Christine Ann Wilkins, beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend, was called home by her heavenly father on January 16th, 2018 following a brief illness. Christine was the living embodiment of the phrase “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” She was a strong, independent woman who was on a mission to better the lives of many people around the world. She dedicated her career to social development in Angola, Sudan, Jordan, and Afghanistan. As she traveled the world, she stood by her convictions and spoke up for others. She proudly promoted women’s rights by meeting with world leaders to improve education and economic enterprise for women. During a time of conflict in Afghanistan, she worked with Afghan women entrepreneurs, at great risk to both herself and them, to empower them to improve their lives and the lives of their families. In addition to her global accomplishments, Christine was happiest while spending time at home with her family. Her greatest joy was her ability to spoil her nieces and nephews. She loved being the silly aunt who would do anything for them. . A funeral mass will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church at 3550 East Knox Road, Phoenix Arizona 85044 on January 29th, 2018 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a cause near and dear to her heart. Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona is compassionately serving the family.