Janet (Pinsince) Christie, 69, known by family and friends as Ginny, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at her home in Hallowell, Maine.
Ms. Christie died from complications from acute myeloid leukemia. She successfully battled three previous cancers in her lifetime.
She was born on March 7, 1947, in Dover, New Hampshire, where she attended St. Mary Academy and St. Thomas Aquinas High School. She graduated cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Psychology and was inducted into Phi Beta Gamma honor society for psychology students. She received her Masters degree in social work from Boston University.
She had a long career in social work in Massachusetts and Florida. In the Bay State, Ms. Christie was a counselor to the mentally handicapped and later to low-income children at Head Start in Gloucester, where she lived for a dozen years.
She had a thriving private practice in Massachusetts and subsequently in South Florida, where she lived for 15 years. While practicing in Florida, she earned her Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, awarded by the National Association of Social Workers for excellence in that field.
She moved to central Maine in 2000, where she retired and was able to devote herself to two of her passions, collecting rare books, especially early editions of the Nancy Drew mysteries, and studying literature at Senior College at the University of Maine at Augusta.
She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, the National Association of Social Workers and the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Augusta.
She is survived by her son, Nicholas of Austin, Texas; her partner, Robert Ross; brothers, Roger and Robert Pinsince, Jr. of Somersworth, N.H., and Manhattan, Kan., respectively; former husband, John Christie of Hallowell, Maine; and niece Allison Pinsince. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Roselle Pinsince.
She was also devoted to her ragdoll cat, Teddy.
Donations in her name may be made to the Susan G. Komen foundation to fight breast cancer.
Arrangements are in the care of Knowton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street, Augusta, where condolencecs, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at .
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 1, at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 6 Summer St., Augusta, Maine. Private burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Dover, N.H.