Christine Leona Croft

Christine Leona Croft

Nov. 26, 2003 – Feb. 2, 2021

Christine Leona Croft, 17, of Billings died tragically in a car accident on February 2, 2021.

Christine was born in Laramie on November 26, 2003, to parents Michael and Michelle (Dickson) Croft. She arrived the day before Thanksgiving, a gift to a grateful mom and dad.

At the time of her death, Christine was a junior at Billings Senior High School and the Career Center. She was enrolled in honors and AP courses, a member of the senior high chamber choir and active in the S.T.E.M. Club. A social justice warrior, Christine participated in the senior high’s Gay-Straight Alliance Club.

Christine loved learning and had a deep appreciation for her teachers. She attended elementary school at Boulder, Poly Drive and Rose Park in Billings. In fifth and sixth grade, Christine was accepted into the extended studies classroom at Rose Park. In this class, Christine made friendships that she maintained until her death. To both Christine and teacher Darla Williams’ credit, she blossomed in this classroom and learned skills that would focus the trajectory of her education.

She attended Lewis and Clark Middle School and participated in math club and select choir. At this time, Christine was a member of a local Lego Robotics team. This team was able to compete at an international Lego Robotics competition in Houston, Texas.

Christine loved books and was an aspiring school librarian. At most moments, Christine could be found reading a book or looking for a new book in the school library. She worked for one year as a school library aide at Lewis and Clark. Christine’s favorite books were Harry Potter and all of the mythology books by Rick Riordan. Recently, Christine’s reading passion was Japanese Manga and anything in the horror genre. Truly, Christine’s literary interests were broad, and she sought out anything printed and bound.

Christine was an exceptional writer and artist. She worked extensively on collaborative writing platforms that included sketching and developing animated characters.

She was a friend to many and sought out opportunities to befriend those on the fringes. She looked forward to any moments she could spend with her closest friends Alison, Luke, Khadron and Louise.

Christine was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a member of the church’s Young Women organization, Christine’s favorite times were spent hiking, camping at girls camp and learning from phenomenal leaders.

Christine is survived by her parents, Michael and Michelle; sisters Emma, 14, and Julia, 10, and brothers Jacob, 11, and William, 5, all of Billings; grandparents Brian and Linnea Dickson of Lovell, Wynn Croft of Billings, Cindy Croft and Jay Hunder of Powell; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her aunt, Shannon Dickson.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate Christine was held Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2929 Belvedere Drive.

The family requests memorial tributes be directed to Christine Croft’s Benefit Fund to assist with medical and funeral expenses. These contributions can be made at any Yellowstone Bank.

Additionally, to honor Christine, the Croft family encourages curling up with a good book.

Smith’s Funeral Home, Billings, handled the arrangements.