Frances Christie
1950 - 2020
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Frances Christie
August 28, 1950 - November 3, 2020
Fran left this earth peacefully in the early morning of November 3 at her home in Eugene surrounded by her loving family: husband of 48 years Bob Kieran and two children Kyle and Shannon, after losing her 5 ½ year battle with endometrial cancer. Keeping this fight mostly private, Fran fought courageously against the odds always battling to gain a few more months to spend with those she loved.
Fran taught teenagers for more than 40 years in alternative schools, night school, adolescent recovery programs and for the last 25 years at Sheldon High School developing and running Sheldon Academy, a credit recovery program for those who, for various reasons, were having difficulty keeping up. The threads of the tapestry of Fran's life are woven with the stories of students she helped, of all the 504s and IEPs and meetings with other teachers, of pursuing options for those that needed help, and an absolutely unfailing commitment to provide opportunities for young people to succeed. The resulting image is of a life dedicated to a better community and world through the people she touched, helped, encouraged and cajoled – and helped transition into adults - as concerned for their fellow man as she has always been.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to James Douglas and Muriel Ellen Christie, Fran was always a people person maintaining friendships started in first grade as well as those discovered in her later years, with most calling her a friend for life. Fran worked her way through Simon Fraser University and knew she wanted to teach, receiving her teaching certificate before her 24th birthday, and starting at Northfield Alternative High School on Vancouver Island right away. Alternative school planted a seed in Fran that there were many possible paths for students to learn to become successful and independent, something she nurtured and applied liberally during her professional career, and in life. Many students blossomed and rewarded her with their successes.
Fran is survived by husband Bob, children Kyle and Shannon, sister Pat (Don) of Powell River, B.C., nephews Simon (Katie) and Lukas in B.C. and nieces and nephews Jenny (Kris), Andy (Kathleen), Tim, Emily (Will), Emma, Molly (Kari), Melissa (Jeff), Sean (Kynetta) and numerous grand nieces and nephews. Fran touched many lives with a loving hand, and few who knew her will ever forget. Rest in Peace, dear Fran, to battle no more forever.
No ceremony is planned at this time. In memoriam, please consider a donation to Eugene Education Foundation, Sheldon High School.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 25, 2020
Frani was one of those people that you never forget. Her kindness and generosity of spirit always impressed me. We met over fifty years ago when her and Bob moved in next door and we enjoyed many happy times with our mutual friends. We also bonded over our love of animals, especially our horses. Those are very wonderful memories. My deepest condolences to Bob, Kyle, Shannon and the rest of Fran’s family and all her many friends. She was a such lovely person inside and out.
Lynn Warner
November 23, 2020
Fran was a strong woman and a great co-worker. She truly treated others in the same way she wished to be treated. She was a lovely person, inside and out.
Jan Gordon
November 23, 2020
I worked with Fran at Sheldon High School. Her first concern was always the kids, she helped all without any thought of what program they were in. The kids & staff loved her & she will be greatly missed. My heart is sad to think she is gone, but know that she is on another journey now. Love, Donna
Donna Swan-Sixkiller
November 22, 2020
She will be in our hearts forever. - Meg
November 22, 2020
God rest her soul and god bless her family in these times! Fran was such a special woman to everyone who was lucky enough to have had her! My sister, good friends/peers along with myself had so many good days with her! You will always be remembered as the wonderful woman you were to all of us.
November 22, 2020
I have known Fran for nearly 50 years. We basically shared our lives throughout some crazy times in our youth, through the busy craziness of motherhood and beyond. My memories are too numerous to share here. Yet another memory crops up every day; sometimes several times a day. Even though we lived far apart, Fran remained part of my life fabric. I already miss her terribly.
Janis Horne
November 21, 2020
I was lucky enough to work with Fran at Northfield. Fran, Norm Paul and I took a van load of kids on an epic journey to San Francisco. Great memories! Although I haven't seen her in years I have fond memories of our adventures and parties together with the rest of the staff.
Bye Fran, it was great fun to know you.
Kirk Coleman
Kirk Coleman
November 21, 2020
We will be forever grateful for Fran’s impact on our family and our lives.
Rest In Peace, Fran.
With deepest sympathy,
The Passarelli Family
Barbara and Jeff Passarelli
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