Mary Ellen Vernon Christ or, Sissy, 79, a 16 year resident of Minden, Nevada, passed away August 20, 2012. She was the first of two children born to Woodrow Wilson Vernon and Jewell Edith Cozad Vernon on January 6, 1933 in Allen, Oklahoma. She completed 11th grade at Old Stockton High School in Stockton, California.
Mary was a member of the Douglas County Republican Women's Club and the Telephone Company Pioneers. She liked to read and had a group of loving and supportive friends in Carson Valley.
Her family migrated to California from Oklahoma as part of the Dust Bowl era when she was 2 years old, her parents seeking a better life. A background of early hardship served to shape Mary into a dedicated and devoted wife, mother and employee. Mary and her husband, Vic, were married 58 years. Mary enjoyed a lengthy career with the telephone company, where her hard work and intellect helped move her from operator status to engineering operations. She will forever be remembered as a passionate SF Giants fan and a calm and patient problem solver.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Victor; and her brother, Chuck. She is survived by a son, Vincent Christ of Williams, OR; daughter, Susan Komure-Hanchett (Rod) of Mokelumne Hill, CA; sister-in-law, Vera Vernon of Valley Springs, CA; granddaughter, Melissa Klegseth (Jeremy); two great-grandchildren, Maliyah & Camden; and an aunt, Geneive Huckabay of Citrus Heights, CA.
Donations may be made in Mary's memory to St. Mary's Hospice of Northern Nevada, 775-770-3020.
Per Mary's request, no services will be held. FitzHenry's Funeral Home in Gardnerville is caring for the arrangements. 775-782-1999