Christina Estelle Smith was the first born child to Dorothy Louise Fernald and Calvin Knox Smith on September 16, 1951. In 1955, the family welcomed their daughter, Judy. Christina loved being a big sister, and as she grew up, had many babysitting jobs. After graduating from North Berwick High School in 1969, she stayed home to take care of her parents, as their health declined. She also had many caretaking jobs over the course of her life, which seemed to be a natural fit for her. She worked well with children, and always seemed to know how to keep the balance of discipline and playtime. She was always kind and patient, would play silly games for hours, make jokes, and create artwork. She had a way of educating kids in a way they didn’t know they were learning anything until they looked back and remembered the good times with Auntie Christina. She was a beautiful soul, and will be very much missed by all those whose lives she touched..
Christina loved art. She was particularly drawn to Victorian and Art Nouveau pieces, but also enjoyed the classics. Her mother had taught her girls to embroider, and Christina excelled at that. She would also chart her own designs for counted cross stitch with colored pencils and a special type of graph paper. She loved cats, enjoyed nature, picking flowers and berries, and walks in the woods. She enjoyed classical, jazz, and global music. She was very well read and had many interests to occupy her time. She always knew where to find the best deals for beautiful things to give her loved ones. She always made things fancy, and would use gorgeous stationery to write her letters with matching envelopes and pretty stickers. She had beautiful penmanship that was so unique to her. She knew how to appreciate the little touches that made life more enjoyable, and her gifts even more special.
As a Virgo, Christina embodied the characteristics of virtue, intelligence, responsibility, generosity, and optimism. She always put the needs of others first, when she stayed home to tend to her parents, the children she helped to raise, and those who needed a helping hand. She was always reading and educating herself and others. She never shirked her responsibilities, always gave what she could, and tried her best to stay positive in the most trying times. She was a sensitive soul in a hard world, but she staved off the darkness with her light. She was very shy and private, but she made very close connections and made sure to nurture her friendships.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 1-3pm at the Johnson Funeral Home, 26 Market Street, North Berwick, ME followed by interment at the Hillside Cemetery, North Berwick.
Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering–and it’s over too soon. –Woody Allen
Arrangements are entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home, North Berwick, ME where condolences may be expressed at www.JohnsonFuneralHomeME.com