Christine Phyllis Ward ((Sunshine), 70, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Birmingham , Ala.
She was born on March 17, 1949, in Akron, Ohio, but lived most of her life in Tennessee.
She is survived by her children: Kenneth Lee Gilbert, Christal Alecia Haynes (Scott), and Houston Clay Ward; her grandchildren: Bennett Christopher Haynes and Addison Christine Haynes; her sister, Candance Marion Barré; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Marion Irene Reese; her stepfather, Ronald Raymond Reese Sr. (Bill); and her brother, Dennis Earle Griffin Sr.
Christine was an avid and loyal member of the Plumbers & Steamfitters UA Local 43 in Chattanooga, and spent many decades working as a pipefitter. She was passionate about womens’ rights and equality in the trade industry.
There is so much to be said about Christine, but the most influential part of her personality was her selflessness for others. She gave even when she barely had anything to give. Her smile and laugh were infectious, hence her nickname “Sunshine.” She will be missed by many.
The family will host visitors on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church in Cleveland. A Catholic mass will follow at 11 a.m., after which a reception will be held for family to gather with friends to share stories and toast to a life well lived.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice, since Christine was so passionate about giving to others. Her two favorite charities that she contributed to was St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Disabled American Veterans.
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