A memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at First United Methodist Church, Claude with the Rev. George Price, District Superintendent, Abilene officiating. Private family burial 11:00 a.m. at Claude Cemetery is under direction of Boxwell Brothers Claude Chapel, 200 Parks St.
Visitation will be Friday, April 6, 2018, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Claude.
Anne was born December 21, 1933 in Ralls, Texas to John and Hazelle Thomas. The family moved to Lubbock and Coffeyville, Kansas before returning to Ralls in 1944. She graduated from Ralls High School in 1951. Anne graduated from Texas Tech University, College of Home Economics (B.S. Home Economics, Specialization in Clothing and Textiles), and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. She was first President of the Tech Chapter one year after the organization became a National Fraternity. The fraternity awarded her its White Violet Award for 50 years of service.
Anne married Tom Terrill Christian March 12, 1958 in Perryton, Texas, and soon they established their home on the Christian Family ranch south of Claude. And she joined the community as supporter, advocate, defender, and champion—a local friend commented that Anne would recognize a need in the community, would work to make a change, and wouldn’t stop until the work was done.
She attended First United Methodist Church in Claude, where she served on many church boards, and was a member of United Methodist Women in Claude and throughout the Methodist Conference. She raised her children focusing on Christian values, education and community service.
Anne was a member of Unity Study Club and several bridge clubs—she played lots of bridge. She enjoyed visiting her grandkids. She loved watching Texas Tech University football and basketball with her “Guns Up”. Lunch with the birthday girls club was a favorite activity.
She assisted Tom throughout his political career as a State Representative, served in the High Plains Republican Women, and on several Governor’s wife events in Austin. She served on: Board of Potter Randall County MHMR, Wesley Community Center, Martha’s Home (Amarillo), United Methodist Women Board of the Panhandle, Friends of Harrington Cancer Center (Panhandle Representative), Golden Nail Award Committee (Panhandle Representative), and Texas Tech University Alumni Association.
Later Anne and Tom were approached by Amarillo Chamber of Commerce to start a tourism business in this area, and Cowboy Morning was born–Anne served as President of Cowboy Morning. She served on Amarillo Convention and Visitor’s Council and Texas Travel Industry Association Board. She and Tom were always in attendance at the annual convention and legislative dinner. They worked tirelessly to improve tourism in Texas especially in Amarillo and Palo Duro Canyon.
Anne served as board member of Armstrong County Museum in Claude. She was appointed Co-Chair for Charles Goodnight House Restoration and creation of Charles Goodnight Historical Center in Goodnight, Texas. She worked with architects, engineers, and contractors to assure authentic restoration with historic accuracy. Her efforts included soliciting gifts, developing education exhibits for the Historical Center, and promoting tourism for the Center.
She is survived by her husband Tom; two brothers, John Thomas Jr. (Mary Nell) of Lubbock and Jean Thomas of Key West, FL; her children Frannie (Randy) Nuttall of Amarillo, Joe (Diana) Christian of Frisco, Rit (Shay) Christian of Claude, Mary (Tom) Hayden of Arlington; her grandchildren Garrett Nuttall, Joshua (Cody) Christian, Allie Christian, Kaila Christian, James Terrill Christian, Rachel Hayden, Michael (Kirstin) Hayden, Scott Hayden; her great-grandchildren Elijah Christian, Jeremiah Christian.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Charles Goodnight Historical Center, in care of Armstrong County Museum, P O Box 450, Claude, TX 79019 – Anne Christian Memorial.