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Larchmont Stylist Padin Dies at 59

LARCHMONT, N.Y. - Christina Bryant Padin, a former visual merchandiser for Wendy Gee in Larchmont, died at her home on Oct. 18 almost four years after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. She was 59.

Padin was the first employee of Wendy Gee, a personal and home accessory store. As a buyer and visual merchandiser, her creativity for design would flourish while she'd make up colorful window displays. She worked at Wendy Gee for more than 20 years, helping shape the colorful character of the home furnishings and gift store.

Born on Feb. 8, 1952 to Donald Reed Bryant, Jr. and the late Elizabeth Gilbert Bryant of Pennington, N.J., Padin went on to earn a bachelor's degree in illustration from Syracuse University. There she was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Upon graduation, she moved to New York City, picking up jobs as a visual stylist for Gimbles and Bloomingdales. In 1977, she married Edward R. Padin of Pelham and soon after they moved to New Rochelle, where they'd raise their daughters. Padin would encourage her daughter's creative endeavors, including Lizzie's singing and Allie's painting.

After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in November of 2007, she was said to have fought the disease with courage and grace.

Padin is survived by her husband Donald, her daughters Elizabeth Padin Storer with her husband Lt. Gregory B. Storer of Seaside, Calif. and Alexandra Bryant Padin of New York City, her sisters Lisa Bryant, Sara Trauch and Joan Blankenship, her brother Reid Bryant and a grandson.

Viewings will be held at John J. Fox Funeral Home in Larchmont on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Augustine's Church in Larchmont. A private burial is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472 and The Cancer Support Team, 875 Mamaroneck Avenue Suite 204, Mamaroneck NY 10543.

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