Christine Kreps

Christine Edgren Kreps

1956 - 2020

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Christine Edgren Kreps A snapshot, an obituary provides a glimpse, a few facts, and a brief look back, and will not capture the joy Christine Edgren Kreps brought those who knew her. Christy was born on August 17, 1956 in Bellingham, WA to Loyal and Patricia Edgren. She grew up by the marvelous sea along the shore of Puget Sound in Poulsbo, WA. Growing up she spent time on boats in the Sound and skis in the Cascades, and these natural settings began to temper her interest in art. Christy graduated from North Kitsap High School in 1974 and attended Pacific Lutheran University, graduating in 1978 with a degree in education and art. It is there she met Howard Kreps and married Howard a year later in August of 1979. She began her teaching career for the Bethel School District in Parkland, WA and moved to the Columbia Gorge in the summer of 1989 to teach elementary education in Mill A. Christy started teaching for the White Salmon School District in 1992, first at Henkle Middle School, then moving to Whitson, and eventually to the art position at Columbia High School. She was a born teacher, who taught every grade, including kindergarten, for thirty-nine years. Blond parents more-often-than-not beget blond children [and ultimately grandchildren] and Aaron, Christy and Howard’s only child, was born on January 23, 1983. Her two grandchildren, both toe-heads, Davis and Dusty, were the source of incredible joy and laughter for Christy, and clearly payback for a son who loved dirt more than cleanliness. Art was Christy’s passion. A skilled teacher in multi-media, and an outstanding photographer, Christy sculpted a beautiful yard, crafted a gorgeous house, and loved to entertain friends and family. Her house parties were a gathering place not just on holidays, and guests came and went feeling warmed by her genuine graciousness and easy conversation. A skilled conversationalist, she was unskilled, however, in the subtlety of exceptional profanity. Certainly not her nature, Christy left that to Howard’s cousins. But when the situation warranted, and it did from time-to-time, she slung the curse, “Horse’s Ass,” for a ringer at the one she loved the most. She also entrusted him to her care, and the trust and love flourished as a rose garden does in spring. Their love was always strong, but it grew unexpectedly and profoundly these past few years, and in ways everyone might hope. Christy Kreps endeared herself to every student. Her gifts included the skill and wisdom to permit each child to discover how to find their own creativeness. I subbed in her art classroom on several occasions. Every student I met loved learning in her classroom, and as an extension, loved Christy. As the tributes roll in on social media, in person, and by phone, to family and each other, it is clear that gone is a remarkable woman. Her mother said, “I wish you had known her as a child. She cared about everyone. She always checked on the neighbors, inquired of strangers, and never thought of herself.” Sometimes, our trials are difficult tests. In rising to the greatest challenge of her life, Christy Kreps displayed the rare courage one sees in the finest of heroines. She was resolute, brave, humble, and always positive and gracious toward those who came to visit or assist. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to a newly-established non-profit, Christy’s Art Foundation could be made. Christy’s Art Foundation, P. O. Box 2409, White Salmon, WA 98672 Doug Miller
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