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Betty Jean (Mason)  Christ

Betty Jean (Mason) Christ
  • September 26, 1935 - January 20, 2018
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“So sad to hear of Betty's passing. I didn't learn the news until today and regret not being able to attend services. My childhood memories of both...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Steve Bizzis - Portage, MI

“Dear Christ Family,Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. May God give you strength to treasure the memories.Doug Bajor ”
2 of 32 | Posted by: Douglas Bajor - Detroit, MI

“I knew her she was a Friend of Jim Reed and his daughter Monica Reed she will truly be missed by everyone that knew and loved her may she rest in the...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“Scott and Family,My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope you find comfort in the out pouring of love and support. ”
4 of 32 | Posted by: Diane Kuhn (Harvey) - MI

“My condolences to the Christ family. ”
5 of 32 | Posted by: Angela Moore - Detroit, MI

“To Chris and the Christ Family, I admired Betty very much and was in awe of all the things she did for our community. The projects she chose to...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Chere - BATTLE CREEK, MI

“My deepest sympathy to Betty's family. She was such an elegant and beautiful person.Julie Tindol ”
7 of 32 | Posted by: Julie Tindol - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Christ Family,Jeff and I send our most sincere condolences and offer prayers of peace and strength to the family during this time of grieving....Read More »
8 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Kristi and Family -My heart is with you during this sorrowful time. I went to school with Terri and Kristi, traveled to Europe with Kristi and...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Dawn Aronoff - Troy, MI

“Our heartfelt condolences for your loss.Betty's grace, generosity and noble personality will forever be in our thoughts. We were close friends for...Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Kathy and Charlie Chen - Stuart, FL

“So many wonderful memories of Mrs. Christ. As a young girl growing up, I will always remember how stylish and kind she was when I came over to...Read More »
11 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“Chris and the rest of Betty's dear loving family: We will miss our wonderful friend. So many good times, especially here in Florida each year. We...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: Carolyn Holmes - Marshall, MI

“Our memory of Betty goes back many years to the Exchange Club of Battle Creek many years ago where I first met she and Chris and her parents Tobey...Read More »
13 of 32 | Posted by: Dave Eddy - FL - Family Friend

“Prayers for Betty's family and friends ”
14 of 32 | Posted by: David Wright - Union City, MI

“Betty was a beautiful lady inside and out. My heart and prayers are with her family ”
15 of 32 | Posted by: Karen Zande - Coeur d'Alene, ID

“To the Christ Family"The Elias Markos Family send their condolences on the passing of your loved one.Betty had a full life and served her family and...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: Nancy Markos Vitale

“My thoughts and prayers to the family. May she rest in peace. ”
17 of 32 | Posted by: Patti Magers - Erie, PA

“We were neighbors when I was growing up on Brewer Dr. I remember I always admired Betty as a young girl and her community involvement. We need more...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: Constance Komarck - Los Angeles, CA

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19 of 32 | Posted by: JACK MURRAY - MARCO ISLAND, FL

20 of 32 | Posted by: Jack Murray - Marco Island, FL

“Battle Creek has lost one of it's best and Sally and I have lost a dear friend. John and Sally Chadwick ”
21 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“Indeed, Betty's contributions to the community are legion. She will be great missed.Our blessings to the family at this difficult time. ”
22 of 32 | Posted by: Bob and Ellie DeVries - MI

“Chris and family,Tim and I are so sorry to hear about Betty. She was an amazing woman and leaves a tremendous legacy. You are all in our thoughts...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Beth Brutsche - Battle Creek, MI

“Sending my sincere condolences to the Christ family. The Magers family was saddened to hear the news of Betty's death, and our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
24 of 32 | Posted by: Jim Magers - Atlanta, GA

“Deepest condolences to the entire Christ family. ”
25 of 32 | Posted by: Timothy Berkey - Jacksonville, FL

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Christ family. I was a friend of Teri's starting at Riverside Elementary and on through Lakeview High School....Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Lori King - Battle Creek, MI

“Prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Betty. She was a lovely person and a good friend. My sympathies to all. ”
27 of 32 | Posted by: Vickie Forman - Battle Creek, MI

“Condolences to the family, I have wonderful memories of a trip 40 yrs ago w/ Kristen and my parents Richard and Theresa Greene knew Mr and Mrs Christ...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Brenda Cieslak - MI

“Christ family, my most sincere condolences. May your faith sustain you. ”
29 of 32 | Posted by: Catherine Jakubiak - Battle Creek, MI

“She was a very sweet kind lady, Im her nephew Ray Walters girlfriend Melinda.I have been to there house a few times for holidays. I loved seeing her...Read More »
30 of 32 | Posted by: Melinda Jacobs - Battlecreek, MI

“I will always remember the warmth and welcome Betty gave me during my first Binda board annual dinner with spouses. She took the time to get to know...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: Huilan Krenn - Battle Creek, MI

“Betty for me was the most kind & compassionate person..Although we didn't see each other much..she touched my life in so many ways..Last time I saw...Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Leonora (Nora) (Dimitri) Keathley - MI

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Betty J. (Mason) Christ, 82, of Battle Creek, died peacefully, with her family at her side, at Bronson Battle Creek on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

She was born September 26, 1935 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Nels J. "Tobey" & Mary E. (Resser) Mason. Betty was a 1953 graduate of Lakeview High School and earned her Associate Degree from Western Michigan University in 1955. Early in life she was employed at L. W. Robinson Department Store in downtown Battle Creek and then for Civil Defense Department prior to her marriage.

Betty Jean Mason married Chris Tocky Christ on September 29, 1956 at the First Congregational Church in Battle Creek. Surviving are Chris, her husband of 61 years; children, John M. (Jill) Christ of Battle Creek; Kristin L. Christ of Troy; Scott M. (Ken Kish) Christ of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, J. Matthew Christ, Teri E. (Adam) Noaeill, David (Ashley) Christ; great-grandchildren, Annabelle Noaeill, Skyler Noaeill, Frankie Christ; a sister, Barbara Gray of Battle Creek and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Sadly Betty was preceded in death by her daughter, Teri Elizabeth Christ on May 23, 1983; a granddaughter, Heather Krueger Moana on June 3, 2015 and her parents.

Betty was a 67 year member of First Congregational Church, where she was a Junior High Youth Administrator, a member of the Winslow-Vore Church Circle and a Board Member of the B.C. Town Hall Lecture Series. Betty participated in PTA Committees and Boards at all levels in the Lakeview School District, she co-chaired with Chris the Lakeview Community Drug Education Program, served on the Incorporating Committee, Lakeview Schools Educational Foundation, member and former president of the Board of Trustees and was named "Outstanding Alumnus of Lakeview High School" in 1988. Betty served on the Family Y Center Board as its Board Secretary and was named "Outstanding Sustainer of the Year" in 1997. She served on and was a former president of the Safe Place Board, co-chaired the 1994 Gala Community Fundraiser Event and named Anne Schwarz Memorial Award "Volunteer of the Year" in 1991. Betty was a member of the United Arts Council Board and co-chaired the Calhoun County Fund Drive in 1992. She was named to the "Volunteer Hall of Fame" for her work with Volunteer Services, formerly Visitors Board. Betty was active with the Community Crisis Line Advisory Committee (Hope Line) predecessor to 211. Betty was one of the organizers and chairpersons on the Advisory Board for the Community Sexual Assault Task Force and its SAS, SANE, CAC. She received the George Award in 1991 for her work with the HOPE Line and Sexual Assault Services Work and was named "Outstanding Advocate" in 2000. Betty was a member and Secretary of Visiting Nurse Services and an original member of the Lifespan Board. She served with Chris on the Organizational Steering Committee for NorthPointe Woods, was a board member, vice chair and chairperson of the Development Advisory Committee and Council. Betty has received the Battle Creek Exchange Club "Book of Golden Deeds Award" and the Boy Scouts of America "Outstanding Citizens Award". She has been a strong supporter of local Children's Youth Theater. In recent years she was also a dedicated board member and volunteer of the Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center, Community HealthCare Connections and Garden of Dreams Preschool and Child Care. One of her greatest community honors was in 2016, with the creation of the Betty J. Christ Endowment Fund for Sexual Assault Services.

She will be remembered by her family as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great -grandmother and aunt. She leaves the community with years of leadership and volunteer accomplishments. For all her dearest and numerous friends; she leaves us with indelible memories of her unique, humorous, elegant and loving personality.

Friends will be received 1:00-3:00 p.m. & 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Services to celebrate Betty's life will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the First Congregational Church, 145 Capital Avenue N.E., Battle Creek, MI 49017. Inurnment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Betty J. Christ Endowment Fund for Sexual Assault Services through the Battle Creek Community Foundation, 32 W. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at

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2435 Territorial Road Battle Creek, MI 49015
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