Christine Monk Huxtable, 48, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on Friday, February 23 at Chester County Hospital having succumbed to an arduous five-month battle against appendiceal cancer. She was in the loving company of her parents and family continually throughout her end-of-life hospitalization and hospice care.
Christine, born in Baltimore, Maryland, to parents Linda and Dr. Harrison Monk was raised in Sherwood Forest, Maryland, a community deeply committed to families and traditions. Christine credited much of her positive outlook on life to the experience of growing up in a close knit community and the opportunities it provided. Christine attended Indian Creek School in Annapolis and then Friends School of Baltimore for high school. After graduating from the College of Wooster (OH) with a major in English and minor in Education, Christine taught at The Potomac School as an intern, and then at The Key School in Crownsville, MD where she taught second grade. Christine returned to Washington, DC to teach fourth grade at the National Presbyterian School for several years before leaving to pursue her Master’s degree in education at Widener University (PA).
While in graduate school, Christine continued to teach as an associate kindergarten teacher at Wilmington Friends School (DE) where she met her husband, Jonathan. The two were married in 1999 and welcomed their first-born, Benjamin, into the world in 2000. Nathaniel followed in 2003 after the family had relocated to northern Baltimore County. While in Maryland, Christine, now a stay-at-home mom, became active in the local MOMS Club chapter. The MOMS Club network was instrumental in helping Christine and her family survive the tragic loss of their son Benjamin, killed when an errant baseball struck him in the chest. Christine’s grace and iron will provided her family and friends the inspiration to see light in darkness and hope in tragedy. Christine and Jon welcomed Annabelle to the family in 2007. When Annabelle was old enough, Christine returned to teaching at Chestnut Grove Child Development Center in Phoenix, MD. The family returned to Delaware in 2012, rekindling and building anew close friendships through children’s sports and school activities.
Continuing her newfound passion for teaching preschool, Christine worked at Fairville Friends School (PA) where she found her home-away-from-home amidst children, colleagues, and families she admired and who adored her. Christine was a pied piper in all social situations with a smile and laugh that made everyone around her feel warmly embraced and singularly special. Often the center of some effort to organize support or care for others, Christine never sought the spotlight and loved nothing more than to see her children and family at play whether on the beach, the ballfield, or the backyard. Christine found joy in tending her vegetable gardens each year, reading, travel, and especially photography and live music. As a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Christine lived by the words of George Fox, “Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone; whereby in them you may be a blessing, and make the witness of God in them to bless you.” Christine was that blessing to every person she encountered.
Christine is survived by her husband, Jonathan, of 18 years, two children, Nathaniel and Annabelle, her parents Dr. Harrison and Linda Monk of Annapolis, MD, her brother Harrison Gage Monk, Jr. and sister-in-law Tammy Daniel Monk of Parkton, MD, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece and nephew. Christine is predeceased by her son Benjamin.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 PM at Wilmington Friends School (DE), 101 School Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803. In lieu of flowers, please honor Christine’s wish of making the world a better place one small act of kindness at a time. Additionally, friends may express their appreciation for Christine’s spirit of generosity by making a contribution to a Friends school in her honor. For a directory of Friends schools, please visit www.friendscouncil.org.