Nov/Dec
2017

I Am a Beautiful Rochester Woman: Christine Abel

Written by By Emily Watkins Photos by Tracey McGuire Photography
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Christine Abel Maintains a positive outlook on life despite managing a busy household, experiencing the loss of her father and more recently the loss of a love.

Sitting across the table from Christine Abel at breakfast the morning of her makeover, I got the impression that this is a woman who never stops moving and helping others. 

It was hard to get her to talk about herself, but Christine had lots to say about her children who are 18, 16 and 12 and spend a lot of their time helping others as well. Her son, who is in college for law enforcement, “should be a farmer,” Christine says, but he feels like he could best contribute to society by being in law enforcement. Her 16-year-old daughter, who is currently representing as Miss Gladiola Days Queen 2017, is passionate about cancer research. Christine and her family have watched family and friends suffer from and succumb to cancer, and her daughter is dedicating her campaign to fund cancer research. 

A WELL-ROUNDED (AND BUSY) LIFE

Christine was born in Rochester, Minnesota, and has lived in the surrounding area her entire life. She says, “Minnesota is a fabulous place of seasonal changes. I adore the rolling hills, streams and lakes.” She loves biking, hiking at Whitewater State Park and traveling as much as possible. She is also a history buff. Her family has a lot of history in the military, so she knows a lot about soldier etiquette at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery, as well as the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.

 Christine keeps very busy with work. She works at Mayo Clinic with some of the top orthopedic surgeons in the world and as an in-home cleaner, but she also spends a lot of time volunteering. She serves on the Gamblers Softball Board and the Farm to Table Community Dinner project. She helps at volleyball and wrestling tournaments and is passionate about encouraging children in sports and other activities. She says, “My passion has always been to help others.”

Her home is filled with music, as her kids play a variety of instruments, and one of her daughters sings with Bella Voce. They are busy all year long with volleyball, dance, softball, wrestling and track. 

On top of working two jobs and managing her kids’ busy schedules, Christine is also working on her bachelor’s degree through Winona State University, and she is projected to graduate in the spring. She enjoys being a college student alongside her son. They often commiserate about homework.

TAKING TIME FOR HERSELF

The fact that Christine was able to dedicate a day to herself as the recipient of the I Am a Beautiful Rochester Woman award was a big deal. She started the day with breakfast at Five West, continued on to get her hair styled and her makeup done at Hair Studio 52 + Day Spa and finished with a photo shoot with Tracey McGuire.

She says, “This is my first makeover in decades. I would highly recommend it to any of my family and friends. It is always good to get a professional opinion and try something new.” 

Christine sent us this note after her makeover: “I would just like to take a minute and thank everyone. What a wonderful, welcoming, inspiring group of women I had the honor of meeting through this experience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, it has ignited a little glow inside my heart to reaffirm there are still good people out there, that I am alive and that there are women who will encourage and compliment other women.” 

WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL ROCHESTER WOMEN

We at Rochester Women magazine are happy to provide Christine this well-deserved makeover. If you or someone you know would like a complimentary makeover and be featured in Rochester Women magazine, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Emily Watkins is a personal trainer and writer.

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