Christine Tissot passed away on June 24, 2012, in her home in Shelburne, surrounded by the love and support from her family and friends. Christine was 62 years old and was afflicted by a rare and rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorder called Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). More can be read about Christine and her disease at http://www.vermontwoman.com/articles/0412/tissot.shtml
Christine was born in Marseille, France, on Nov. 29, 1949, where she grew up in the city, but also in the beautiful and natural Vercors region in the French Alps. In 1981, she moved to Charlotte with her now former husband and business partner, Emmanuel Tissot, where they raised their two children and grew their company, French Dressing, Inc. In 1999, Christine developed a deep friendship with Jody Crosby, which flourished into a loving partnership and then a marriage in 2010. Christine always kept her French accent, which was distinctive and beautiful, albeit hard for some to understand. Christine was a voracious reader and a philosopher. She had endless energy and was notorious for doing her friends’ chores without an invitation. Her love of nature and animals was profound, and she adored her rural life on a dirt road in east Charlotte. By her example, she was a teacher to many. Christine faced her disease with great courage and provided her family and friends with one last lesson: how to die with humility, grace, and on one’s own terms. Christine is survived by her spouse, Jody Crosby; and her two children, Mathilde Tissot Hill and Antoine Tissot. She is also survived by her brother, Charles-Eric Gros; and her grandchildren, Ellie and Ethan Hill. Christine’s family acknowledges and is grateful for the tremendous amount of support Christine received since her diagnosis. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties to help support the nurses who were wonderful to Christine: https://www. vnacares.org/donate/makedonation-online.