Christine Elaine Kendall, 69, of Hampstead, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 15, 2016.
Christine Elaine Herman was born in Hardin, Mont., March 8, 1946, as the second of four children to Waldo G. and Arlene Pitt Herman.
She started her education at Beaver Creek Country School, then moving on to attend elementary and middle schools in Hardin. After graduating from Hardin High School in 1964 with honors, she furthered her education at the College of Great Falls, graduating in May of 1969. While attending college, she met Robert E. Kendall, and they were married on August 23, 1968, in Hardin, Mont. She taught French and Spanish at HHS for two years before she and Bob relocated to Fitchburg, Mass. Their marriage was blessed with the birth of two daughters, Melanie and Jessica.
Christine began her long career in food service as a teenager in local Hardin restaurants. After moving to Massachusetts 1972, she started working for Kmart as a food service manager. She was later promoted to central New York state district food manager, thus transferring to and living in Liverpool, N.Y. She finished her Kmart career as a human resource manager retiring in the spring of 2006. She then relocated to Kansas, where she used her seamstress skills and knowledge to assist her sister, Toni, in the quilting business.
Always selfless and willing to help when needed, Christine moved to the Southeast in 2010, to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren. As a lifelong, avid reader and wonderful cook, she found enjoyment in cooking meals, baking for others and reading to her grandchildren. She will be remembered for her work ethic, her selfless and loving nature, and especially her great sense of humor and extremely quick wit.
Christine was preceded in death by her parents and loving stepfather, Lloyd Lachenmeier. She is survived by her loving daughters, Melanie Kendall of Concord, and Jessica Rooke of Hampstead; five siblings, Terry Eggart (David Barber) of Madison, S.D., David (Jane) Herman, Lakeland, Tenn., Stephanie (Ron) Crum of Hysham, Mont., Mike (Karen) Lachenmeier of Hardin, Mont., and Toni Kay Steere of Council Grove, Kan..; and one granddaughter and five grandsons.
At Christine’s request, she will be returned to her beloved Montana for inurnment in the family plot at a later date.
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