Christine E. “Teena” Christie, a resident of Founders Village in Southold, passed away peacefully at her home Feb. 6, 2015.
Born to Robert Lee and Alice (Hinson) Edwards July 6, 1927, in Greensboro, N.C., she was the youngest of three girls. Growing up on a farm during the Depression, Teena learned many of her life skills at that time. Her handwork of knitting, sewing and needlepoint were widely used throughout her life to create garments and gifts for her family and friends.
Teena attended Shenandoah College in Winchester, Va., where she met her future husband, John Christie. Together they transferred to Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, where Teena graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Moving to New York City in 1949, Teena worked at New York University until marrying John on April 21, 1951. Together they spent two years in Pensacola, Fla., during John’s naval service. They returned to live in Pelham in 1953, where they raised their family while spending weekends and vacations at their summer home near Cedar Beach in Southold. In 1971 they moved permanently to Southold.
Teena owned Southold Vacuum Center on Main Road in Peconic from 1973 through 1988, where her husband helped with repairs. She provided administrative support in John’s business, SCP Bookkeeping Service, which John established in 1971 and owned until his death in 2006.
Teena was a passionate and excellent duplicate bridge player. She was a familiar participant at weekly bridge clubs. Her love of owls, Scrabble, crossword puzzles and Yahtzee games with the grandchildren will be fondly remembered.
Teena is survived by her children, Stanford Christie of Kirkland, Wash., Charles Christie of Asunción, Paraguay, Pamela Kart of Ridgefield, Conn., and Scott Christie of Mattituck; and her sister Betty Gale Sikes of Greensboro, N.C. She also leaves her beloved six grandchildren, one great-grandson, several nieces and nephews and many dear friends near and far. She was predeceased by her sister Katherine “Kaye” Carter of Boise, Idaho.
Burial will be private. No service is planned at this time.
Memorial donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Habitat for Humanity.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Homes.
This is a paid notice.