Christine Louise Yates

Posted: Sunday, June 08, 2008

Longtime Juneau resident Christine Louise Yates died on May 31, 2008, due to complications from surgery. She was 58.

Born Dec. 16, 1949, in Tacoma, Wash., she moved to Juneau in June 1954 and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1968.

According to her family, she was looking forward to becoming a great-grandmother in November.

To say she will be missed is an understatement, her family said. She was a friend to everyone she ever met, they added.

"Chris had an inner beauty that she shared with everyone she knew," her family said. "She was full of life, and projected compassion, joy, love and laughter to all."

According to her family, she found her salvation through the Women's ACTS retreat and the loving people at Saint Paul's Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Marie Clampitt.

She is survived by her husband, Fred Yates; children, Gene Yates, Rachel Ludwig, Tisha Yates and her husband, Garred Chaffin, Shannon Ludwig, Katy Ludwig and her husband, Shawn Gilson, and Michaela Ludwig-Yates; grandchildren, Alexandrea Kaer, Damon Ludwig, Ariel Yates, Isaiah Carandang, Samantha Chaffin, Alliyah Carandang, Kaiyah Carandang and Devin Gilson; sister, Judy Egan; niece, Kelli Egan, of Port Orchard, Wash.; aunt, Lona Clampitt, of Mercer Island, Wash.; uncle, Buck Loidhamer; and cousins, Susan and Jack Woods, of Juneau, as well as many other cousins.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of her life at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Saint Paul's Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her name to the Women's ACTS retreat scholarship fund, a charity of choice or to a college fund for her grandchildren set up at True North Federal Credit Union.

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