Kathryn F. Christian

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Kathryn Frutchey Christian, age 79, died peacefully at her home on February 20, 2018, after a long and courageous journey with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Eldest child of Arthur Frutchey and Alice Stitt Frutchey, she was raised in Upper Montclair, NJ.

In 1961 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Hood College in Frederick, MD, in conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, MA.

After three years of devoted dating and courtship, Kathryn Alice Frutchey and Robert S. Christian, the love of her life, were married on June 10, 1961, at Montclair Heights Reformed Church in Upper Montclair, NJ. Kathy and Bob have enjoyed a long and happy marriage for nearly 57 years.

Kathryn F. Christian enjoyed a long career in nursing, beginning at Memorial Hospital in Morristown, NJ. In Fayetteville, she worked as a college infirmary nurse at Methodist University, then Methodist College, for nine years. Bob taught the students when they were well, and Kathy nursed them back to health when they were sick. Kathryn loved working for eleven years in the department of labor and delivery at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, assisting at the births of over 4,000 babies. Later, for approximately a decade, she was a doctor’s office nurse with Dr. Linda McAlister, OB-GYN. Following retirement from nursing, Kathryn returned to Methodist University for twelve and a half years, working at Davis Memorial Library in circulation services and in the archives, where she carefully preserved important institutional documents and memorabilia. Her employment at Methodist University spanned over twenty-one non-consecutive years.

Kathryn Christian was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, grandmother, and friend to many. For fifty years she was an active member of Hay Street United Methodist Church and longtime member of United Methodist Women. She loved to attend many cultural events at Methodist University and in the Fayetteville community. She loved spending time at the beach, usually Kure Beach and occasionally Emerald Isle, and she loved the mountains in western North Carolina, especially at Lake Junaluska. Kathy and Bob enjoyed long trips to the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Hawaii, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Italy, the British Isles (three times), and Israel.

Kathryn Frutchey Christian was pre-deceased by her parents, Alice and Arthur Frutchey, and is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert S. Christian; a son, Peter Graham Christian; a daughter, Esther Christian Harris and her husband, Josh Harris; grandchildren David and Rachel Castaldo and Mitchell Harris; her brother, James Frutchey; her sister, Gwen Frutchey Brittain; two nieces, Lara and Jennifer Brittain, several cousins, and many good friends—all of whom will miss her and cherish her memory.

The family wishes to express our deep gratitude to ALL of the wonderful people who have reached out to us in a variety of loving, caring, supportive ways—thoughts, prayers, notes, visits, food—Hay Street United Methodist Church, the Methodist University community, Susan Deason, Home Instead Senior Care and their superb caregivers, Cape Fear Valley Hospice and Palliative Care under the leadership of Dr. Catherine Kelly and all of their loving, caring assistance, and the list could go on and on.

A Service of Death and Resurrection for Kathryn Frutchey Christian will be held at Hay Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 2:00 pm with the Rev. David Blackman officiating. The family will greet those who wish to visit with them in the sanctuary of the church from 1:00-1:45 pm. Funeral arrangements have been made with Jernigan-Warren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hay Street United Methodist Church, 320 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301 or to the Kathryn F. and Robert S. Christian Endowed Scholarship Fund, Office of Development and Advancement, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28311. Checks should be made out to Methodist University and designated for the scholarship.