Christine Cravens

January 11, 1949 - August 7, 2023

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Remembering Christine “Chris” Cravens (1949-2023)

It’s with deep sorrow that we share the news of Christine “Chris” Cravens’ passing on August 7, 2023. She was a beacon of love and service in the Portland community and will be profoundly missed.

Born in sunny Los Angeles on January 11, 1949, to Joan (Italia) Michalina Walsh and Joseph Walsh, Chris grew up amidst a close-knit family with her older brother, Bob, and younger sisters, Maureen and Theresa.

The Walsh clan migrated to Portland during Chris’ eighth grade, making a lasting impression at St. Ignatius School. She not only introduced the “Twist” at a school dance but quickly became the talk of the town as the “cool Cali kid”. Chris’ journey continued at Franklin High and led her to a passionate nursing career.

In 1970, she married Rick Cravens, and they set out on adventures as two vibrant souls, backpacking across Europe and cherishing life’s little moments. Chris’ dream was always to be a mother. After dedicating herself to caring for others’ children, life surprised her; she welcomed her daughter, Ashley, on the very day she graduated from nursing school. Two years later, the joy doubled with the arrival of her son, Sam.

For over thirty years, Chris served in Labor and Delivery as well as Community Health. Her unwavering dedication touched countless lives, making her more than just a nurse but a beacon of hope and care.


Her infectious laughter, endearing humor, and boundless love made every room brighter. Those lucky enough to know Chris were embraced by her warmth.

She leaves behind a legacy of love with her children, Sam and Ashley, beloved granddaughters, Songia and Gianna, siblings Bob, Theresa, and Maureen, and a vast circle of friends who became family.

Join us in celebrating Chris’ life on August 22, 11am, at St. Ignatius Church.

For those wishing to pay tribute, consider donating to Fight Colorectal Cancer in Chris’ honor:

As we remember Chris, let’s share those memories that capture her essence and, in her spirit, show kindness to one another. Chris’ legacy of love and care will forever echo in our hearts.