Newburyport, MA — After a valiant, 26-year battle with MS, Christine Kirk died peacefully on January 19, 2014.
She leaves her husband of 35 years, David E Levine, son Major Seth Levine, U.S. Army (Ret) and his wife, Christy, and her grandson, Jakob, and son, Joshua Levine. She also leaves her brothers, Jim, Fred and Tom Kirk, and sister, Diane Kraul, and their spouses; and many nephews, a niece, their spouses, and children.
Christine was born in Schenectady, N.Y., and went to high school in Pittsfield, Mass. She graduated from Southeastern Mass University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and was a successful graphic designer until MS robbed her of some of her eyesight. She and David were married on December 30, 1978, and they lived in Boston, New York, Newburyport, and Ipswich, before moving overseas for 20 years for David’s job with GE.
They then spent eight years in Europe, split between Milan, Madrid, Paris, and London, and shared nine years in Asia, split between Singapore and Hong Kong. Christine’s intelligence, wit, and charm overcame any cultural barriers, and she reveled in the opportunity to explore the world’s culture, food and fashion. She adored Venice and Paris especially, but had strong friendships in all the cities in which she lived.
She returned to the U.S. in 1999, and in 2001, moved back to Newburyport, where she and David had previously lived for short periods. She loved everything about the city, and could often be seen riding her electric cart around town, along the waterfront, on to the boardwalks on Plum Island. Her joy in Newburyport was often expressed by a desire to yell out to the tourists, “Ha, ha, we live here!” With her husband, she took great delight in all the aspects that living in this architectural gem on the ocean could provide.
As the MS began to severely limit her activities, she found an outlet for her artistic talent by turning to writing, and completed three novels over the last 15 years. She was also thrilled by being able to take advantage of the wonderful restaurants in the city, and we want to thank the owners and staff of Port Tavern, Ceia, Brine, Angie’s, and David’s for always finding a way to accommodate her needs and make her feel welcome.
We also want to thank the healthcare professionals who contributed so much to her last years, especially her primary care physician and good friend, Dr. Lydia Jeffcoat, the doctors and staff at Anna Jacques, especially Dr. Christopher Harris, Brigham Manor, and Hyder Hospice in Dover, N.H. where she spent her last days.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Christine’s name would be appreciated to the Newburyport Salvation Army, Jeanne Geiger Center, or Pettengill House.