Christine Elizabeth Delph, 40 years young, was taken from this world and entered into the arms of Jesus with the angels on Thursday, May 4, 2023 after a hard fought battle with breast cancer.
Christine was born in Coupeville, Washington on June 9, 1982. She was a daughter of Susan Joan Delph and the late Michael Lynn Delph and grew up in Oak Harbor, Washington. She was educated in the local schools there and went on to join the US Airforce and honorably served our Country for two years.
Christine moved to Pittsfield 13 years ago and was proud to make a home here for her and her children.
She worked as a School Bus Driver for the City of Pittsfield for the last 10 school years and loved every minute of it. She was so blessed to have her bus family, and they felt the same about her.
Anyone who met Christine was drawn to her instantly. She was funny and knew how to laugh through anything. She would go above and beyond for anyone, even if she knew you for only a short time.
Christine was an amazing mom to her 6 perfect children, and personified Mama Bear to the fullest extent. Blood or not, if you needed a mom to love you, Christine was your person. She loved hard. She loved unconditionally. And she loved with a strength behind it that made you know you were safe with her.
Beyond sharing herself and connecting with people, Christine had an innate ability to connect with animals. She leaves her two dogs, Lyla and Jack and her cats, Rhodie and Cami.
In addition to her role as a Mom and Bus Driver, Christine worked for Camp Mah-Kee-Nac for the last 6 summers. Camp was one of her favorite places to be and she cherished all the time she spent there.
Christine was an artist. With that came her creativity, her sensitive and deep understanding of the world, and her ability to express herself in a way many cannot. She loved to paint and was great at making jewelry. She also loved nature and could find a deeper meaning in even the simplest sunset.
Christine had a strong faith in God and her relationship with Jesus was deepened over the last few years as her illness progressed. She would always say "Faith Over Fear." Perhaps now we can all share in that statement.
Being outside brought Christine peace. She loved to fish, both in the summer and ice fish in the winter, and would visit the ocean as often as she could.
She enjoyed dressing up and (much to her mom’s surprise) loved clothes and makeup. She shared that love with her daughters.
Most often you could find Christine listening to music, mostly country, or sharing her musical abilities with anyone who would listen while she played the piano.
Chrstine was the strongest person anyone has ever met and she will be missed in a way that cannot be put into words.
She will be especially missed by her six children, Kendra, Kelliauna, Josiah, Jadon, Cara and Caitrina Delph, her mother, Susan Delph, her brother and his wife, Nathan and Elizabeth Delph and their children Caitlin, Penelope and Alexander. She also leaves her closest and longest friend, Stacey Chastain, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and coworkers. In addition to her father, Christine was predeceased by her grandparents, John and Joan Dighton and Ellie and Charles Delph.
Christine's family would like to extend a special thanks and deep gratitude to the doctors, nurses and all the staff at the Hillcrest Cancer and Infusion center and at the Berkshire Medical Center.
A memorial service honoring Christine will be Saturday, June 10, 2023 beginning at 3PM at the Camp Mah-Kee-Nac Dining Hall, 6 Hawthorne Rd. Lenox, MA 01240. The Celebration of her life will continue on after the memorial on the camp grounds. Folks who are attending are encouraged to dress comfortably, and if you have a cowboy hat or boots, please wear them to celebrate Christine!
In lieu of flowers, Christine's family is asking that memorial donations be made on their GoFundMe site by visiting: https://gofund.me/51868bb7 to help with funeral expenses. Once the total has been reached, memorial donations may be made payable to the "Phelps Cancer Center" and sent to the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home at 40 Maplewood Ave. Pittsfield, MA 01201