Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Obituaries

December 1, 2013

Esther H. Christy

Esther H. Christy

Oct. 11, 1919-Nov. 27, 2013

ELKHART — Esther H. Christy, 94, passed away late Wednesday at the home of her daughter.

She was born Oct. 11, 1919, in New Paris, to Ora and Georgia (Blanchard) Stiver.

On May 18, 1941, she married Kenneth C. Rock in Mishawaka. He died March 19, 1966.

On Nov. 29, 1968, in Goshen, she married Lester Christy. He died Oct. 8, 1995.

She is survived by two daughters, Judith A. (Gary) Keaffaber, Elkhart, and Jeri L. (John) Brewster, Mesa, Ariz.; stepdaughter, Peggy L. (Don) Adams, Eugene, Ore.; stepson, Randy (Sue) Christy, Clinton, Montana; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jewel (Warren) Leback, Skillman, N.J.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; two sisters, Carol Roth and Geraldine Bigler; and a brother, Stanley Stiver.

A lifetime area resident, Mrs. Christy taught school in Goshen for a few years. During World War II, she worked in the office at Penn Controls and later worked for her father at Stiver General Store in New Paris.

She was a member of River Oaks Community Church, Goshen.

Mrs. Christy wintered in Palm City, Fla., for many years. She belonged to several country clubs including, Bent Oak and Elcona country clubs in Elkhart and Evergreen Club, Stuart, Fla. She and Lester enjoyed traveling and playing golf. She was also an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge.

Friends may call Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. The Rev. Scott Tilley of River Oaks Community Church will officiate.

Burial will follow at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ryan’s Place, River Oaks Community Church or Center for Hospice Care.

Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

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