Christine Emily McKinnon
January 3, 1951 – May 10, 2019
A life well-lived is most noteworthy! Christine passed away at Sparrow Hospital on May 10, 2019 with her loving husband and family by her side. She is survived by her husband and best friend, Jaime Galindo; and, her sons, Benjamin Godoshian and Malcolm Skye McKinnon. She is also survived by her mother, Dolores Goetz; sisters, Carol Ray (Rod) and Cathy Goetz-Perry (Dave Rusciolelli); brother, Fred Goetz (Deb); and many other dear and loving in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Wilton (Bill) Goetz.
Christine was one of those rare individuals who took the cards that she was dealt and came out with a winning hand! She was a noted scholar, receiving her BA and MA in English Education with additional post graduate work at MSU. Chris served as faculty, taught creative writing, psychology, and communications and facilitated writing workshops at several mid-Michigan institutions and colleges. She excelled at her craft as author of several books, poetry, short stories, and was internationally published.
Christine was born at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and spent her toddler years at an old farmhouse on Meridian Road in Meridian Township. From there, the family expanded resulting in two moves; first to James Avenue and then to a prominent two story brick house on Grand River in downtown Williamston, where Chris spent her childhood until graduation. Chris attended the Williamston schools and graduated in the Top Ten with college prep major. While attending high school, Chris worked part time at the local movie theater as the “popcorn girl.” She was a member of the National Honor Society, the American Field Service, Class Council, Drama Club and was unofficial school fashionista. Chris was a talented musician, earning the first flutist chair in the high school band and was an active member of the Williamston United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir and was a youth leader. Chris’ family was her greatest love, and her two sons, Ben and Skye meant the world to her. At the same time, she somehow managed to teach, pursue her writing career and expand her education. She did it all with a smile on her face, quick wit and a pen at hand so not to lose a creative thought. She loved to read and in semi-retirement was working her way through the alphabet on books from the public library, often having to coordinate equal lap time for her contending cats while she read.
As no words, and especially these few, can sum up the totality of a person’s life; that is so true here. Chris touched the lives of many people in many ways and we are all the better for it. She is and will be greatly missed but will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 17, 6 p.m., Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. prior to the service.
Those desiring may make contributions in memory of Christine to the Capital Area District Library, P. O. Box 40719, Lansing, MI 48901-7919 or Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 West Grand River Ave, Lansing, MI 48906.
On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com
Capital Area District Library
P. O. Box 40719, Lansing, Michigan 48901-7919
Capital Area Humane Society
7095 West Grand River Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48906
- Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
- Celebration of Life Friday, May 17, 2019
Christine Emily McKinnon
May 14, 2019
I worked with Chris at the Sun Theater in Williamston, where she was the popcorn girl and I was the ticket taker. She was just about the sweetest person you could imagine, always listening attentively to whatever I was going on about with that luminous smile on her face. She will always live in my memory as that sweet and kind young woman.
May 12, 2019
I am so saddened by Christine's passing as I look forward to our 50th high school class reunion. I fondly remember the wonderful times at the house on Main Street in Williamston with her family, going to the movies at the Sun Theater in Williamston, eating with the family at the restaurant just a couple of doors away, and especially a few sleepovers. The times we enjoyed in band were also very memorable--she played flute and I played clarinet. Her mother was always so kind and welcoming to me, and I've never forgotten that. Chris was a very special person and certainly will be missed.
Cathy Goetz Perry
May 12, 2019
Chris was my older sister, mentor and best friend as we grew up in small town Williamston. Where I was painfully shy, she was a social sensation and would light up a room with her smile. She helped me open and blossom by being the wind under my unfolding wings. 60 years, joys and sorrows later, we could still giggle and whisper secrets as we did as children. My most privileged time with Chris was when she served as my matron of honour in Florida last year after I had been blessed with a second true live. Chris, you’re with our Lord and Dad now. I’ll still be whispering my secrets to you and know you’ll be listening....
May 11, 2019
Chris came to visit Debbie and me in Seattle in 1994. We saw the sights in the big city and we had fun hanging out. She came out again with Carol for my graduation in 2016 which was a special treat to have them there. In 1994 she tried to convince us to come back to Michigan, we politely declined. We said we would come back to visit regularly and since 2005 we have returned almost every year.