Aug. 31, 1949 – May 1, 2014
Christine Kay Pearson died peacefully on Thursday, May 1, 2014, surrounded by her loving husband and sons. Chris was born in Hastings, Neb., Aug. 31, 1949, to Edward and Mary Ellen Skinner.
A celebration of her life was held Tuesday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lovell.
Her early years were spent in central Nebraska as the daughter of a Nebraska farmer where she and sisters Judith and Carol filled the roll of farmhands for Daddy. Stories were told (and stretched) of life on the farm. True to those roots, she was a loyal Nebraska Cornhusker fan, attending as many games as possible.
Chris spent 38 years in Lovell bouncing from one sporting activity to another following her sons’ and later others’ efforts. She avidly followed all Lovell school activities in later years, loving local youth as a substitute teacher and volunteering as a reading coach in the early grades.
Chris married her high school boyfriend, Keith Russell, on Sept. 29, 1968. This union was blessed with three sons: Dan (Robin) Russell of Phoenix, Matt (Christy) Russell of Cheyenne and Doug (Lara) Russell of Kalispell, Mont.
She especially loved and was blessed by five grandchildren: Alex, Brietta, Zach, Rylan and Colton. She found great joy in supporting and loving them in all of their various ventures and adventures.
On Aug. 4, 1990, Chris married and entered into a long and loving life with Jeff Pearson, and the two spent time traveling to Spain, Alaska, Canada and the Caribbean, as well as numerous places in the American West. They also had a special home away from home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for a week or two a year. Jeff also introduced Chris the flatlander to his love of the local outdoors in the mountains and desert.
Chris was preceded in death by her parents and sister Carol. She leaves her dear sister Judith Skinner of Prescott, Ariz., husband Jeff and her sons and their families.
Chris loved and was loved by her community. She actively participated in the Lovell School Board, serving as chairman for many years, the board of directors of the Wyoming School Boards Association, the PTA, Cub Scouts and youth sports leagues. She was a very loving and active member of the United Methodist Church.
Friends and loved ones gathered to share laughs, stories and love during her last weeks to help ease the pain.
Memorials may be given to the North Big Horn Hospital Foundation, the Lovell Library, the Lovell United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.