In Memoriam – Christine Margaret Wied, 1948-2013

Christine Wied

Christine Margaret Wied, 1948-2013

     Famous writer and poet Maya Angelou wrote, “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”Christine Wied, an Environmental Specialist with the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division from 2006 until her retirement in November 2013, definitely deserves placement at the top of the “she-ro” list.

     Christine was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer six years ago.However, despite her diagnosis, she demonstrated tremendous courage and fortitude approaching her work with such professionalism and dedication, that her illness was actually only known to a few.  

     Christine’s smile, warm demeanor and positive outlook consistently lit up a room.She drew people to her with her enthusiasm and excitement for educating the community on sustainability initiatives and relished teaching city residents about how they might make a difference in the health, vitality and longevity of the community.

     Christine especially loved reaching out to Ventura’s children and young adults working with the City’s free educational outreach programs, student waste assessment and recycling projects, and spearheading the annual Green School awards.

     Prior to her work with the city, Christine worked as an educator and instructor in a number of areas including natural childbirth, diet and nutrition.

     Christine also had a lifelong passion for music.Before she and her family moved to Ventura, Christine’s musical talents led her to sing with the Stockton Master Chorale as well as twice performing the National Anthem to audiences of more than 10,000 people at 4th of July celebrations in Lodi, Ca.

As a devoted and active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Loma Vista Road, Christine served as a soloist and member of the St. Paul’s Choir and a Lay Eucharistic Minister of the church. 

     Christine married her college sweetheart Douglas B. Wied in 1971, and through her loving marriage of almost 43 years, the union produced three children and two grandchildren.Christine and Doug took pleasure in their involvement in the New West Symphony and the Ventura Music Festival.

     To view Christine’s obituary in Ventura County Star, CLICK HERE.

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