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Obituary for Christine Schade

Christine Whetstone Schade

Christine Whetstone Schade was called home from this mortal sphere December 21, 2023 in Bakersfield, Kern, California. For a short time, Chris leaves behind a loving, caring husband, Edward (Ed) Allen Schade, and 3 children: Robert Byron (Lauren) Beebout, Matthew Ryan Beebout, and Bradley Allen (Ashley) Beebout, two stepchildren: Joseph (Jackie) Schade, Summer Schade, and 6 grandchildren.

Chris is the second child, born November 9, 1957, to Colleen Wood August d-1986 (Anthony J. d-1996) and Allen R. d-2021 (Dorothy d-2022) Whetstone. Chris's other siblings, Deora (Toby) August, Wayne (Debby) Whetstone, Ken (Candice) Whetstone, Annette (Dan) Hilt, Scott (Misty) Whetstone take comfort that she is with their Mother and on the path she is supposed to be on.

Chris spent her youth growing up in the Citrus Heights/Sacramento, California area. With six kids in the home in which she grew up, the house being not much more than 900+ Sq ft, there was never a dull moment! At a young age, Chris took to music like a sponge soaks up water. Once she obtained a level of comfort with the violin at school, she tackled the old green vinyl, out-of-tune piano in the home, and taught herself how to play. In her teen years she was participating often in some sort of music, especially associated with her activity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The musical scores she learned are embedded in her soul and would serve her for her entire life. Later on in life she would pass those same musical numbers that emphasized faith in God and Christ to other children and adults of other faiths as she conducted those choirs.

After graduating from high school Chris always sought after education of higher learning. She enjoyed participating in different classes at the local community colleges wherever she resided. The pinnacle of her love of education was achieved when she graduated from California State at Bakersfield June 15, 1991 with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts- Music with a minor in Theatre Performance.

Chris married Robert Marion Beebout July 1977 in Oakland California. They traversed the country a little those first few years, living in Sacramento, California, and Birmingham, Alabama before settling in Coalinga, California for a time. When their three boys joined the family, the boys kept her busy, you can be sure! After living among the historical town and oil fields of Coalinga for a while she made the move to Bakersfield, California.

As with everyone, Chris too had hardships and difficulties. But with her strength and her unparalleled tenacity, she met those challenges. This is definitely a trait she inherited from her dad. She was an independent woman - not vulnerable, and very caring, knowing how to "take care of business". Her sons recall their mom possessing a "bull dog" type protectiveness towards family and those she loved and was "always there when we needed her most". Chris was not afraid to get her hands dirty if something needed repaired within her scope, either on the vehicle or part of the home - another trait she inherited from her dad. Basic faith in God and perseverance that she learned in her youth, which was part of her heart and soul, would assist her in her choices and unique life challenges.

With her many professional talents and abilities, along with her caring attitude for other people with physical and mental challenges, she worked for N.A.P.D. (New Advances for People with Disabilities) as the Director of Transportation. In 2005, Ed, with his mechanical expertise, obtained a prominent position in Chris's transportation department as fleet services supervisor. Though she didn't know at the time, it was then that she met her future husband. After a number of years Chris and Ed married in May 2014. They compliment and complete each other in many aspects of life, including their no-nonsense approach to things. With a little of Chris's tenacity and Ed's knowledge and expertise with anything he touches, they are a great pair in life’s pursuits, like home renovation or upgrades, vehicle repairs, and musical hobbies. Musically gifted, Chris enjoyed inspiring Ed to further develop his talent in music, including the bass guitar. And together they each played an important role as Ed worked to establish the band in which he plays.

Complete funeral services will be at Greenlawn - Southwest Cemetery, Bakersfield, California. Viewing will be Friday January 5, 2024 4-8pm, Funeral Service and Interment, January 6, 2024 10am.

Contributors: Schade, Beebout, & Whetstone families
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