Mary Virginia "Jenny" Christian, age 94 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Golden Living Center. Jenny was born July 2, 1916, in Elston, Mo., a daughter of Joseph A. and Clara M. Kauffman Sickinger. She was married on December 28, 1936, in Tipton, Mo., to Montie Lynes Christian, who preceded her in death on June 22, 1979. A lifelong resident of the Jefferson City area, Jenny was a 1935 graduate of Jefferson City High School. Jenny was employed with the Capital City Telephone Company as an operator in the traffic department for 36 years prior to her retirement in March 1972. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and the Auxiliary of the American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5. She was devoted to her husband, her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Survivors include: one niece, Sue Hirschman of Jefferson City, Mo.; one nephew, Joseph V. Scherr and his wife Helen of Jefferson City, Mo.; great-nephews, Greg Gaffke and his wife Stephanie, Randy Scherr and his wife Phyllis, and Kevin Scherr and his wife Debbie; great-nieces, Linda Everett and her husband Darrell, Julie Berhorst and her husband Brian, and Keri Austin and her husband David, all of Jefferson City, Mo.; great-nieces Leanne Lake and her husband Greg of Columbia, Mo. and Staci Bailey and her husband Colin of Osage Beach, Mo., great- nephew, Dennis Gaffke and his wife Peggy of Tulsa, Okla.; and brother-in-law, Charles Christian and his wife Liz of Washington, D.C. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Alfred and Paul Sickinger; and two sisters, Eulah Scherr Couch and Alpha Elston. Visitation will be at Immaculate Conception Church from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Saturday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Church with the Reverend Brendan Doyle officiating. Interment will be at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Assn. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com
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