Christine Archambault, 73, died June 28, 2018, at home after a long struggle with cancer.
Christine, born on Nov. 27, 1944, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is survived by Mary Alice Scully, her life partner and wife for 37 years.
She is also survived by her sister Paulette McDonald and Paulette’s husband Ken of Long Island, her niece Jane McDonald and her great niece and nephew Christina and Peter McDonald of Harrison, N.Y.
Others survivors include Roberta and Steve Berrion of Dennis, Mass. — Roberta and Christine were friends since first grade. Christine will be greatly missed by Martha Warshaw of Manhattan, a co-worker and friend for more than 40 years; Janet Greenburg and Roz Lichter of Manhattan; Carol Becell and Olivia Hicks of Brooklyn; Holly Kingdon of Durham, N.C.; Deb Edel and Teddy Manucci of Iselin, N.J.; and Alice Spears and Annamarie Lewis of Jackson Corners, N.Y.; as well as many others whose lives were touched by Christine’s love.
She was predeceased by her parents, Raymonde Stankevich and Harold Archambault, and by her former husband George Gunsten.
Christine graduated from Erasmus High School and from the Cornell University New York School of Nursing, and held a masters from the New York University School of Medicine.
As a nurse, she specialized in geriatrics and home care. Christine chose nursing because it involved caring, which was one of her core values.
She cared deeply about family and friends; co-workers and patients and was an extraordinary listener who remembered and cherished the smallest details of others’ lives.
Christine became a vegetarian as a result of her real love of creatures great and small … “I never met a four-legged creature I didn’t like,” she’d say.
In fact, a great motivation of her relational life involved “crossing boundaries … inter-human and inter-species.”
In 2013, Christine and Mary Alice joined and became active members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills in Kingston. Christine was committed to the UUCC community and the many friends who came to love her dearly.
In accordance with Christine’s wishes, there will be a shiva-style reception at the home Christine shared with Mary Alice Scully at 63 Ridge Drive, West Hurley, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30.
A celebration of Christine’s life and love will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Christine’s memory may be made to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, 316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, N.Y. 12477, or the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston, N.Y. 12401.