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Christine ELaine Calnan

Born: 12/24/1949, Columbus, Ohio
Death: 3/17/2019, Grand Junction, Colorado

After a month of gray skies, snow and rain, the skies turned blue preparing for an eagle’s final flight into the sky. On March 17th, 2019, Christine Elaine Calnan took her final flight and earned the angel wings she so well deserved.

Christine was an adventurer, coming west from the flat lands of Ohio, where she was born, to the Desert Southwest, where she made a lifelong home. From being an amazing musician, with a voice that still echoes happily in everyone’s mind, to being a collector of all things, especially rocks and tiny things, Christine brought delight into her life, as well as everyone around her. There wasn’t a second hand store or casino that she didn’t know. Collecting was her passion, gambling was her fun. She made thrift store shopping a fine art.

Christine’s presence was always evident in the many jobs she had in Moab, from a band member performing at the Rio, an Administrative Assistant at DCFS, a clerk at many stores in Moab, to sorting donated items at Wabi Sabi (and buying the very best items) after her retirement. Always the ultimate entertainer and hostess we all looked forward to her Christmas Eve party, where she celebrated her birthday with good food, good company, and a lot of fun. She created a comfortable nest, where loved ones and strangers always felt comfortable. Christine wasn’t just a part of the Moab community, she created a community around her.

Animals were always a big part of her life. Whether it was her dog Pluto, or the many cats that came into her loving home, there wasn’t a time in her life where there wasn’t a well-cared for pet. Christine was so good at caring for pets that she was everyone’s appointed cat sitter. She is survived by her beloved fur-babies Chauncey and Gracie.

Fly high Christine.

Christine was born to Daniel Calnan and Donna Snee on December 24, 1949. She is survived by her siblings: Kelly (Scott) Buchannan, Mary Murtaugh, Michael Calnan, and Benjamin Calnan; her aunts: Sharon Harris and Janice McCarroll; her step-mother: Pat Calnan; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members. She is also survived by the many friends that she considered to be part of her extended family. Her family would like to especially thank Dave Condie for his loving friendship with Christine as well as being there with her during the last month of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents Helen and Duane Snee, a,p.nd her brother Daniel Calnan II.

Per her wishes, Christine has been cremated and inurnment will take place at a later date at Grand Valley Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held later in the Spring with family and friends.


Christine was one of the first people I met when I moved to Moab. She was kind and generous, letting me stay with her (and Pluto) and showing me the Moab ropes. I loved playing music with her, harmonizing and listening to her golden voice. She was an extraordinary human being. My deepest sympathies for her family and for her closest friends. Her light still shines.
- Connie Blaine

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