Christina "Tina" Kessinger
March 13, 1953 ~ February 12, 2016
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Christina (Tina) Kessinger, 62, of Asheville, passed away Friday, February 12, 2016. Tina was born in Tuscon, AZ, and lived in Santa Fe, Ocean Springs, MS, and was a resident of Asheville for the last ten years. She was a renaissance woman who loved good literature. She was a poet, writer, film critic, and an animal advocate. She wrote professionally for various periodicals in Santa Fe, Mississippi, and Asheville. For the last three years, she was a real estate broker, who had most recently worked with the Asheville Realty Group. Tina was a fierce defender of the disenfranchised and the abused, be they animal or human. She was kind and compassionate to all the lives she touched, and was decisive and brave when it was called for. Tina will be remembered for her highly developed and mischievous sense of humor. She was universally loved among her friends and family, and she will be dearly missed. She is survived by a son, Ananda Aaron Cory of Caribou, Maine; a sister, Claire Kessinger Mathey and her husband Olivier of Buchanan, NY; and all her many friends including Myrick Ashley, Lori Udall, Jay Segarra and Sheila O'Connor. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dale Knox Kessinger and Fritz Kessinger, and by her brother, Peter Christian Kessinger. A wake will be offered for Tina on Thursday, February 18, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. A funeral mass will be held at St. Lawrence Basilica on Friday February 19th at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make donations are asked to send them to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, www.bwar.org.