Christine Jane Kendrick
We lost our mother unexpectedly on March 10, 2022. Christine was a child of Wolfville, born on November 3, 1952 to Herbert and Lois Coolen, and the widow of Roy Kendrick. Her 3 children Chris (Natalie) Kendrick, Falmouth; Melissa Kendrick, New Minas, and John (Tammy) Kendrick, Cambridge and her four grandchildren Jenna, Elijah, Jordan, and Brooklyn are deeply saddened but smiling with many fond memories of her life with us - and now having to go through her incredible collection of butterfly related items. Christine was a Coolen; and there was no mistaking the impact that this had on our family. Through mom, they inspired us all to care, to laugh, and to be thankful and generous. Through the regular reunions - which always involved lots of food - you always saw the support that love from family could provide.
Christine was a petite, yet incredibly resilient woman in life. She navigated their young family through many stops within Nova Scotia before life stabilized with a move to Mahone Bay, and eventually Lunenburg for dad’s work as a police officer. When a career ending work injury affected our family in the early 80s, Christine went from serving her family, to serving others - for which we are all thankful.
An injury from a short career as a waitress forced a return to school in the city, where mom spent each week away from her family to earn her Secretarial Certificate. With that accomplishment in hand, mom started her long tenure at Acadia University as an Administrative Professional. From 1984-2019, as a member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), mom’s 35 year career grew as this smart, organized, and task-oriented woman managed multiple departments; while simultaneously completing a Certificate in Business from Acadia University. Christine was an active member of the Evangeline Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), a designation that she held with great pride. She took incredible satisfaction in being able to participate and lead in this group of her peers locally and abroad - and there was always delight when she was able to run any event for a great value. She will be remembered fondly by the many friends and co-workers from Acadia and those she interacted with in her professional career.
Mom’s life outside of work was also a list of goals and objectives but she was happiest near the beach. The annual Sibling Retreat to Green Bay was a highlight on her calendar, and she loved her recent travels with family and her new friends to both Mexico and Cuba. Her love of music from her youth was always a staple in our house and she loved when there was a good dance, most notably at Farrell Hall or in Bridgetown. She disliked apartment living so there is an incredible sense of accomplishment that she lived her final years of retirement in her very own place in New Minas.
Many family, friends, and colleagues will mourn her loss, most notably her very good friend Pat Mansfield as she and their two Roy’s spent so many laughs together over the years. We are thinking of the Jackson family in Pictou County and extend a special thank-you to our family friend Phyliss Crowe for her kindness and support when we moved back to Kings. Our hope is that any of you that has met our mom in life, has at least one of her annual snowflakes in your ornament collection and will be reminded of Christine each holiday season.
We know that mom will be incredibly missed by her Coolen siblings but we know that this creative group of our aunts and uncle will find a way to remember their sister in their own special way. Our family is thinking of Violet (Freeman) Levy, Greenfield; Esther (David) Bartlett, Kennetcook; Austin (Marion) Coolen, Middle Sackville; Bonnie (Pete) Taylor, Kentville; Pam (Peter) Haughn, Heckman’s Island; Faye (the late Bruce) Hill, Falmouth; Gaye Coolen, Forest Hill; including mom’s many nieces and nephews and their families.
Christine absolutely left her influence on surviving members of the Kendrick’s and we extend our thoughts to the family and friends of Gordon (Marilyn) Whiteway, Kentville; Ralph Kendrick, Petawawa; Joyce (Ernie) Nickerson, Dartmouth; Janie (Doug) Schofield, Pereau; and Tim (Mary) Kendrick, Charlottetown.
As requested by mom, cremation has taken place. Her ashes will be placed in a lovingly hand-crafted urn donated by a family friend and interred beside dad’s at Willow Bank Cemetery off Gaspereau Avenue when conditions allow. There will be no graveside service but family will be notified so they can gather and pay their respects. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.
There will be a service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022 in Wolfville Baptist Church, Highland Avenue, followed by a Celebration of Life at the Fountain Learning Commons, Acadia University. No flowers by request and, since mom did not specify, we can only suggest that any donations you wish to make be directed to anyone of the various health and life improvement charities that she supported - that will also mourn her absence.