Christine Elizabeth Allen

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Christine Elizabeth Allen passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in a tragic rock slide accident in a remote canyon near Moab, Utah. After having picked up Christine and her sister, Lorine from Wyoming Catholic College, the Allen family was camping on their return to San Luis Obispo when the accident occurred. Christine's freshman year capped her life of love and blessings to others. Born in 1994 at the Allen home in San Luis Obispo, Christine was the fifth of seven beloved children. She treasured her Catholic faith, family and friends, having been raised in the communities of the Old Mission Church and the Central Coast Catholic Homeschoolers. She enjoyed singing in the Youth Choir, being a cantor at Mass and Assistant Catechist. She participated in AYSO soccer, YMCA and club basketball and swam for the SLO Seahawks and Junior Lifeguards. She was also active with the Liber Speech and Debate clubs, local theater productions, NCFCA Speech and Team Policy Debate National Finalist and Stoa Expository Speech National Finalist, in addition, she helped plan many local home school events. Having competed in the 2012 Lions' Club Speech Contest, she won three times up to the district level. A proud member of Edna 4-H for eight years, she served the last three years as president. She showed seven market animals at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles and sold them at the Junior Livestock Auction. For the last five years, she formed syndicates to buy her steers and donate their meat to the Food Bank. Passionate about horses, she rode in 4-H county horse events for six years and earned the 2012 National Championship Horse Demonstration award in Colorado. Christine received the Heritage Foundation College Scholarship in August 2012. Wyoming Catholic College (WCC) blessed her with a year of deep personal growth, spiritually, intellectually and physically. Beginning with her three week backpacking leadership orientation expedition, followed by many phenomenal classes, she grew in knowledge and the understanding of God's beauty in creation. Nurtured by caring faculty and college staff, she flourished, having dug deeper into spiritual and intellectual truths and strengthened her love of God. Christine enjoyed rich friendships with her fellow students and professors. Having loved WCC, she wished to make a difference in the young college. She dreamed of using her junior livestock background to help establish a working cattle project on the new college campus. Her hobbies included cooking, good conversations, horseback riding, snowboarding, doing the SLO Triathlon, backpacking, basketball and her newest sport, Ski Joring. Christine will be deeply missed by her siblings Chelsea, David, Grace, Lorine, Mary and Jonathan; parents, Andy and Debbie; grandmothers Sue Pruner and Elaine Pruner; and over 50 aunts, uncles and cousins. The recitation of the rosary for Christine will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Old Mission Church. A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Christine at 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, also at the Old Mission, with Christian burial at the Old Mission Cemetery, purple attire encouraged. A barbecue reception will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Old Mission Parish Hall, prepared by Edna 4-H. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christine Allen's Memorial Fund at any Rabobank branch. The fund will be used to support the things Christine loved, including Wyoming Catholic College and 4-H. Wheeler-Smith Mortuary 543-5871 San Luis Obispo

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Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on May 15, 2013