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Christine A. Lord, 59, of Peabody, Mass., and formerly of East Greenwich, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Monday, Dec. 6, after a courageous 27-month battle with cancer. Throughout endless treatments amidst a global pandemic, Chris was a fighter, remained hopeful, and was an inspiration to her family and friends.
Born in Providence in 1962, she was the beloved daughter of the late George “Bud” and Joyce Lord, Jr; and predeceased by her brother Jeffrey R. Lord. Chris was the loving sister of Alan and his wife, Cindy, of South Kingstown. She leaves behind her cherished nieces: Julie, Stephanie, and Alison, as well as her dear nephew Jeffrey A. Lord and his wife, Luciana, and their children, Domenic and Gioia.
After graduating with a degree in English from Connecticut College in 1984, she worked at Merlin’s Pen as the managing editor of the national magazine of writing by students in grades 6 through 12. In 1997, she started her career at Christianbook, LLC, and moved to Peabody, Mass. Chris was employed as a managing editor for 24-plus years until her passing. Her job was a huge part of her life and she had a passion for what she did. Chris viewed her coworkers and the company as an extended family and felt a sense of belonging within its Christian community.
Chris loved spending time or talking on the phone with her family and her extensive groups of lifelong friends. She was happiest when she was sitting on the porch of her family’s Martha’s Vineyard cottage, preferably with a lobster roll in one hand and a crossword puzzle or a good book in the other. Steadfast to her love of literature and writing, she was an avid reader, a Shakespeare enthusiast, and a Jeopardy buff. Her friendship, wisdom, kindness, humor, and love will be dearly missed by so many.
Calling hours are respectively omitted and the burial service will be private. A memorial service to celebrate Chris’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions noted in her memory, may be made to: MVCMA, P.O. Box 1685, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, with “Tabernacle Restoration Fund” written on the memo line.
You can leave an online condolence at the funeral home HERE.
A true gem of a friend. Even during her illness she never asked for sympathy but instead always asked how you were. Her smile and wit were known to many in town from the years she spent helping out at her dad’s service station, Bud Lord’s Arco on the corner of Main Street.
I miss her already. Condolences to Alan, Cindy, and the rest of her family.
Chris had a heart of gold and a warmth that made you feel at home when you were with her. A courageous fighter to the end, her love for her family and unwavering hope for better things sustained her and inspired all of us who walked the journey with her.
It was a pleasure to have Christine in my class at Meadowbrook way back then and to read of her accomplishments as an adult. I send my condolences to her family.
Condolences and prayers to the Lord family. Chris and I were classmates at East Greenwich and remember her as a very kind and incredibly smart person. A beautiful life taken way to early. Peace.