Mary Frances Higgins Christian, 96, a resident of Cleveland passed away Thursday, Dec.7, 2017 at the family residence.
She was born in Lexington, Ky., and had lived in the Cleveland area for the last 40 years.
She was a member of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack A. Christian; parents, Henry and Frances Catherine Higgins; an infant son; three brothers; and three sisters.
She is survived by five children: Phyllis Duncil and husband, Larry, of Cleveland, Roger Christian and wife, Carolyn ,of Melbourne, Fla., Danny Christian and wife, Cathy, of Melbourne, Fla., Jack Christian and wife, Brenda ,of Melbourne, and Diann Penley of Cleveland; 14 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; one sister, Pat Tallman of Melbourne; and several nieces and newphews.
A mass will be conducted at 2p.m. on Monday, Dec.11, 201, at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church with Father Mike Nolan officiating.
A committal service will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Danny Christian, Dawson Willis, Jamie Tanksley, Roger Christian, Omer Duncil II, Rob Christian, Larry Duncil II, and David Christian serving as pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony and the playing of bagpipes will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Dec.10, 2017, at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory.
We invite you to view and sign the Christian family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.
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