Christine Anderson Turner, Avon Ind., age 72, passed away Dec. 10, 2018, at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis Ind. She fought a long and brave battle with Multiple Myeloma (blood cancer) for five years.
Christine was born in Berlin N.H. on June 11, 1946. She was the first of five children born to Walter and Lena Derosier Anderson. She attended private French schools, Angel Guardian and St Regis Academy, and then went on to Berlin Junior and Senior High School. She graduated with the class of 1964. After high school, Christine went on to college, graduating from SNHU Manchester N.H., and then graduated from Weaver Airline School in Kansas City, Mo.
Christine had a few jobs over her working years. She began working while still in high school and her first jobs were at Bernie and Daves restaurant and then for Brennan Construction. After moving from Berlin, she worked at Dartmouth College in Hanover N.H., in the Housing Department. Moving to Washington D.C. in her early 20s, she had top security clearance and worked for the CIA. She met her first husband, Ron Bailey, while she was living there and they were married for 35 years. Later on Ron was stationed in Oahu Hawaii for three years and Chris worked for Pacific Construction Company. After returning stateside, Christine worked for Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown N.C. as an administrative secretary. Her final job, from which she retired, was at Edward Rose and Sons, Indianapolis Division, where she worked for 27 years until 2013. At Edward Rose she was a personal secretary to the president and assisted many of the senior managers.
Christine was so full of fun and imagination. She was very loving and caring of her family and friends. She loved her family, animals, crafting, shopping, organizing things, and she LOVED parties. She had an amazing circle of friends. She loved you all so much and was very fortunate to have had true "sister" friends. She also loved eating, as you all know, and that tiny 90-pound girl could out-eat the best of us, especially when it came to fried chicken, her favorite. Christine also absolutely LOVED Halloween! She always came up with a great costume every year including this past Halloween when she was the Queen of Hearts.
Christine was predeceased by both her parents (Father in 1963 and Mother in 1982), a very special Uncle and Godfather, George Grigel, her brother-in-law, Herb Olson in 2016 and her first husband, Ronald Bailey in 2010. She is survived by her husband Dick, a very special Aunt and Godmother, Doris Grigel of White River Jct. Vt., sister Maren Olson of New Castle Ind., brother Erik and Eileen Anderson of Exeter N.H., and sisters Tootsie Anderson of Berlin N.H. and Doreen and Manny Cruz of Somersworth N.H. She also leaves behind one niece, five nephews, six great-nieces, two great-nephews and many cousins. She is also survived by three very long-time friends, Claudette Coutermanch, Manchester N.H., Kathy Gutman Eames, Charlestown N.H., and Theresa Turmel Bilodeau, Westford Mass. Theresa's daughter, Jennifer, was Christine's Godchild. Christine is also survived by all her very dear and close friends who surrounded her with love every day and made her so happy. You were her true happiness and the family is deeply thankful for all of you.
It was Christine's wish to donate her body to Indiana University Medical cancer research so she could possibly help someone else battling multiple myeloma. A memorial service was held on Dec. 22. 2018, at Kingsway Christian Church in Avon Ind. Anyone who wishes to make a donation in her memory-may do so to IU Foundation-Miles for Myeloma, IU Simon Cancer Center, P.O. Box 7072, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7072. It is the wish of her family to lay her to rest with her parents in Berlin.
There are people who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains. To the moon and back, love you Christine.