Sep 19, 2016
After a long and well fought battle with ovarian cancer, Kristine Ann (Thomas) LaGrande passed away on Thursday, September 15 in Sacramento, California with her family at her side.
Kristine was born in September 1943, in Portland, Oregon, grew up in Tulelake, California, and graduated from Chico State University. Kristine was the wife of Michael LaGrande and the mother of Michelle and Kenneth LaGrande, of the Sun Valley Rice Company.
A brilliant practical joker, Kristine will be remembered for her signature sense of humor and sharp-as-a-tack wit. She was the life of the party; her gifted storytelling and spot-on delivery could lift any spirit, and often did.
“We all recognize the LaGrande name as synonymous with the success and scope of the California rice industry,” said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward. “In addition to that, Kristine was a cherished friend to many of us and will be sorely missed.”
Funeral services will be private. A celebration of Kristine's life is being planned for later in the fall, and her family hopes all those who enjoyed her friendship will attend.
In lieu of flowers, and in accordance with her wishes, Kristine's family asks that those interested in remembering her do so in Kristine's name to a charitable organization or purpose of their choosing.