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Christine Michele Hart

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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 11:33 am

Christine Michele Hart, 41, residing in Rapid City, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 in her home.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Christine was born on March 24, 1971 in Kenitra, Morocco on U.S. Naval Air Station, Port Lyautey to James Abner Hart and Michele Paule Villeret. She graduated from Black Hills State University with a teaching degree. She was the president of her sorority, which she cherished.

She taught middle school computer literacy, and coached volleyball and track. She had an amazing conviction to treat her students fairly and with the utmost respect, and always gave 150 percent of herself. She challenged her students to realize their fullest potential and that they truly could be whatever they dared to dream. She was highly admired by the school administration and loved by her students. Several students personally told her she was the best teacher they ever had and made it a point to keep in contact with her over the years. In her second year of teaching in Sante Fe, N.M. she was honored with teacher of the year.

Christine served her country in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division. She was extremely proud of this and the experience instilled a fierce sense of pride in her.

Christine had a "live life today" attitude and lived in the moment. She had a zest for life and loved being in the outdoors camping, fishing, the water and ocean and gardening. She loved volleyball and played on the varsity team in high school.

She is survived by her grandmother, Helena Hart; brothers, Terry Hart, Chris Hart, James Hart Jr.; brother-in-law, Trampas Sisk; niece, Samantha; nephews, Tell, Gavin and Cooper; adopted family, Clyde, Lorrie and Terry Hafner; step-father, Robert Babcock; several aunts, uncles and cousins and four lifelong friends.

She was preceded in death by parents, grandparents, several aunts, uncle and cousin.

The family has established a memorial. Services arrangements are with Edstrom and Rooks Funeral Service at Serenity Springs of Rapid City. Friends may sign her online guest register and offer condolences at

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