Christina "Tina" Kessinger

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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,

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  1. Deepest condolences to Tina’s family and friends. I did not know her, but still feel touched by her life and spirit.

  2. Tina was a wonderful lady and a friend. I got to know Tina over the last three years and she was a big help on selling some property for me. I will miss her.

  3. My sincerest condolences to all who loved Tina. I knew her through Sisters in Stitches and also hiking meet-up groups. She always had a smile, friendly conversation, and was an asset to any group. She offered me advice and support when I was selling my home in another state. I’ll miss her.

  4. Blessed be for all Tina’s contributions to our beloved community.
    To her family and friends may her good heart and soul comfort you in the days
    to come and may you always feel her love surrounding you.
    Rest in peace Tina… May your soul soar free encompassed by the love
    Of All That Is!

  5. Tina I wish I had gotten to know you better while you were with our office and team, but have learned that you were an incredible person. I have been praying for your soul daily since this horror happened. Continue your good deeds in the heavens above…………….

  6. I just saw this obituary. I was a friend of Tina’s mother, Dale, and knew Tina when she lived in Santa Fe. She was a lovely person and a wonderful poet. I am so sorry for her horrible death.

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