Shirley Christine Austin Kuiken, 80, of Charlottesville, Virginia, and St. James City, Florida, departed this life in the early hours of May 11, 2019.
Christine was born in Shawsville, Virginia, to Mae Young Graham and Clarence Edward Graham. She was raised in Salem, Virginia, and had resided in Charlottesville, Virginia since 1967.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Laurie Austin; her first husband and the father of her children, Earl Austin; her grandson, Michael Hall; her brothers, Bobby and Ronnie Graham; and her second loving husband, Henry Kuiken. She is survived by her daughter, Debra Austin Smith; grandchildren, Steven Hall Jr., Austin and Jason Stajduhar, Elaine Austin, and Stacey Hall; and great-grandchildren, Tristen Hall, Jamie Hall, Haydon Hall, Daniel Stajduhar, Lillian Stajduhar and Cali Grace Holt.
Christine retired as the Clinical Trials Coordinator at the University of Virginia Medical Center and after 24 years of service to UVA she became a snowbird.
She built a second loving home in St. James City, Florida and was always surrounded by her dear friends, with whom she loved to travel. She was an independent spirit who knew what she wanted and never hesitated to make it so. She was an active member in her church both in Charlottesville and St. James City and always stayed busier in retirement than she did while working.
The funeral service was held May 17, 2019, at Mountain Plain Baptist Church with Dr. Sam Kellum officiating.
Those planning an expression of sympathy in Christine’s name are asked to consider the Mountain Plain Baptist Church Building Fund, 4281 Old Three Notched Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901.