Lolita Reid Christian, 85, of Stephens City, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2022 at Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center.
Gertie was born in 1937 in Stephens City, VA the daughter of the late French T. Reid and Jeanie Ridgeway Reid. She was a graduate of James Wood High School, Class of 1955 and was a member of Ridings Chapel UMC of Stephens City, VA. Prior to having children, Gertie was proud of the time she spent assisting the late Dr. Harvey Melton. She loved watching birds and wildlife around her home and canning vegetable that she grew in the family garden. Gertie was always willing to pitch in with family farm duties and also loved the flowers she grew in her flower garden. Gertie’s greatest joy as homemaker came from taking care of and making memories with her children. She never had a meal without saying a prayer. Gertie was a servant of her Lord and a disciple of Christ.
She married John D. Christian, Sr. on March 15, 1958 in Winchester, VA.
Gertie is survived by her husband, John; daughters, Cathy Christian Burcham of Harpers Ferry, WV, Carol Christian McClintock of Fredericksburg, VA; son, John D. “Danny” Christian, Jr. and wife Denise of Reliance, VA; grandchildren, Katie Reid McClintock of Fredericksburg, VA, Carley Anne McClintock of Arlington, VA and John “J.D.” Christian, III of Glade Spring, VA and brother, Richard “Dick” Reid of Winchester, VA and one great grandchild, Joey.
She is preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, Sarah Elise Christian; son in law, Kenny Patrick Burcham and sister, Carrie Lou Bauserman.
Due to Covid, 2 separate visitations will be Friday, July 8, 2022 from 1pm to 3pm and 5pm to 7pm. It is encouraged to attend the earlier visitation to maintain the large attendance at one time. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 3:30pm, all will be held at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. Interment will be private. Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Gavurnik, Jimmy Greene, Rob Davis, Vern Alligood, Bob Saunders and Norman “Butch” Kerns. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Drummonds and Rick Grim.
Flowers would be accepted but in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gertie’s memory may be made to: Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St, Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601 or Warren County 4H, Front Royal, VA.