Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Cristine Lucille Adkinson

Cristine Lucille Adkinson, age 47, of Shelby went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Med Central Shelby Hospital after a courageous battle.

She was born October 12, 1965 in Fort Benning, Georgia. She was a 1984 graduate of Plymouth High School and received her master’s degree in education from Ashland University. Cris was an intervention specialist for Shelby City Schools where she loved teaching her students. She was an active member of Shelby First Church of God and enjoyed fellowship with many other congregations. Cris was a devout follower of Jesus Christ having unbreakable faith which kept her fighting each day. With her walk with Christ, she was truly healed and at peace.

She enjoyed reading, supporting her children in their numerous activities and caring for her beloved dog, Queenie. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her husband and children.

Cris is survived by her husband: Braden T. Adkinson whom she wed on March 12, 1994; 2 daughters: Cara Hall of St. Clairsville, OH and Emily Adkinson a student at Ursuline College; a son: Kendall Adkinson a freshman at Shelby High School; her parents: Barbara and Bill Bland of Shelby; 2 siblings: Kathy (Mike) Gardner of Willard and Jimmy Elliott of Shelby; her father-in-law: Waldon (Ina) Adkinson of Kentucky; Braden’s 7 brothers and sisters and their spouses; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law: Sue Adkinson.

Friends and family are welcome on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 3-5 and 7-9 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services, giving glory to God for Cris’ life, will be on Saturday at 10:30 AM at the First Church of God, 3616 State Route 39, Shelby with Pastor Dan Rebon and Pastor George Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to Shelby Helpline Ministries or to First Church of God.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Carma HallCook says:

    Peace be with each one of you! Because she is at Peace with God!

  2. Ann Cooper says:

    Braden, Cara, Emily & Kendall & Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. There are not words to express how sorry I am for your loss. She was a dear friend and will be missed. We know she is rejoicing with Jesus now and is not in pain. May God be your comfort and strength at this time.

  3. Darrell and Marilyn Shepherd says:

    I am very sad for all of Cris’s family. You have our deepest sympathy and are in our prayers. I was very honored to have known Cris and touched by her faith. She set such a wonderful example for all of us who knew her. She is an angel to watch over her family and friends.
    Peace to Cris and her family
    Darrell and Marilyn Shepherd

  4. krysa hilton says:

    My daughter thought about her very much. Her name is Ashley Hilton.

  5. Richland County Building Regulations says:


    Please accept our condolences on the loss of your wife. You and our family are in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time. Stay strong and take care.

    Richland County, Department of Building Regulations

  6. Dorothy Olewiler says:

    Heartfelt prayers and sympathies to you all. I remember Cris as one of my first students after I began teaching in Plymouth. She was a sweet young girl at that time; friendly to all, courteous, and a good student. When I reconnected with her at church, I found her to have grown into a Godly woman who deeply loved her family. She always wanted to do the right thing and be an example for others. She was someone special and I will remember her fondly.

  7. Faith (Temple) Abbott and family says:

    Our sincere sympathies to all of you..Cris will live on thru you and your wonderful memories. She was an awesome person and we are all better for having known her.

  8. Cathy Uplinger says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Cris was an amazing person who shared her faith with me when I was diagnosed with cancer! She was caring, compassionate, loving and supportive! She was a loving wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt and friend! Even though Cris is not with us here on Earth, knowing that she is healed and a guardian angel for all of us puts a smile on my face. May she soar through the sky as a beautiful angel! I will miss you Cris……until we meet again.

  9. Edna Karnes says:

    Emily, may you and your familly find comfort in knowing your Mom is no longer in any pain, and completely healed, safe in the arms of Jesus right now, this very minute. I pray your precious memories will carry you through this time right now. I know she loved you dearly and loved talking about you. The last conversation I had with her was about you and Sarah going off to college in the fall, and how much we were going to miss you. She was very very confident that you would be just fine. God Bless, Love, Edna Karnes

  10. Craig & Angie Vent and family says:

    I know your heart is breaking right now with overwhelming grief, but know God is with you now and always! He knows your pain and heart, and can fill it with His Grace and Peace. You already know what a special lady your wife/mama was, she was quite special to us also. Her infectious smile would always light up a room! Know that every beautiful thing that catches your eye, is her smile from heaven. She was loved, and will certainly be missed. May God’s peace and comfort fill the void in your hearts!

  11. Donald & Louanna Hall says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Chris. So sorry Jim about your sister, and Kelly, Kyle, Austin & Autumn for your Aunt.

  12. Rob & Nichole Putnam says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I loved working with Chris and you can be sure that she had an impact on all she worked with. I will miss seeing her around school and out in the community.

  13. Galen Slabaugh says:

    Braden, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the children at this difficult time. May God bless you with peace and comfort.

  14. Rachel Jalowiec says:

    Emily and Family,
    I am also a student at Ursuline College and play softball. I was deeply saddened by your loss! My condolences are with all of you during this rough time! Stay strong and let God wrap his love around all of you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

  15. Rosemary Wilkinson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Cris’ passing, on behalf of her family. I know they will miss her greatly. I did not know her well, but I do know she was a great lady, sweet, and a faithful follower of her Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, who is greeting her with everlasting love, right now.

  16. roxann hess says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Cris was an awesome lady

  17. Debbi Watkins says:

    Dear Adkinson Family,

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God’s comfort carry you through this difficult time. Cris was an amazing woman who touched so many people throughout her llifetime. Her legacy remains in the hearts of those who loved her.

  18. Pastor Rich Cloyed says:

    In the movie Braveheart, William Wallace is in prison waiting his execution when Princess Isabelle comes to urge him to recant so he won’t die. Wallace responds, “Every man dies. Not every man really lives”. Cris REALLY lived! I think you know she fought and prayed for a cure so hard because she loved you so much. But I want you to know that the way she lived through the battle was truly an inspiration for me. She wouldn’t stop living to the fullest. She kept doing the things she always had. I was amazed. I see people give up or feel sorry for themselves all the time, using their illness as an excuse to drop out and really stop living while they are still breathing. Cris just kept living and really made an impact with her life. I count it a privilege to have been her pastor. I am looking forward to seeing her again as I know I will.

  19. Margie Wechter says:

    To the family of Cris: My sister had been friends with Cris since they were in elementary school and I went to School with Jimmy. I’ve known her for years and cannot say enough about her. I’m sure that everyone has very fond memories of her. I can only say to you kids, that whenever you struggle with a choice to make throughout your life, always ask what your mother would have done. She would always do the right thing. Her extraordinary grace made her the beautiful woman and mother that she was. All of you are in everyones thoughts and prayers.
    Margie Wechter

  20. Tim & Teresa Belcher says:

    Braden: Our hearts are heavy for you and your children at this most difficult time. We know you to be a very strong, determined and loving man. I am certain that your children possess each of those qualities and more. Even though we did not know Chris well, the two of you undoubtedly have instilled much strength and confidence into each of your kids. That is why I can say, with great confidence, that you will all survive this pain and loss. Surely, it won’t be easy, and you will need the help of your close friends and extended family to get through. Ultimately, your collective strength will prevail and Chris would be the least surprised among you.

  21. Mike McKeon says:

    Braden, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mike McKeon and family

  22. Jessica Faulkner says:

    Cris, I will always remember your sweet demeanor and compassion for
    everyone you encountered at Shelby High School. You have left a
    true mark on all of us, one that will be felt always. I am honored to
    know you, as well as your dear daughters, Cara and Emily. ALL of your contributions and reflections on Facebook were very poignant and showed your strength and determination to live your life fully and with dignity. You certainly did that!

    GOD has been and will ALWAYS be WITH YOU.

  23. Karen Barnett says:

    As Cris walks with God now, may her spirit remain in your hearts. Praying that God brings you comfort and peace in knowing she is with Him. She was a kind and loving person. She will be missed by many.

  24. Michelle DuPlain says:

    My heart & prayers go out to you xox Cristine is such a beautiful soul & has touched so many lives. She was so remarkable how she always stayed so positive & encouraging. So sorry for your loss. Michelle

  25. Danette Detterman says:

    My friend Cris, what a privilege for me to say that. What a Remarkable example of what kind of person we should all strive to be. I can’t Believe the Strength, and determination that my friend handled her battle. Never put off a visit til the next day, I missed saying good-bye to a very dear friend. Our last conversation was all about her family. You girls, school, and Kendall, she LOVED you all so very Much. She was a GIFT to all who knew her. What an example is all I can say, Margie said it great extraordinary grace. She will always be with all of you, just out of sight. P.S. dachshunds Rule.

  26. Natalie Graves & family says:

    What a privilege and a blessing it was to know your wife and mom, Cris. She was a fantastic teacher, a warm co-worker, and a genuine, kind friend. I am so blessed and thankful that we were able to get to know each other well over the past few years and will always be honored to call her a friend. She inspired me with her hope and trust in her Savior. Please rest in the comfort of God’s love, knowing that she is exactly where she was called to be. She is praising Jesus with the angels and looking down on us with that infectious smile. May God comfort and bless you all with many wonderful memories.

  27. Kari Tarvin says:

    My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all. While this is a sad time and we will all miss Cris, what a joyful thought to know she finally received her full and complete healing and is rejoicing with her Creator now. That same Creator will hold you in his arms and bring you the peace and comfort to get through the tough days ahead. Know you are all being lifted up in prayer!

  28. Alex Mills says:

    I love and miss you. I didn’t really know you that well but you worked with me about three times or so and your were awesome I was really looking forward to working with you and seeing you this year!! =(

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