Christine “Chris” Werner passed peacefully in her sleep on November 30, 2020. She was 81.
Christine Carol Curtis was born December 23, 1938, in Seward, Alaska to Charles and Catherine Curtis. She married George Henry Werner on September 17, 1954. Chris was a life-long resident of Alaska, but lived the winters in Longview, Washington for the past 15 years.
She will be remembered for many things: loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, business owner, mentor, and friend. She was a patriotic American and loved the country she lived in. She was one of the original community members who started the Seward Community Pool fund, enabling many Seward children to receive free swimming lessons.
Chris was a successful business owner — first, with Western Auto, then Christiaan’s Restaurant, T-shirts & Sound, and the Second Hand Store. She taught all three of her children the value of hard work and they worked alongside her in the businesses. After closing her last business and never one to sit idle, Chris started Alaska Blue in which she designed and handmade products herself. She was an avid walker and dog lover. You could often find her walking the bike path with her dog, Sandi.
She cherished spending time with her kids and their spouses, as well as her grandkids. She was always up for a game of cards or cribbage. She valued hosting friends for sewing or different crafts. Many friends and relatives visiting Seward over the years will tell you how hospitable she was. You could be assured to receive a fresh halibut or salmon dinner or be sent home with some smoked salmon. Chris often shared stories about Seward’s history when taking visitors around town to favorite local spots; and was quick to remind others to “get your ten belly laughs in a day” or “don’t accept any wooden nickels”.
Chris is survived by her three adult children, Ken (Stacie) of Seward, Cheryl (Dan) of Eugene, Ore., and Tony (Shannon) of Longview, Wash.; seven grandchildren Samuel (Tanna), Stephen (Nazym), Joshua, Jordan, Courtney, Kennedy, and Kameron, and granddaughter-in-law Megan; one great grandchild, Rose; and her sister Claudette. Chris was preceded in death by her husband, George, and grandson, Cody, brothers, Charles and Claude, and sisters, Charlotte and Caroline.
Chris enjoyed attending Calvary Community Church in Longview and Resurrection Bay Baptist Church in Seward. A celebration of life will be live streamed at 2 p.m. (AST) Monday, December 28 on the Resurrection Bay Baptist Church Facebook page. We are heartbroken that she is not with us on this earth but rejoice in knowing that she will be celebrating her first Christmas in Heaven.