Honoring the Life of Christine White
The following was written and read at the Memorial Service Honoring NMAS Board Member Christine White. The New Mexico Autism Society plans on honoring Chris again at an event held in October.
And he will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand……
Right now I have this vision of the Lord holding Chris in the palm of his hand, just as Chris held those affected by autism in hers. So gentle, so understanding, so patient, never without a smile and with SO MUCH HOPE; hope that one day we can live in a community where there was acceptance, awareness, education and an opportunity for those whose lives are affected by autism. Chris had this dream and goal that the same opportunities that are available for those with autism living with autism in Albuquerque were extended to those outside the Albuquerque area. There was nothing getting in the way of that. Chris organized autism related events that have NEVER been done in this area. Sure, her family would have the ability to travel to a picnic or sensory friendly movie in Rio Rancho, but why not have one in Gallup. Leave it to Chris to make it happen.
I remember meeting Chris White for the first time on this very special street…You see….There is this village, this community, this road, and no matter how far apart we are, no matter how many miles you have to travel to see one another, we are all neighbors. We cry together, we laugh together, we share our stories, our struggles and our successes, we are brothers and sisters, we know autism and what comes with it. This street we live on has many obstacles and sure there are some speed bumps along the way, but TOGETHER we make it passed them. And then there are those neighbors who bring sunshine even on the cloudy days! That sunshine on our street in our neighborhood was CHRIS. Her encouragement, her prayers, her positive attitude, not only helped get me through some of my darkest days, but helped so many of our neighbors on Autism Street see the bright side of this journey. Since becoming a part of this community four years ago, the impact Chris made was incredible and since then autism street has not been the same.
When we see that ray of sunshine shining from the sky onto autism street we will know it is Chris, saying, “everything is going to be alright,” “we will get through this, with the power of the Lord we can do it and we will get through it, lets do our thing”
Chris, thank you for the difference you made on autism street. Thank you for your encouragement, your laughter, your wisdom and for being an INCREDIBLE neighbor.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go, some people stay awhile and make footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same. Autism Street will never be the same without Chris and the footprints she has left on this street will be remembered forever. Chris was “one-of-a-kind” and will be missed dearly. What she did for the autism community will never be forgotten and we owe it to her as a community to continue what she started. Even though Chris is now an angel in heaven, we know she will continue to shine down on us on autism street forever.
Gene, Jr, Hannah THANK YOU for sharing Chris, your mommy with the New Mexico Autism Society and the New Mexico Autism Community. On behalf of the board of directors of the New Mexico Autism Society, on behalf of all of our neighbors on autism street, we extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. Together as a community we will celebrate your wife and mother’s life and the impact that she had on each and every one of us.
Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end, they simply mean we’ll miss you until we meet again.