Kristine E. <I>Payne</I> Rome

Kristine E. Payne Rome

Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 20 Mar 2011 (aged 63)
Bloomfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 127432154 · View Source
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Kristine Payne Rome was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 15, 1947, the daughter of Lloyd and Bernice Payne. Her father a career Army officer, Kris embraced the opportunities to travel abroad extensively and live in both Japan and Germany with stateside assignments in Kansas and Oklahoma. A celebrated academic, she graduated from Frankfurt American High School, Frankfurt, Germany in 1965, and attended the University of Maryland, Munich campus. Eventually relocating to Connecticut, Kris earned her bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University, and later, her master's degree from Trinity College.

Crowned homecoming queen of her graduating high school class, Kris was greatly admired for her depth of thought, and startling natural beauty, both of which were equally unforgettable. Her penetrating green eyes and infectious smile commanded instant attention when she entered a room; her magnificent sense of humor and eloquent use of the English language, made her a most engaging companion. An avid reader and writer, she was truly a wordsmith, ever exhibiting the poise and skills she shared with her classes as a respected high school English teacher.

Considered a "master gardener" by her family, friends and neighbors, Kris also possessed innate talents as an artist, which she demonstrated through her work as a sculptor. She brought boundless pleasure and pride into her adoring husband's life, and instilled her penchant for literature, culture and philanthropy in her daughter. Kris delighted in every avenue she travelled throughout life's journey; a loyal friend, she effortlessly cultivated and fostered all of her kinships.

A passionate supporter of both UConn basketball teams, Kris attended hundreds of games at home and throughout the country, including several NCAA tournament and Final Four contests. A favorite fan of the UConn players and coaches, Kris proudly received a national championship ring from Geno Auriemma's first UConn women's national championship team in 1995, and celebrated with Jim Calhoun's team when they "shocked the world" in St. Petersburg in 1999.

Although her passing, which comes after a long bout with lung and brain cancer, is a terrible loss to many, her strength of character and zest for life will long continue to serve as inspiration to all who knew Kris.

--The Hartford Courant
March 22, 2011

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