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Date published: 9/24/2013

Christine F. Dent

Olive Christine Fritter Dent joined many beloved family members and friends in heaven on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, surrounded by those who love her.

"Chris" was born Sept. 25, 1921, in Garrisonville to Enoch Nelson Fritter and Olive Susan Gallahan Fritter. She was only 3 when her mother died. Chris and her siblings were raised by their father and a beloved great-aunt, Barbara Henderson, known as "Aunt Bob." A lifelong resident of Stafford County, Chris would tell her family and friends stories of her father's farm, a place where she learned to be a hard worker and love the land. Chris graduated from Stafford High School, now the Alvin Bandy School Board, in 1941.

Chris met and married her one and only love, Eddie Woodard Dent, and remained his devoted companion for 52 years until his death in 1993. Soon after they married, World War II began, and Eddie began his service in the U.S. Navy. Chris did her part by being a lookout for enemy planes back home. Friends would also share their gasoline ration tickets so that she could drive her Chevy to meet Eddie in Norfolk when his ship came in.

A lifelong United Methodist, she loved visiting her childhood church, Ebenezer United Methodist Church, at its old site, and continued worshipping at Regester Chapel United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, Ebenezer United Methodist at its present site and Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

Chris was a perfectionist at work, performing clerical duties as a civil servant at Marine Corps Base Quantico for many years, and then as a clerk/typist and office manager for the Stafford Health Department. She loved her co-workers like her family. The only activities that could make her sit still were her beautiful sewing, needlework and crocheting, as well as reading her books and the newspaper. Given a choice, however, Chris would be outside from morning to evening, working in her vegetable and flower gardens. For her, a trip to a garden nursery was like being a child in a candy store. Chris wanted one of everything, and how she could make those plants grow. Words cannot describe her energy, her smile and laughter and her joy in family, friends, flowers and pets.

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