Christine Lida Andrews
Resident of Los Altos
Christine passed peacefully in the morning of June 2, 2011. Born Christine Lida Christensen to Thor and Lucie Christensen on June 29, 1919 in Cotati, CA. She is survived by her 5 children, Coren Andrews, Patricia Kelsey(Don), Lisa Martini, Tracy Wooten, and Dana Andrews (Lisa); her 6 grandchildren, Jason Andrews, Signe Kelsey, Eric Story, Andrew Wooten, Dustin and Morgan Andrews, and one great grandchild, Megan Andrews. Her husband of 62 years, Tom Andrews, preceded her in passing in 2006.
Christine grew up in the Santa Rosa area of California. She attended San Jose State College, majoring in Art. As the story goes, this is where Tom saw her for the first time and fell head over heels for the lovely, petite blond that she was and remained. Christine led a full and vibrant life that included raising her 5 children "up on the hill" - in Los Altos Hills where they lived for decades. There was never a dull moment in the Andrews' household for Christine where she nurtured the children as they grew from infants to independent adults. She rose early each morning with more than one woman could possibly do, but provided an environment of discovery and joy for her brood. She cooked, cleaned, ironed, educated and had occasion to "dispatch" the rattlesnakes up on the hill. Chris and Tom spent the next chapter of their life in Moss Beach which was a sanctuary of relative peace and foggy days, but always hosted the family for delightful holiday celebrations... echoes of times "on the hill". Then, after a short stint in Sacramento, they returned to their beloved Los Altos living in their last home together, supported by their loving and generous friend Linda.
To describe Chris in words is difficult at best because she was a fully dedicated homemaker as well as an artist and intellect all at the same time. She had talents that surpassed most accomplished artists and those talents manifested themselves as paintings, pen and ink drawings, pottery, and photographs. She really tried it all, and produced vivid and breathtaking work. To say she was a good cook is an understatement as can be testified to by the hundreds of people over her life who enjoyed her culinary skills. In the end, words can't quite capture the zeal and appreciation she had for her family, her respect and love of the natural world, and efforts to bring out the beauty she saw in the world through her art.
When one looks at the life of Christine, we hear a symphony, we laugh at her zany funny ways, we are awestruck of her talent, we appreciate her dedication to her family and friends, and we know we were loved. She was in a word, an inspiration to all who knew her.
A Private family memorial will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made in Christine's memory to any animal rescue organization.