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Christine Lovett-Schaus, avid gardener, volunteer

Sept. 15, 1956 – Oct. 16, 2014

Christine Lovett-Schaus, an avid gardener and community volunteer, died Thursday at St. John’s Hospice after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 58.

Born in Leicester, United Kingdom, Lovett-Schaus moved to Montreal with her parents when she was a teenager and later to Toronto. She came to Buffalo in 2006 when she married Magilla Schaus, a Buffalo firefighter who died in 2009. She was a clerk for the Canadian government from 1984 to last February.

She started a community garden on her block in the City of Buffalo and was the vice president of the block club. Known as Chris Red for her enthusiasm and red curly hair, she taught a beading class called “Beading with Red” at the Life Transitions Center. She also volunteered with the Greyhound Action League and the West Side Community Center.

A passionate scuba diver, she enjoyed many scuba trips to places such as New Guinea, and also locally in the Niagara River.

She was a scuba instructor and taught first aid classes.

She is survived by her son, Jonathan, and daughter, Jesica Mikkila; and parents, William and Margaret Lovett.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday in St. Johns-Grace Episcopal Church, 51 Colonial Circle.

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