Former Truckee High School student Christine Susan Atkinson will be remembered for her creativity and chearfulness, according to her mother Lore Hines of Truckee.
Athletic, she could often be found working out at Tahoe Donner Club House with her friends.
“She enjoyed her friends, outings, picnics, trips to Reno and local lakes,” said her mother. “She loved the outdoors.”
Atkinson also attended El Dorado High School and graduated from independent home study in Camino and worked at the Camino Food Store.
At the time of her death, she lived with her grandparents, Robert and Dottie Atkinson in Auburn and attending Sierra College in Rocklin. She was employed at Bel Air and Max’s Deli in Auburn.
“She loved sports,” her grandfather told the Auburn Journal. “She was a snowboarding person. She just started on the soccer team and she was just so happy.”
She was quick to make friends and sincere with everyone she met, he added.
“She was so up all the time,” he said. “I think these few months have been her happiest. She had a great heart, especially for someone who was so young. We had such a great time together. I just can’t say enough about her. She was so special.”
Her big heart extended to animals, including her pet iguana “Baby Hewey” and other pets.
On the day of her death, she and her friend, Tamara Evans, were on there way to care for another friend’s pet when Evans allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel of her 2002 Honda Civic, which drifted off westbound Interstate 80 near Auburn.
Atkinson was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. Evans complained of minor injuries and was treated and released by emergency medical personnel.
Atkinson is survived by her mother and stepfather Lore and Chris Hines of Truckee; her father Barry Atkinson with Lori Jackson of Camino; brothers Joshua Atkinson of Camino and Barry Dale Atkinson of Orange County; grandparents Robert and Dottie Atkinson, Fredda and Basil Alward, and Gary and Susan Beebe.
Services were held at Chapel of the Pines in Placerville. Interment followed at Westwood Hills Memorial Park.