Beal, Jimmie Christine, resident of Lancaster, Ca, passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on November 9, 2021. She was born a two-pound twin on January 7, 1925 in the cold winter of Baxter Springs, Kansas. Her twin sister Freida, passed away shortly after birth, while Christine (her preferred name) fought to beat the odds of a preemie baby in 1925. This became the character foundation for this 4ft. 10in. spitfire of a survivor.
Christine graduated from Ben Franklin High School in 1944. She began her employment as a “Rosie Riveter” on the B-17 bomber at 17 years old. She later worked waitressing at Van de Camp bakery in Glendale. Her further careers in Lancaster were for AAA Auto Club, followed by executive secretary at Edwards Air Force Base, and lastly retiring after working 20 years for Los Angeles County Social Services.
Sewing for survival was a natural learned talent for those born in the early 1920’s. Flour sacks and gunny sacks provided material for clothing. This type of sewing was the groundwork for a lifetime of refining techniques for Christine. Crocheting and knitting were natural compliments to her excellent sewing. Her quilting became her canvas of art, providing her children and many grands with the gifts of her talents.
Christine is survived by her children Cheryll Stephens (husband, Wayland Morgan), Bill Beal (wife, Denise), Diana Morrow (husband, Daniel), and preceded in death by her son Steven Beal (wife, Connie). She will also be missed by her 12 living grandchildren, one preceding her in death, 15 living great grandchildren, with two preceding her in death, and 3 great, great grandchildren, along with her rescue pup, Tina.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 11a.m. on February 12, 2022 at Halley Olsen-Murphy Mortuary in Lancaster. This will be followed by a gathering of friends and family for food, fond memories, and fabulous story telling. You are welcome to join us at 457 Shasta Place, Palmdale. Weather permitting, we will gather outside for safe distancing. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Lost and Found Dogs USA Network at www.chasingdogs.org.