets to her. Among the most dreaded questions that a client could get from Chris was, "What have you done to my dog/cat?"
Always quick to laugh, she could entertain for hours with her ability to make the ordinary foibles of her daily life an endless stream of comedic misadventures, in recent years typically starring her youngest daughter Shayne or her husband, Randy.
Born Christine Momi Nagasawa on October 4, 1950 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Chris' childhood was a happy time of going to school barefoot and summers at her Grandparents' home on Lanai where she enjoyed their many acres of flowers.
At 13, Chris spent a summer in Los Angeles with an aunt, where she discovered to her amazement and delight that one could have a job as a doctor for animals. She chose her career at this time, and pursued and led that life with a passion few experience.
Chris attended Farrington High School, where she represented the school and Hawaii as Girl's State Governor, in Jr Miss, at national Speech competitions and served as class president.
Chris married Roy Omoto in 1969 and gave birth to her first child, Paige Alea Omoto on September 12, 1973. Resuming her education, Chris graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science from UH and, raising Paige as a single mother, Chris attended Vet School at Colorado St, where she earned her DVM on May 16, 1981.
Moving to LA, Chris soon established her legacy of dedication to her furry and human friends as the owner of The Village Pet Clinic in the Riviera Village. Her second daughter, Quinn Malia Omoto, was born on January 28, 1982. She met and married her life companion, Randall Scott Beezley, PhD, in their home in the Hollywood Riviera on July 21, 1991 and they were blessed with Shayne Maia Beezley, on December 24, 1991.
Over the years, Chris became the friend of many rescue organizations and cared for the K-9 dogs from Redondo Beach, PVE and Gardena Police Departments as well as the US Customs and Border Patrol. She served as SCVMA President in 1985. She would take on a seemingly endless stream of stray animals brought to her clinic.
For 6 years, Chris battled the cancer that never defined her, and certainly never beat her. When, on March 20, 2007, she learned her cancer had spread to her brain, she knew it was finally time to hang up her stethoscope and focus on this final phase of life.
She was cared for in her home for the next three months by Randy, with the love and support of her family and the many friends and clients whose lives she has touched.
A viewing has been scheduled for Thursday, June 21st, at White & Day's Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd in Torrance, from 5 to 9 pm. A celebration of Chris' life is being planned and will be held later this summer. Announcement of the Life Celebration Event will be published in local newspapers, at The Village Pet Clinic, and on Chris' CaringBridge web site, http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chrisomotobeezleydvm. To continue her legacy of support to animal rescue and adoption, please send tax deductible contributions to 'Chris Omoto Beezley Memorial Fund'
c/o Dr. Randall Beezley, 321 Via San Sebastian, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
Chris is survived by her husband, Randall Beezley, her daughters Paige Omoto, Quinn Omoto, and Shayne Beezley.
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