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Christina celebrated her 90th birthday on June 19th and passed away on August 17th. For ninety years Christina Caie lived boldly, loved fiercely, worked steadily, cared greatly, and gave freely-of her time, energy, counsel, and even her limited means. Christina’s long history included attending high school in a castle in Scotland, and joining the British Navy just after she graduated in 1943. She is a WWII Veteran; She repaired torpedoes, achieved the rank of Leading Wren, and completed her service time as a bomb range marker. 

She eventually made her way to Canada where she did odd jobs such as childcare and selling encyclopedias door to door. A job at Boeing brought her to Washington and it was there Christina met her husband Glen. They married in 1958 and had 5 children in 7 years! 

What she loved: Her family-five children, four grandchildren, two half-brothers, many special nieces and nephews, cousins… Animals, especially dogs. Tea and scones. The beauty of nature, plants and gardens, travel, learning about world cultures, and her Scottish heritage. She applied her keen intelligence and curiosity to the world around her. In her later years Caie spent time with dogs as a sitter, accompanied by her beloved white poodle, Sophie. She challenged herself with a Master Gardener course, and gave 25 years of volunteer service to the Zoo as a docent. She and Glen were big supporters and fans of public television (KCTS). Christina was an active member of the Puget Sound chapter of the Crone Counsel, and sang alto parts with the choir, the Rolling Crones. She was also a volunteer subject of nursing and medical research on aging. In recent years Caie attended the Shoreline Unitarian Univeralist Church and served as an usher. 

Words are inadequate to express what a wise and wonderful person Christina Caie was and what she meant to those who knew her. She was unique and unforgettable. She made an impression on everyone she met. Christina Caie will be deeply missed and fondly remembered

A celebration of Christina Caie’s life will take place on Saturday, September 12th at 10am at the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church, 14724 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA.


It is me Natalie, nice niece of Christina Caie's...unable to attend the memorial. It was delightful to see her at the 90th Birthday Party at the same church. Totally a true individual and no doubt one of the happiest people I have ever known. I will miss you Auntie Caie. Gone but never forgotten. P.S. When Caie was visiting my family in Canada maybe 55 years ago, she put hairpins in my hair to give me curly hair...however I removed them and well...I guess I just wanted what I had all along (straight hair)? She reminded me of this event at the 90th birthday. I guess that is where I acquired my nickname "The Pesky Nuisance".

-Natalie Schwantje

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