|Death: ||Jun. 11, 2006|
CHURCH HILL – Beatrice "Bea" Christian, 74, of Church Hill. She passed away on Sunday, (June 11, 2006) at her home with her family at her bedside. Bea had struggled with pancreatic cancer for several months.
Bea and her husband of 57 years, Valmer, lived in Peoria, Illinois for over thirty years before returning to their hometown of Church Hill in 1979. Bea had a great work ethic and enjoyed the business she operated out of her home for the past 28 years, Bea's Dog Grooming Service. She loved animals and made a home for so many homeless dogs and cats over the years. Bea's kindness and generosity of spirit will be greatly missed by all who came to know and appreciate her through her business.
She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Church Hill. She loved her church community, and will be fondly remembered by her Helping Hands Sunday School Class and her wonderful teacher and friend, Janet Brown.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hershel and Virginia Blizzard Woods; brother, Mack E. Woods; mother-in-law and father-in-law, A. S. and Mary Jane Derrick; brothers-in-law, Everett "Duck" Derrick, Lyle Christian, Delmas Christian and Bobby Joe Rutledge.
Survivors include her husband, Valmer P. Christian, two great nieces, Chelsie Gregory and Courtney Gregory Simpson, who were raised by Aunt Bea and Uncle Valmer and absolutely adored by both; Courtney and her husband Scott's children, Taylor, Jordan, Mia; a very special niece, Ellen Lacour; sisters, Helen Rutledge, Ina Danko, Sherry Buxton; brother, John Woods; brothers-in-law, John Danko, Don Buxton, Paul Derrick and Walker Christian; sisters-in-law, Carol Woods, Pauline Christian, Lois Derrick; others for whom "Aunt Bea" was a treasure; nieces, Kathy Flanigan, Robyn Davis, Karen Frohlich, Veronica Vellines, Ericka Bayer, Tina Saad, Tammy Duvendack; nephews, Michael Christian, John Paul Danko, Shane Moulton; great nieces, Blaine Frohlich, Makenzee Frohlich, Sophie Frohlich, Ava Vellines, Amanda Duvendack, Madison Christian, Caroline Christian; great nephews, Christian Lacour, Hunter Davis, Jake Frohlich, Grant Duvendack, Ian Saad; beloved aunts, Julia Francisco and Ruby Gibbons. Bea loved her large family. She leaves many cherished double-first cousins, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. Bea will be missed by her two loving dogs, Calvin and Pedro.
The family would like to give special thanks to all the wonderful people who sent cards, flowers and food during Bea's illness. These acts of kindness were reminders to the family that so many others saw the special qualities in "Aunt Bea" that are treasured and remembered by those whose lives she touched. Thanks to the Hospice First nurses, who had the skill, caring attitude, and faith to help Bea and her caregivers through this difficult time and special thanks to Aunt Frankie Woods for her love and care.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at Johnson Funeral Home and anytime at the residence.
Services will be conducted Wednesday at 8:00 P.M. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ed Anderson officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted Thursday at 11:00 A. M. at Elm Springs Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John Danko, John Paul Danko, Michael Christian, Don Buxton, Garret Lacour, Tim Woods, Dorman Blizzard, James Blizzard and Ken Frohlich.
Honorary bearers will be O. M. Woods, Claude Woods, Joe Woods, Claude Blizzard Walker Christian and Paul Derrick.
The family request those desiring may make memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church of Church Hill or to the Hawkins County Humane Society.
To leave an online message or sign the guest registry for the Christian family, please visit us @ www.johnsonfuneralhome.org
Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Christian family.
Elm Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery
Created by: Gary Sizemore
Record added: May 22, 2007
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