FRANKFORT — Christina Alice Hesse Eberly Conklin, 95 of Honor passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Paul Oliver Living and Rehabilitation Center in Frankfort. Christina (Chris) was born on Jan. 7, 1918, to Alvin and Rennie Hesse in Lansing, Mich.
Christina married Samuel F. Eberly in 1936. They lived in Owosso, Mich. for many years before moving to Honor in 1953. Three daughters, Rennie, Claudia and Margaret, were born during their marriage. Sam passed away in 1981. Christina married her soulmate, Verrol R.Conklin in 1984, and they had 16 beautiful years together spending the warmer months in Honor and the colder months in Port Aransas, Texas.
Christina was first and foremost a wonderful mother to her three daughters. She was an excellent cook, seamstress and a very-creative artist. She was very active in her childrens’ school activities, was president of the PTA for many years and was the originator of the first Honor PTA School Carnival. Whenever one of her kids’ classes sponsored a bake sale, Christina could always be counted on for her superb cakes, including her special cinnamon/apple coffee cake, pies, cookies fudge, etc. Almost daily, Christina had something fresh out of the oven waiting for her girls when they got home from school. She made the best homemade breads one could imagine.
Chris and her girls spent a lot of time at the Platte River outlet and Lake Michigan swimming, looking for driftwood, finding Petoskey stones and always had a nice picnic lunch. Other favorite activities included gathering Christmas greens and looking for different wildflowers while morel mushroom hunting in the spring. Chris also enjoyed ice fishing in Big Platte Lake during the winters.
Christina attended Northwestern Michigan College and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked for many years at the Medical Care Facility (The Maples) in Frankfort as a charge nurse. She enjoyed the medical field and was exceptional at caring for others as was her nature.
Christina was a life-long member of Benzie Area Order of the Eastern Star #405, served as Worthy Matron and also held other offices within the organization. She was a member of the Honor Senior Citizens Band for many years and played the harmonica every Tuesday at the Senior Center. She loved music and played the piano as well as the harmonica.
Christina was preceded in death by her sister, Avis; brothers Charles and Willard; husbands Samuel F. Eberly and Verrol R. Conklin; daughter, Claudia Eberly Andrade; son-in-law Larry Olson; and great-granddaughters, April Olson and Isobel Troup.
Christina is survived by her daughters, Rennie (Charles) Corrigan of Kalispell, Mont., and Margaret Olson of Raleigh, N.C.; sister, Garnet Brower of Grove City, Pa., and brother Paul Hesse of Cheyenne, Wyo.; granddaughters Kristi Corrigan-Troup (Jim) and Ursula Olson Forrester (Michael); grandsons Troy Olson (Angela) and Sam Andrade; great-grandchildren James (Jamie) Troup, Caroline Forrester, Henry Forrester, Bailey Olson, Jadon Olson and Hannah Grace Olson. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service for Christina A. Conklin will be held in the spring.
The family requests condolences/cards be sent to 165 Wakewood Dr., Kalispell, MT 59901 and memorial gifts be sent to Benzie Area Order of the Eastern Star #405, P.O. Box 36, Honor, MI 49640.
The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, of Beulah, is caring for the family.