Christine Giles (1947-2011)

A devoted Austinite for three decades, she was born in Toronto, Canada, on November 16, 1947 and passed away on November 16, 2011. Christine developed a passion and appreciation for art and music at an early age sparked by her visits to the Royal Ontario Museum and by her sisters’ jazz singing career.

Lured by the music, Christine eventually moved to South Austin. She worked at many renown places; Sweetheart Herbs, Austin Magazine, Paggi House, Spellman’s, Another Raw Deal, Jalapeno Charlie’s, and the Chili Parlor, to name a few.

She married in 1989 to Robert Dorris, the love of her life.

Christine was the first volunteer at the South Austin Popular Culture Center and for the first few years spent every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at the Center. She helped with maintaining the growing email list and kept a scrapbook with the, at first, very few press notices. Christine set up the refreshments for each exhibit opening and was always willing to help with those things important to keeping a new creative endeavor moving forward.

Christine will be remembered for her sense of style and flash, particularly her hand-painted shoes and lunchbox purses; Christine was a charter member, and car attendant in their early years, of the Austin Steam Train Association.

For all who knew her, Christine was a wonderful friend.

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