Kenai resident Christine (Hardiman) Sutton died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 52.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 39030 Kalifornsky Beach Road. A private family burial will take place at the Kenai City Cemetery.
Mrs. Sutton was born Oct. 22, 1952, in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from Boston University with a master's degree in nursing in 1979. She moved to Alaska in 1996, living in the Kenai and Soldotna area.
"She practiced nursing for 29 years, dedicating the last 13 years of her career as the director of nursing at Heritage Place in Soldotna. There she enriched the lives of many," her family said.
Mrs. Sutton served at Immanuel Baptist Church for nine years. Her hobbies and special interests were her faith in her Lord and Savior, nursing and her family.
"Christine devoted her life to serving her Lord and Savior and was truly precious in His sight. Her Christian testimony, family and love for nursing were most important to her," her family said. "She was giving, selfless, outgoing, joyous, and demonstrated incredible strength throughout all aspects of life. Her unconditional love influenced and touched so many lives. She will always be remembered for her remarkable character and as a wonderful example to follow."
Mrs. Sutton was preceded in death by her parents, James and Margaret Hardiman; and sister, Mary Rothman.
She is survived by her husband, Neil Sutton of Kenai; daughters and sons-in-law, Jessie and Justin Ruffridge and Kate and Lester Steward of Soldotna, and Cassie and Samuel Wood of Kenai; son, Jacob Sutton of Kenai; brothers, James Hardiman of Florida, John Hardiman of Rhode Island and Dennis Hardiman of Florida; sisters, Anne Hardiman of Watertown, Mass., and Margaret Hardiman and Lucille O'donnell, both of Rhode Island; father and mother-in-law, Howard and Marylin Sutton, of Farmington, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews and their children.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 North Halsted Street Suite 201, Chicago, Illinois 60642-2642.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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