Chestina Christine Long passed to her heavenly home on April 18, 2017 in Claremore OK following a lengthy illness, surrounded by her loving family. She was 81. A memorial service honoring her life and love will be held in her church home of Southwest Church of Christ in Ada OK on May 20, 2017 at 1 pm. Rice Funeral Service of Claremore OK was entrusted with cremation arrangements, per her request.
Christine was born July 5, 1935 to Joe Tom Rhea and Katherine Robertson in the Tishimingo area of OK. Over the years her immediate family grew to 10 siblings, and 4 step fathers. Being the eldest, Christine was entrusted to the care and motherly role to most of her siblings. The family lived in OK and California, finally setting in Roff OK. In 1952, Christine married Oscar Lee Wright at the tender age of 17, while visiting her father in Borger TX. In 1965, they moved to Amarillo Tx where they made their home and raised their 2 daughters Virginia Lynn “Ginger” and Tammy Jo. In 1967, Christine successfully completed nursing school and would go on to have a long career as an LPN working at many hospitals and nursing facilities in TX and OK. Being a nurse and caring for others, including her children and husband, was her greatest joy in life. In 1988, after 30 years of marriage, Christine lost her husband suddenly, and for many years spent time with her mother and siblings and eventually sharing in her mother’s final care until she passed. In the 90’s, she was married to Ken Wood for a brief time before losing him to natural causes, and became close to his children and grandchildren as well. In 2004, she met and married her current husband Roy Long, who has been a trusted and devoted spouse for 12 years until her death.
Christine was an excellent seamstress, also enjoyed quilting and crocheting blankets for her family and clothes to complement her porcelain doll collection. She enjoyed being with her family, and surprised evertone when she and her husband Roy went on the adventure of her lifetime to Alaska in their RV. She enjoyed her first fishing experience, putting on waders to catch salmon, and alas fell into the cold waters which was a memory her husband will never forget.
Christine is survived by her husband Roy K. Long of Ada; two daughters: Virginia “Ginger” McKinney of Claremore; Tammy Jo Dixon of Amarillo TX; 5 Grandchildren Christopher L McKinney and his wife Misty of Ada OK, Jamie M Clark and her husband Jeremy of Pryor OK, Dustin D Dixon of Huntsville TX, Chevy R Dixon of Austin TX, and Dillon C Dixon of Amarillo TX. She was also blessed with 5 great grandchildren; Alex Marie, Ethan, Callie, Emma, and Dakota. Christine is survived by 3 brothers and 4 sisters, 4 step children, and several step grandchildren as well.
Christine was preceded in death by her first husband Oscar L Wright, second husband Ken Wood; her mother Katherine Gahagan, her father JT Rhea, a great granddaughter Taylor, and 3 siblings.
There will be a meal before the memorial service at 11:00 AM at the church for family. Burial plans are pending and will be private. In lieu of flowers; memorial contribution in her honor may be submitted to her favorite charities including St Jude Children’s Hospital and her Church’s Haitian Children’s outreach program.