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Kristine Smith


02/05/1956 - 08/27/2014 Obituary
Kristine Smith Obituary
Kris passed away peacefully at home on August 27, 2014, with her husband Rick at her side. Kris put up a courageous battle against melanoma cancer. She faced her situation with dignity and grace and was an uplift and comfort to others. Throughout her life she was loved by all who knew her.
Kris grew up in Afton, Wyoming. She graduated from Star Valley High School in 1974. She was assistant editor of the school newspaper, a member of the Pep Star team, and the National Honor Society. She was honored as her class salutatorian.
After high school Kris attended Brigham Young University on an academic scholarship. She graduated from BYU on April 21, 1978 with a bachelors Degree in Early Chilhood Education/Family Relations. It was a momentous day because she also married her sweetheart Rick in the Provo LDS Temple.
Kris and Rick relocated to Bakersfield in 1981. Shortly thereafter Kris began working at the CSUB Children's Center, where she was employed until the time of her death.
On June 19, 1994, Kris gave birth to their son, Connor. She loved being a mother more than anything else. Kris was involved in the PTA and volunteered in Connor's classrooms. She was a club Scout Den Mother and served in many youth organizations in her church and loved children. Most of all Kris was an avid fan at Connor's baseball games and activities.
Kris also enjoyed classical movies, traveling, stage plays, church activity, and spending time with friends and family. Upon learning of her diagnosis, she was disappointed because she could no longer be an organ donor.
In lieu of flowers, Kris requested that people perform an act of kindness in her memory. She stated, "I know that when I pass away I will be healthy, I will be able to see my parents, and see Rick's mom and dad. I will be a guardian angel for Rick and Connor."
Kris is survived by her husband, Rick and son Connor of Bakersfield, her brother Mike Jensen of Lubbock, Texas, and sisters Debra Arnold of Ogden, Utah, and Ruth Ann Jenson of Afton, Wyoming. Kris was preceeded in death by her parents Royal and Charlene Jensen of Afton, Wyoming.
Services will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:00 am, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 9900 White Oak Road, Bakersfield. Following the service Kris, will be laid to rest at Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary.
Rick and Connor want to thank their neighbors, Kris' friends from CSUB, our church family from Laurelglen Ward, and the support and love of Hoffman Hospice.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 2014
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