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Christine Marie “Chris” Childers, age 71, died peacefully in her home in Vero Beach after a lengthy battle against cancer. She is survived by her husband William Childers and her brother, Dr. Thomas Johnson. Chris was loved by many other Childers family members, her many friends, coworkers, students, and neighbors. Her parents Harry and Gull-Britt Johnson were hard-working Swedes that loved her dearly. Chris left her childhood home in Virginia and started a new life in Gainesville at University of Florida finally earning her Master’s in Social Work.
She met William when they worked together at Broward Community College where she was employed as Director of Staff Development, and they have been married for 30 years. Chris retired from her higher-education career as Director of the Career Center at Lynn University.
She always loved traveling and has visited 5 continents, 49 states and 31 US national parks. Chris always loved flora, fauna, and the natural world, was an avid birder, boater, tennis player, golfer, and snow skier. She was a certified Florida Nature Guide, served on the Board of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, and was a member of the Estes Park Women’s Club and a land monitor for the Estes Valley Land Trust for 7 years when they lived next to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. After moving back to Vero Beach, Chris turned her attention to flora and found McKee Gardens and joined as a Gatekeeper. She loved all animals but especially her white Shiba Inu, Yuki. Chris was a beautiful, talented, intelligent wife that shared a magnificent life with a loving husband, friends, and family. She battled Lymphoma the last 2 years here and at Moffitt in Tampa, never giving up like the true Viking warrior that she was.
Chris will be forever missed and never forgotten. An irreplaceable angel has flown into her God’s house, and she will be loved there too.
Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.