Born, March 29, 1957, Christine Adele Jackson was my mom. She was way more than just that, but at her core she was a mother, and a proud one. Her love for her family was true, strong, and deep. I felt her love, it was concrete, palpable. You could hear her love in her voice and feel it in her hard hugs. She held on to us with such strength. And now we have to let go of her a little bit, when we most want to hold on tight.
We the children of Chrissie; Anthony, Teresa, Helen, Jeff and Phil, were privileged to grow up in her care and love. We were lucky to have her as our mother. She adored her granddaughter, Skylar and spent countless hours talking and playing with her, in person and via Skype. She wanted Skylar to know her not only as her grandma but as her best friend. Chrissie loved all children and not just her own. She especially loved babies and was compelled to hold each one she encountered. She had numerous adopted grand babies that she showered with affection.
My mother also loved her massive extended family. She left behind her mother Frances, her siblings; Marty, Brian, Carla, Sheila, Larry, Joel, and Carrie, their spouses, and their combined 21 children. Also, her seven aunts and five uncles, and their children, numbering well over one hundred people in the extended family. Only a handful could name them all and she was one of them.
Faith, her faith, was ultimately important. She believed deeply in God's goodness and in Jesus' love for us and shared her faith with anyone who would let her. She went to Mass every day. She was devoted to several Catholic organizations including Cursillo, Cum Cristo and Poor Clare's. Her community of faith was very important to her.
Mom was an active outdoor woman. She loved to hike with her girlfriends, especially in Glacier Park. She challenged herself to kayak, hike, ride and explore all over Montana.
When mom slowed down for a second she quilted and had several quilts going all the time. Her themes were always about family. The quilts connected her to her Grandma Clark; just as her rugged, can-do, outdoor woman ways, channeled her Grandma J.
For many years Miss Jackson was a dedicated special education teacher at Whittier Elementary School. She tried her best to reach every student that came to her for help. She believed in the value of education as a means of empowerment.
Our mother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, grandma, and friend, Chrissie, is gone from this world. She will be missed. We will always have her with us in our hearts, our minds and our fond memories.
Please join us in remembering Chrissie at her vigil service at Holy Spirit Catholic Church Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. and funeral liturgy also at Holy Spirit Catholic Church Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. A mass dedicated in her honor will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ennis, MT Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and graveside service at the Madison Valley Cemetery to follow.
Any donations in Chrissie's name may be donated to the Poor Clares at 3020 18th Ave S, Great Falls MT 59405. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/greatfallstribune/obituary.aspx?pid=184767914#sthash.NemygFZk.dpuf
Colette "Coco" Engel, 12/3/16
Colette "Coco" Leah Engel (Larson) passed away on December 3rd, 2016, in Seattle, WA, after a long battle with cancer. Coco was born on July 31, 1944, in Bremerton, WA, to parents Paul and Arlene (Lillehaug) Engel, the second of three children. She graduated from High School in Tacoma, WA and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in 1967 with a degree in Education. Coco married Alan W. Larson in 1971. This marriage later ended in divorce. From this marriage were born three sons, Alan Nathan "Nate", Ryan Paul & Todd Reynold.
In 1975, the Larson family moved to Big Sandy, MT, to help Alan's parents with their farm. She went back to school at the age of 60 and became an RN. She continued to work as a nurse until her illness made it impossible to work.
Coco was preceded in death by her parents Paul & Arlene. She is survived by her three sons Alan "Nate" (Christie) Larson; Ryan (Julie) Larson and Todd Larson; grandchildren Damian & Danica Larson; sister Rosie Fabina Engel; brother Paul (Billie Sue) Engel. A celebration-of-life ceremony will be held in her honor on March 11, 2017 at 401 21st St. North, Black Eagle, MT, 59414, 2pm. All are welcome. Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 19, 2017
We Climbed our Last Mountain
When you hike these trails, hike them in memory of each gal listed:
Alderson-Carthew Traverse Chrissie Jackson Flower: Huckleberry
Firebrand Pass Colette Engel Flower: Lady slipper