My friend Christine was taken from the world far too soon on March 9th in Yountville, CA. We worked together at a technology consultancy, but we were both transitioning into new careers away from corporate life. From the first time I spoke to her, I could see that her calling was helping other people, and it did not surprise me at all that she went into social work, got her degree, and went on to help veterans in a variety of ways before tragically losing her life doing what she loved. We had many cubicle conversations, lunches, parties and email exchanges…work gossip, life goals, what it meant to be doing something you really loved doing.
I lost touch with Christine after she moved to California several years ago, but the rush of our friendship and the pain of losing her — even after many years— hit immediately when receiving the news. Attending her funeral today, I now understand why. There are many good people, fun people, funny people out there who we’re fortunate to share time with. But to hear many people from all parts of Christine’s life describe the way she touched them, she had a genuine gift for making everyone feel like the best version of themselves…or capable of getting there if they were going through a difficult time. And her commitment to helping those in need was rare and something to be lauded, again and again.
The handwritten quote above was her favorite quote, reproduced on her funeral service card. Rest in peace Christine. I miss you badly, but your spirit will live on forever. #christineloeber #threebravewomen #3bravewomen #yountville