Funeral services for Rachel Beitia Christian, 89, of Manchester were held Monday, Nov. 4, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Bro. Ray Marcrom officiating. Interment followed at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Coffee County. Mrs. Christian died Friday, Nov. 1 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
She was born Nov. 27, 1923 in Ponce, Puerto Rico to Cosme Beitia and Julia Arroyo Beitia. She married Vaughn Worth Christian on July 21, 1944, and he preceded her in death on March 19, 2009. Mrs. Christian was a longtime resident of Manchester. She graduated from high school in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico where she was an active athlete (basketball and track). When she first arrived in the United States she worked on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge. Mrs. Christian devoted her remaining years to supporting her family as a homemaker. She loved gardening, movies, shopping and traveling.
In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents and four siblings.
Surviving are her six children, Rod (Teri) Christian of Manchester, Susie (John) Lee of Murfreesboro, Sandy (Vernon) Miller of Belvidere, Sonia (David) Sain of Murfreesboro, Fletcher (Debbie) Christian of Crawfordville, Fla., and Charlotte Christian of Manchester; 10 grandchildren, Shawnya (Michael) Black of Murfreesboro, Chris (Gretchen) Leming of Spring Hill, Holly (Christian) Pearson of Murfreesboro, Ben (Sarah) Leming of Annapolis, Md., Rachel (Bob) Bruner of Chattanooga, Brad( Krystal) Christian of Manchester, Alex (Tristan) Christian of Manchester, Jessica (Jeff) Leech of Murfreesboro, Taylor Christian currently stationed in San Diego, Calif., with the US Navy, and Nikki Christian of Crawfordville, Fla.; 15 great-grandchildren; and one brother Julio (Charlota) Beitia of California.
Online condolences may be made to www.coffeecountyfuneralchapel.com.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Nov. 6, 2013