The Ottumwa Courier

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June 18, 2014

Charlene Christy

OTTUMWA — Rose Charlene Christy, 85, of Princeton, Missouri, formerly of Rural Route 4 Ottumwa, died June 16, 2014, in Princeton, Missouri.

She was born December 29, 1928, in Winterset, Iowa, to William and Coy Barker Woodley. She was raised up and down the Rock Island tracks, as William worked for the railroad, finally settling in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, on a small farm.

She married Delbert Samuel Christy on December 25, 1948. The Christys bought the boyhood farm of Sam’s near Chillicothe, Iowa, in the mid-1950s and decided to move away from Pleasant Hill in 1961 to another farm outside of Eddyville, Iowa. That is where Charlene found her real calling as a school bus driver for Eddyville School District. She loved to see those kids’ faces in the mornings and especially loved to take them on trips, ball games, track meets but especially the band. How she loved a good parade and the music.

She retired from bus driving and led a quiet life, especially after her husband, Sam, passed away on March 9, 1995. She returned to the area of her childhood and there lived the rest of her life.

Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Ratcliff and Judy Russell, both of St. Louis, Missouri; a son, James S. Christy of Douglass, Kansas; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by siblings, Betty Woodley, Genevieve Glascock Woodley, William “Bill” Woodley and Virginia Woodley.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.

Visitation will be open after 11 a.m. Thursday.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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