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Christine Cardenas

March 30, 1953 ~ March 17, 2018 (age 64)

Christine Marie Cardenas (Guilfoy) 64, was born March 30, 1953 in Moscow, ID to Philip L. Guilfoy and Betsy Guilfoy (Pelton). She died on Saturday March 17, 2018 at Kennestone Memorial Hospital in Marietta, GA after bravely fighting colon cancer.

She was preceded in death by her father Philip L. Guilfoy (2016) and her mother Betsy Guilfoy (1983).

Lovingly known as Chris, she attended Moscow High School graduating in 1971 and from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1975 with a degree in Nutrition Science. After graduating, she enlisted in the Peace Corps and was stationed in Concepcion, Chile working with women and children in a hospital. Later she was a student of medicine at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she met her husband of 37 years Rodolfo Cardenas M.D.

Chris and Rodolfo moved to the metro Atlanta area in 1987, where they grew their family of 5 children.  She was a master knitter, winning multiple blue ribbons for her work at the North Georgia Fair. Her interests included visiting her children, teaching knitting, tennis (especially attending the US Open) and constantly learning about health and wellness. Chris was a long time member of the West Cobb YMCA as well as the USTA. Chris also loved to attend spin night at the Whole Nine Yards.  She enjoyed trips to the ballet and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Other interests included traveling the world with Rodolfo by her side. She is affiliated with the Peachtree Handspinners Guild and The North Georgia Knitting Guild.

She is survived by her husband Rodolfo Cardenas; her children Alisha, Wendy, Erica, Veronica (Nathan Farmer) and Mario; her sister Julie Guilfoy (Patrick Morrow); brother Gene Guilfoy (Tonna Guilfoy); nieces and nephews Grace Morrow, Maddison Irwin, Cameron, Tyler and Luke Cardenas.

Memorial services will be at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Clark Funeral Home, 4373 Atlanta Hwy, Hiram, GA 30141 with a reception to follow at 655 West. Located at 655 Rich Davis Rd. Hiram, Georgia 30141. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 2:30 pm until the service time.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Savannah College of Art and Design Department of Fibers. Checks to be made to the Department of Fibers at Savannah College of Art and Design. Address is Dept. of Fibers Pepe Hall, 213 W. Taylor St., Savannah, GA 31401. Additional information

Interment will be a private ceremony at a later date.


Clark Funeral Home in Hiram, GA, is in charge of arrangements.

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