In Memory of Christine Grace College
Christine Grace College was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on December 14th, 1961. She was the only girl of four siblings. At an early age her family relocated to California. She lived with her biological family until about seven years of age.
Christine moved in with her foster parents Dick and Brenda Bell in Riverside, CA at the age of nine. Christine attended Washington Elementary School, Sierra Middle School and eventually matriculated from Ramona High School. At an early age she was introduced to the Christian faith and maintained her faith throughout her life.
In her adult years Christine was provided support services through Westside Regional Center. She participated in Social Vocational Services from 1987 to 2009 where she learned job skills working in an enclave environment. Christine worked at various locations including the Marriott Hotel, the Movie Studio in Culver City, Loyola Marymount University and UCLA, providing services such as gardening setting up displays, washing dishes and busing tables, recycling and cleaning.
In 1991, Christine joined the I.A.B.A.'s Supported Living program. Over the past 25 years Christine College made conscientious efforts to maintain a productive and meaningful lifestyle. Christine always made strides to improve her overall quality of life by learning new skills and maintaining her independence. Christine was quite successful in expanding her "comfort zone" and taking advantage of various social opportunities.
Christine was a member of University Christian Church and was involved in many church activities including picnics, Wednesday night groups, and volunteering to serve others through community service. Christine was also an active participant in the Lotus Group as well as Healthy Lifestyles. Christine was known for having a servant's heart and always wanted to help in any way she could. She enjoyed shopping, spending time with friends and dancing.
Those who knew Christine will remember her outgoing friendly nature, beautiful smile, unique sense of fashion and her love for shopping.
Christine died unexpectedly on November 11th, 2016 while at home at the age of 54. Christine is survived by her mother Brenda Bell, her grandfather Calvin Coolidge Finch, her grandmother Charlotte Nora Finch, her roommate and dear friend Albert Watkins, and a host of friends and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her father Dick Bell, grandfather Robert Bell, grandmother Virginia Bell and biological parents. She will be deeply missed by her friends, family and all who knew her.