Christine 'Chris' Garroutte


Posted: Wednesday, May 03, 2006


  Christine 'Chris' Garroutte

Christine 'Chris' Garroutte

Longtime Ninilchik resident, Christine “Chris” Garroutte, died Sunday, April 23, 2006, of natural causes at her home in Ninilchik. She was 82.

Memorial services were held April 25 at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Mrs. Garroutte’s ashes will be laid to rest with her husband in the American Legion Cemetery in Ninilchik.

She was born October 5, 1923, to Elmer and Mary (Boles) Barnhart in Chaffee, Mo. She spent most of her childhood in Arkansas and later moved to California where she met her husband, Oscar. They raised their children there and found their way to Alaska in 1963. They spent the first few years in Ninilchik then the next 12 years in Anchorage. They settled back to Ninilchik when she retired in 1978.

“Chris loved to spend time with her family and putter about in her garden and greenhouse. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18 in Ninilchik. Decorating her home for all holidays throughout the year was a joy for Chris. She will be missed by all who knew her,” the family said.

Mrs. Garroutte was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Garroutte; son, Ronald Garroutte; twin sister, Irene Miller; and grandson, Jon Garroutte.

She is survived by her son, Verdell Garroutte of Laguna Beach, Calif.; daughter, Verda Hightman of Hughson, Calif.; daughter in-law, Amy Garroutte of Ninilchik; grandsons, Vince Garroutte of Anchorage, Shawn Garroutte of Manteca, Calif. and Chet Garroutte of Peters Creek; granddaughters, Kobi Motsenbocker of Modesto, Calif., Yvette Moreland of Georgetown, Maine, Nicole, Leigh and Catherine Garroutte, all of San Diego; great-grandsons, Richard Motsenbocker of Modesto, Calif., Reece and Brandon Garroutte, both of Anchorage; great-granddaughters, Khegan Motsenbocker of Modesto, Calif., and Madison Welsh of Georgetown, Maine.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Ninilchik Community Library, P.O. Box 39165, Ninilchik, AK 99639.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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