Monday, December 9, 2013

Rest in Peace, Aunt Chris

Last weekend my Aunt Chris passed away.  Her official obituary has many of the facts of her life.  But I wanted to include some more personal details about my aunt.

Aunt Chris was my father's little sister and an immediate joy to her parents, who had been mourning the death of their young daughter some years previous.  They named her Juanita Christopher, but called her Chris.

She had the most beautiful clear blue eyes.  They were the same blue eyes my father had, but hers were more spectacular.  She loved to laugh and loved to tease.

A fiery lady who knew her own mind, Aunt Chris had opinions and enjoyed sharing them with you.  It didn't really matter to her if you agreed with her or not.

Family and her faith were important to her.  She was also a very loyal person.  Purple was her favorite color and she wore it often.  One of her most prized possessions was the certificate confirming the fact of her birth in the great state of Texas.

Aunt Chris didn't let obstacles slow her down.  She lost one leg to complications from diabetes, so she learned to drive a motorized cart.  And she drove it well.

Many generations of the family gathered this past July in Texas to celebrate her 90th birthday.  We had a great time, laughing and talking and just being together.

Juanita Christopher will be missed by all who knew her.

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