Carol's Story

CAMDEN - Carol Ann Christie, 80, passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family in Camden.

Born in Ellsworth on February 18, 1935, she was the daughter of Arthur and Vernice Falls and was a graduate of Ellsworth High School Class of 1952. During high school, Carol worked for J.J. Newbury, then later at the Ellsworth Telephone Company as a telephone operator. In 1954, she met and fell in love with Thomas W. Christie, a young man who was serving in the U.S. Navy. They were married on April 23, 1955 in Ellsworth.

Traveling throughout the world while Tom was in the Navy, they raised their 11 children. His military career took them to Bremerhaven, Germany in May of 1955, Ellsworth in 1958, Terceira Island in the Azores in 1958, Skaggs Island, California in 1960, Adak, Alaska in 1962, Pearl City, Hawaii in 1963, Winter Harbor, Maine in September of 1966. In February of 1971, they moved to Camden after Tom retired from the Navy.

Carol's employment included, Spruce View Motor Court 1971-1979, National Fisherman 1975-1988, and 63 Washington Street 1987-April 1, 2012 when she retired. In addition, she worked as a private caregiver in the late 1970's, 1980's and 1990's for the Quantrell, Lamb, Laite, and Jackson families.

Devoted to her family, Carol made every effort to attend all her children's and grandchildren's sport-related activities, graduations, plays, concerts and extracurricular activities in and out of state. She enjoyed traveling with her husband to visit her family and friends. Together they attended numerous Navy Reunions all across the country. Carol and her grandchildren created holiday parties with a theme, and looked forward to game nights with the family.

Carol was a communicant of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church where she was an active member of the Women's Club.

Carol's special gift was her wonderful care and dedication to helping and caring for others.

Carol was predeceased by her daughter, Margaret Christie Aleman, and four sisters, Margaret Hart, Doris Young, Francis Falls and Louise Falls.

Surviving is her husband of 60 years, Thomas W. Christie, Sr. of Camden; 10 children, Thomas Christie Jr. and wife Linda of Dedham; Patricia Young and husband, Jerry of Marysville, WA; James Christie and wife, Heather of Rockport; Susan Hickey and husband, Daniel of Lincolnville; Michael Christie and wife, Stefanie of Leesburg, VA; Teresa Rains and husband, John of Sanford, NC; Stephen Christie and wife, Nina; Catherine Christie and partner, Bill Havener; Charles Christie and wife, Maggie, all of Rockport, Mary Berry and husband, Ryan of Hope; son-in-law, Miguel Aleman of Corpus Christi, TX; 24 grandchildren, James Christie, Jr.; Christie Rains and husband Alex; Jeremy Christie; Johnnie Rains and wife, Ebony; Dustin Hickey; Christopher Young; Amber Christie; Caitlin Christie and fiancé, Jacob Darveau; Tyler Christie; Nicholas Christie; Jenna Christie; Emily Christie; Zachary Christie; Jasmine Dennis; Jeffrey Christie; Paige Christie; Samuel Berry; Ryan Christie; Cameron Christie; Margaret Christie; Mary Christie; Hannah Christie; Blake Christie and Jack Christie; 2 great-grandchildren, Kendall Galley-Kurpiel and Elijah Alexander Rains Lee; two sisters, Marion Bennoch and husband, Ralph of Ellsworth; and Ella Folger of Ellsworth; and several special nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to hospice caregivers and to family and close friends for their overwhelming support.

Calling hours will be held 5-7PM, Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain Street, Camden. The memorial mass will be held at 10AM, Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church in Camden with the Rev. Richard Malo officiating. Interment will be held in the Rockville Cemetery in Rockport. The family suggests memorial gifts be made in Carol's memory to Sixty Three Washington Street, Camden, ME 04843 or to Kno-Wal-Lin Home Health Hospice, 6 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com.
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