Christine
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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  1. Thank you for the gift of knowing such a warm generous lady who’s compassion for my pets was greater than any other. You will be remembered fondly forever.

  2. Paige, I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I only met your mom a few times, I thought she was a very nice lady. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  3. To the Beezley Family, My sincere condolences and sympathy on the passing of your wife and mother. She was a remarkable, wonderful and amazing person. I miss her immensely, as a person, friend and doctor to my dogs. I will never forget her. She touched my life with her caring and her humor.

  4. It was my daily fervent prayer that Dr. O would live forever. How many vets call you to tell you they have sent an e-mail? Call you? Send an email? Dr. O is one of a kind. After many bad and some tragic veterinary experiences I gratefully found Dr. O. Her ethics set her apart, her honesty must be legendary, her kindness unabounding, and her knowledge, sociablilty, sense of humor and deep spirituality always made the wait in her office worth the time. THE BEST is alway worth the wait. No matter how busy, Dr. O always took the time to chat, kiss the pets, sit on the floor with them and love them I’m sure many friendships have been made in the waiting room at Village Pet Clinic. I love and cherish my time knowing her and even though I will miss her here, I am sure she is watching over us from another plane. How lucky we are to have known her and had her in our lives. I remember when I decided to get guinea pigs and rabbits, she gave me a test to make sure I knew my stuff before okaying my rescue. With 28 pets, I will miss her as will they, but I feel so blessed to have known and loved her and been the recipient of her light. Always with deep love, Sherry Silver and the paws.

  5. I have known Chris since the late 80’s. She has always been respected for her knowledge, for her caring of the animals (our kids), and her concern for us when hard decisions had to be made. We loved her for this. She often spoke about her family and family activities. Our last visit with her was candid and she emphasized her love for her family. While it is not possible to feel your grief please be assured we share in your sorrow. We have all, especially the animals, lost a very compassionate and caring person. A true friend who will be missed but always carried in our hearts. Gary and Janet Wiley Redondo Beach

  6. How sad to read about Chris. She was a nice lady and wonderful Vet. I will never forget calling Chris at 2:00am to tell her that one of our dogs was not doing well. She said to meet her at the office eventhough she had a little baby at the time. She met us there and diagnosed my dog as having an anxiety attack (weird I know)and gave her a pill to settle her down. It was about 4:00am by this time and I thanked her and told her we would go home. But NO. Chris says “lets just watch her for a little while” to make sure she is OK. We ended up leaving her office around 5:00am. When my dogs died several years later Chris put them to sleep and we both held each other and cried. She was so loving. Chris was involved with both of our dogs lives from the time we started taking them in which was over 13 years. We have not been in touch with her for many years but whenever we are at Von’s and we look over at her office we think of her. We know how hard it is at this time in your lives but be happy that she was able to touch so many people with her gentle and kind ways. Love

  7. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of Dr Christine Omoto at this very difficult time.

  8. I have never known a veterinarian that touched me, and my family more. I know that all the animals that she cared for, and are now gone, are up in heaven, wagging they’re tails, so happy to see her they all Loved her. When she had to put my little dog Annie to sleep,because she was so sick, I sat in the car, while my husband stayed with her, Dr. came out to the car with my little Annie wrapped in a towel, and handed her to me, I will never forget that beautiful women, and her memory will live on with all the caring things she did,for all of the animals, and people in the South Bay. Our Deepest Sympathy, to her Family, and Loved Ones Maria Pepper, and Husband Les Houy

  9. South Bay pets and people who care about them have lost a great friend and a lovely lady. Dr. Omoto was an amazing, caring person who truly loved the animals she treated. She also had a great way with their owners, often (like me) confused and concerned about their fuzzy friends. I would like to offer my condolences to her family for their untimely loss.

  10. My husband and I have been lucky enough to have had Dr. Omoto as our Vet since 1995. Dr. Omoto was genuine and had a real gift with animals. She would meet us anytime for emergencies, always willing to help in any situation. We are very sad that she is gone and will miss her terribly. We will never meet a kinder Vet/Person. She was definately one of a kind. She will nerver be forgotten.

  11. To the family of Dr. Omoto, Scratchy was a gift to my daughter when she turned five. Of course, with a new kitten comes the need for a vet. The Village Pet Clinic was conveniently located within 5 minutes of our house. This turned out to be as serendipitous as it was convenient because Dr. Omoto became our vet. Dr. Omoto was an animal person AND a people person as well. She was warm and reassuring. We had total confidence in her as she treated Scratchy for the TWO TIMES he was hit by a car during his 10 years of life. When we went on a trip, The Village Pet Clinic was our choice for boarding him. Then, when Scratchy was on his 9th life and went into congestive heart failure, Dr. Omoto prolonged his life so that my daughter could get home from school. This allowed my daughter to gently hold Scratchy while Dr. Omoto ‘put him down.’ The scene was tearful for my then 15 year old daughter and me. Shedding tears along with us was our dear Dr. Omoto. As she cried and petted him, she said with all sincerity, “Scratchy was a great cat.” She knew him and loved him as we did. Dr. Omoto was a compassionate, wonderful person. When I heard her cancer had returned, she was often in my prayers. My hope is that she is currently on staff with St. Francis of Assisi. Sympathy and prayers, Sharon Craig-Insalata

  12. To the Omoto/Breezley Family, Lisa and I wanted to share our deepest condolences with all of you. We have all lost someone very special and Chris will forever be in our hearts and memories. As with so many, she helped us with our fourlegged family members. In fact she helped us through one of the most difficult times for our family. We had to put our beloved Koko down and Chris came to our home to do it with us. We will always be indebted to her for her kindness and compassion. We will also remember her for her willingness to share her knowledge and sense of humor. We spent many visits with her trying to figure out Koko’s trouble. Chris was our “touchstone” as we always returned to her to get a loving, but realistic interpretation of what the many specialist told us. Finally, she gave us the needed nudge to put our Koko out of her misery. We shed a tear for Koko just thinking about her and we shed a tear for our beloved doctor and friend, Chris. The best to all of you during these difficult times. Lisa and Warren Furutani PS: Chris met our two new family members, Sweetie and Maggie, before she stopped going to the clinic.

  13. Our deepest sympathy. There’s little we can do or say right now… but hope it helps to know our heartfelt thoughts and sympathy are with you. Dr. Omotto had an enormous heart for all her animals! She will be deeply missed by all of us!

  14. Where do you start? Dr. Omoto was the best. After meeting Chris at a veterinary facility in Gardena, CA back in the 80’s. The next time we returned Chris had relocated. We knew we had to find her and we did at her Village Pet Clinic. She was our Vet and good friend. Although I currently live in Arizona, nothing will keep me from attending Chris’ life celebration event, when it is announced. Our deepest condolences to Randy and the girls. And to all of Chris’ friends that will miss her terribly.

  15. Dr. Omoto first saw our rescued cocker puppy about 5 years ago when she determined “Kolohe” was about 5 months old. She walked in and introduced herself & said “Kolohe! I know that name. She’s a little rascal, isn’t she?” Dr. Omoto was the first person that we didn’t have to explain Kolohe’s name. We will miss her dearly. Our condolences to the family. ELMER & MARIAN CHU KOLOHE & KITTY BOBO

  16. Chris was an inspiration to all of us who were lucky enough to be her classmates in veterinary school at Colorado State University. She was a single mom who managed to raise Paige, and finish vet school with passion. She will be missed. Woody Walker, CSU 81

  17. On June 20th, I was deeply shocked and sadden to learn that my old friend Chris Omoto had passed. I knew Chris in the early 80’s when we worked together at Bay Cities Pet Hospital in Torrance. We became fast friends and spent a lot of time together. Her love of animals was very evident in her work. One of my greatest memories was driving her home from the hospital after she had Quinn. Over the years we lost contact, but I always will remember the fun times we had together and of course that infectious laugh! My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family and loved ones.

  18. Christine will forever be in our hearts. She was truely a lovely person and a great vet. We’ll miss her, Terri, John, “Fred” & Booboo

  19. Being from Hawaii, Chris was always cheerfully dismayed at snow storms in late Spring. For four years I would always tell her “this is highly unusual”. I remember one day in May she came blowing in the door with snow in her hair, looked at me in exasperation and said “I know highly unusual”, then broke into peals of laughter. We were older than most in our class and remembered together old commercial jingles from TV (eg: Bosco)and would sing them together and then laugh stupidly. I love those memories, Chris lives on in my heart.

  20. Dr. Omoto You were such a nice lady. Always smiled and you made me feel better when my dog was sick. I really miss you.

  21. To the family of Christine Omoto Beezley, I extend my deepest sympathy to you. May your fondest and happiest memories comfort you in this time of grief. All who knew her loved her. She will be missed by all of her many friends. With my deepest sympathy. Kerry Zesiger

  22. Chris was just one of those rare human beings who touched the soul of everyone she knew. She was living proof that attitude is everything. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  23. I can’t believe it’s almost a year that she’s been gone. I came across her obit on my desk this morning, totally by chance, and was shocked to see the confluence of the dates. I still miss her and tear up as I write this. She had a great heart.

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