The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


June 7, 2014

Annie Christopher

— Annie Mae Tunstill Christopher, 95, of Sunnyvale, California, joined her heavenly Father on Friday, May 30, 2014. Family visitation is 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 13, at McConnell Funeral Home. The funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at the funeral home with burial to follow at Athens City Cemetery. 

She was born Nov. 11, 1918, in Limestone County. A graduate of Athens High School, she attended Athens College for two years, completing her bachelor of science degree at Montevallo College in Montevallo, and postgraduate studies at Long Beach State College in Long Beach, California. 

She was married in Decatur to Rowe Francis Christopher of Athens on March 13, 1943. Her employment was as a home economics teacher at West Limestone High School; a substitute teacher (grades kindergarten-12) in Tucson, Arizona; secretary for the National Nursing Council, Washington, D.C.; substitute teacher, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach, California; and substitute teacher, Kern County Unified School District, China Lake, California.

She was a member of Eastern Star Pentalpha Lodge No. 194, Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Woodmen of the World, and a member of Onizuka Air Station/Moffett Field Chapel, Moffett Field, California.

Mrs. Christopher was preceded in death by her loving husband, Rowe Francis Christopher, and her parents, Dora Drucilla Agnes Vaughn Tunstill and Luke Price Tunstill of Athens. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, William Elex Tunstill, Theo Tunstill and Leo Tunstill; and two sisters, Sussie Lee Tunstill Black and Gertrude Tunstill Bowers.

Survivors include her three children, Richard E. Christopher and wife Evelyn of Carefree, Arizona, Thomas D. Christopher of Gardnerville, Nevada, and Doris L. Christopher Learn and her husband Thomas of Lutz, Florida; two sisters, Vertrude Tunstill Jones of Eutaw, Alabama, and Lucile Tunstill Cimbalo and husband Lucio L. Cimbalo of Los Alamitos, California; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the memory of Annie Mae Christopher to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK  73123, 800-227-2345,; or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675, 855-448-3997,

Arrangements are under the direction of Lima & Campagna Funeral Home, Sunnyvale, California, and McConnell Funeral Home in Athens.

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