Linda Christine (Chris) Manger
Chris passed away at home on April 5, 2018 from pancreatic cancer. Prior to being treated at home by Hospice of St. Peter’s, she was cared for by Dr. Thomas Weiner and the nurses and staff of St. Peter’s Cancer Treatment Center, all of whom are knowledgeable, kind and compassionate professionals.
Chris was born May 25, 1950 in Missoula, Montana to Lorena (“Jerry” Anderson) and John (“Jack”) Minnerly. She was the first of four children including brothers John “Casey” of St. Louis, MO, Jeffery “Big City” of Seattle, WA and sister Susan Orton of Queen Creek, AZ. Chris’ father led the family to Bremerton, Washington when she was quite young, where he worked for the U.S. Navy. There, she enjoyed being on the water in one of her father’s boats (to which he was also married). She made frequent trips with her family back to Montana to see her grandparents Dorothy (LaSalle) Anderson and Marie and William (Turk) Minnerly.
After graduating from high school in Bremerton in 1968, Chris returned to Montana to work at Legendary Lodge where her grandmother was the cook, and to attend Carroll College where she earned a degree in Sociology in 1972. She worked for the State of Montana until 1978. She married Michael Manger at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church in East Helena in June, 1978.
Chris was busy ever after raising her children Katherine and Zachary, first in Seattle, then Butte and finally in Helena. When not attending PTA meetings, Campfire Girls performances, or helping with Boy Scout projects, she found time to be a carpenter’s helper, delivery person, home chef, and volunteer (West Mont, Food Share and Meals on Wheels among others).
By the time the kids could walk to school and home on their own, Chris resumed her education at Carroll College earning a degree in accounting in 1993. After completing the CPA examination, she worked at Galusha, Higgins and Galusha accounting firm before joining Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Montana as an accountant. Chris worked her way up at Blue Cross to become controller in 2008.
Chris always loved travel. She completed her senior year at Carroll College in Florence, Italy. While there, she took every opportunity to learn as many ways as she could to say “I’ll have a glass of red wine, please” and to visit as much of Europe and the Middle East, as possible. After graduating from Carroll, she supplemented her salary from the State by working as a waitress at the Montana Club in Helena to earn travel money so she could return to see more of Europe and to visit Canada and Mexico.
In addition to travel, Chris enjoyed golf, hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, reading, cooking, photography, painting, music and gardening. She has been most infatuated with her grandchildren Madeleine, Ryan and Tristen, their growth, education and adventures.
Chris was known by some for her sense of humor though this notion has been contested by her family.
Chris was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Chris has requested that she be cremated and that her remains be distributed in places that she has visited and loved in the past. Her family is in process of evaluating the possibilities and will probably choose warm, scenic and friendly places.
She has also requested that anyone who would like to remember her make a donation to Helena Food Share, The Friendship Center, God’s Love or Doctors Without Borders instead of buying flowers. Better yet, make it the charity of your choice, so you can feel great about it.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 13th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. in Helena. A reception will follow in the social hall of the funeral home. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Chris.