Ms. Christine H. Brown, 92, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully of natural causes at home on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 12:25 pm. She was born on May 20, 1929 in Sharpsburg, Kentucky to the late Earl B. Robinson and Mamie E. (White) Robinson Truman.
Also preceding Christine in death are her husbands, John C. Harper, the father of her children, and Raymond E. Brown; her infant son Dennis Wayne Harper, step-son Raymond E. Brown, Jr., sister Alma McGowan, brother George N. Robinson, granddaughter Sandy Lambert and her beloved sidekick Katie the poodle.
Surviving to cherish her memory are her sons Walter C. (Della) Harper of West End, North Carolina and David K. (Ramona) Harper of Elkhart; her daughter Peggy J. (Floyd) Cassity, also of Elkhart; brother Earl Robinson of Akron, OH; stepchildren Pamela Lambert of Jones, Michigan and Peggy Ann ((Raymond) McAllister of Alabama. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren, as well as a host of loving extended family and friends.
Christine’s family has planned a gathering to celebrate her life at Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elkhart on Thursday, September 16, 2021, starting with a viewing from 10 to 11 am, then followed by a service beginning at 11:00 am. Pastor David Schuck of the Word of Life Fellowship Church of Elkhart along with the Reverend Dan Geer will officiate the service and burial will follow services at Prairie Street Cemetery in Elkhart.
Christine was an “old-school” classic southern lady and enjoyed the more traditional ways of a simple country lifestyle. She kept a clean and efficient home and prided herself on her ability to stay on top of things. She loved all of her children dearly, but David always seemed to catch “the business” from everyone else because he was her self-proclaimed favorite! She also liked spending time with all of her grands and cherished the moments where everyone was together and all was at peace with the world.
Her country roots also influenced her cooking, and her family loved it when she whipped up something savory and simple that could be traced back to her childhood like smoked sausage in tomato sauce or pinto beans with fried cornbread.
Although she was not a huge sports enthusiast, she WAS an ardent fan of “The Big Red Machine”, the name given to the Championship Cincinnati Reds Baseball team in the 1970’s, who played baseball legends like Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Dave Conception and Ken Griffey.
All in all, Christine loved life to the fullest and faced each day with a smile and can-do attitude. Her presence will be greatly missed.
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