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December 2, 2020


It is with great sadness that we say farewell to a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and cousin on November 19th, 2020. Christine was born in Tacoma, Washington to Douglas and Delores Auvil and spent her childhood in Everett. When she went to college at Seattle University she met the love of her life, Richard Walsh. In 1974 they married and raised 3 beautiful children together in the Pacific Northwest.

Christine was a social butterfly. Her curiosity of others made her a great conversationalist. She took this curiosity and carried it with her through her various travels. Having worked in the industry as a travel agent and tour guide, she enjoyed countless trips around the globe and thrived when learning about other cultures. She would often reminisce about some of her favorites including the Galapagos Islands and New Zealand. The islands of Hawaii were also held close to her heart and her visits there were countless. A part of her soul will forever reside on Sugar Beach in Maui.

For many years, her hobbies consisted of softball with Richard and their friends and sailboat racing on Bellingham Bay. In her youth she played a variety of sports and was a star in anything she tried. Her athleticism, wit, and wisdom made her quite a force to be reckoned with. Those that knew Christine also knew of her insatiable thirst for literature. If she ever had down time you could catch her reading a book, telling you about the book she was reading, or giving you books to borrow. She took this love and spent several years volunteering at the Bellingham Public Library where she shared her passion with those in the community.

She was always honest and upfront. To many of her friends and loved ones, Christine was the go-to if you ever needed advice.

Christine’s final chapter was fraught with constant medical challenges, but her driven spirit carried her through for many years. She is survived by a loving husband, strong children and grandchildren, an endearing sister, and a host of cousins all who hold her close to their hearts.

Christine will live on through the immense impact she made on those that were lucky enough to know her.


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