Christine Phyllis Mary McClave was born September 23,1943 in England. Her family moved to the United States when she was 7 and she was then raised in Virginia. She married Don McClave in Feb 1966 and was mother to Susan and Andrew. Chris passed suddenly on March 10th, 2018 and is with the Lord, her daughter and husband now. She is survived by her second child Andrew, his wife Melanie and three grandchildren Cali, Ana and Rocco.
My Mom lost her oldest child in 1986 while climbing Mt. Hood in a tragic accident that took the lives of nine people. This was truly a devastating event and really defined my mom’s purpose for the rest of her life. In 1988 she began her 30 year journey with The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families as a committed volunteer. She dedicated every Thursday afternoon to facilitating groups for 6-12 year-olds who had a family member die of suicide or homicide. She served for six years on the Board of Directors including as Chair, as well as interim Executive Director during a leadership transition in 1991. During her three decade tenure she touched the lives of countless bereaved children and their families. This place was my mom’s ROCK, and provided her inner peace & healing, and cultivated many wonderful relationships that so enriched her life.
Summer of 1987 my mom took up golf primarily so she would have a new way to connect with my Dad and I. What she previously referred to as a “stupid game” became another passion for her. I will always remember, laugh at and treasure how insanely competitive she and I were with each other. I am not sure the Par 3 course had ever seen a mom and son interact like we did. There is no doubt in my mind where I got my competitive drive. My mom’s passion for golf grew and ultimately my Dad had no other option but to become members at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. They were members at CECC for 25+ years and she cherished her friends who shared her passion for fun & golf.
After I graduated from high school and left the house to attend UCLA in 1990 she needed another challenge. Chris enrolled at Marylhurst University and I teased her that she was competing with me again…or maybe she was inspired. Chris was not afforded an opportunity to attend college as a teenager as she had to financially support her family and herself immediately after high school. She earned a degree from Marylhurst. Well done! I always admired her ability to go for it, and not sit back and wish she had.
My Mom lived a “rich life” and grew in her relationship with Christ along the way. She grew her faith at All Saints Episcopal Church, serving in different capacities from a greeter to participating in search committees.
My Mom conquered many obstacles and enjoyed a lot of success. I feel fortunate to have had Christine as my Mom. She was fun, loving, determined, tough, competitive and giving. She is missed.
In loving memory, Andrew McClave
Services will be at All Saints Episcopal Church, April 7th.
The Dougy Center
3909 SE 52nd Avenue, Portland OR 97206