On April 28,
Christina Varner, beloved wife and mother, passed from this world to her
Despite the sadness
felt by her family and friends left behind, we rejoice at her release from
physical struggles by the eternal healing of our Heavenly Father.
Although nearly a
life-long resident of Chesterton, Christina was born to Roger and Bette
Prange on July 9, 1944, in Bryan, Texas, where her father served in the Air
For many years, her
primary job was that of homemaker to her husband of 55 years, Brian, and
their three children, Lisa Varner Kelley, Grayden Varner, and Honor Varner
Emmet. Her greatest joy came from spending time with family, including her
six grandchildren, Reagan Kelley Burress, Paige, Riley, and Piper Kelley,
and Norah and Tadhg Varner.
She loved to
travel, whether cruising in the Caribbean, or visiting far-reaching
relatives in Ireland; nurture plants of any kind; and consume books at an
amazing rate. She made friends easily because she was caring and loyal.
Always humble and soft-spoken, she may have never understood how deeply felt
and greatly appreciated were her influence of non-judgmental kindness and
quiet support. Her sense of kindness extended to both humans and animals, as
her lifetime tribe of pets who greeted her at the Rainbow Bridge would
attest. At heart, she was a loving, nurturing, and gracious caregiver, to
her family; friends; pets; the deer, coyotes, and foxes who called her East
Oak Hill Road backyard their home; and the indoor and outdoor plants
fortunate to be under the influence of her prodigious green thumb.
Her legacy will be
carried on by her husband, children, and grandchildren who loved her
profoundly and miss her tremendously.