Laveta May Christy March 24, 1933 - November 17, 2012 Laveta May Christy was born to Ila D. and Ruth E Shaver on a farm near Agra, Oklahoma. The family lived in Oklahoma until Laveta was the age of 4, and then moved to Shafter, California. She went to grade school in Shafter, and met the Lord in the Nazarene Church. Pastor Seago was the preacher who drove his vehicle around picking up children for Sunday School. Laveta was one of the children. Many people had a part in Laveta's childhood; Lucille Aday, Ruby Songer, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bobst, and a teacher, Mrs. Ditto. During the World War II years, Laveta and her parents moved west of Strathmore and Porterville, California. She attended the Nazarene Church, and went to Prairie Center Grade School, Harmony School and then on to Strathmore High School. Then, Laveta and her parents moved on to Cushing, Oklahoma. She then went to Cushing High School. Laveta married Elmo V. (Chris) Christy on June 30, 1951. They were married 53 years. They had 4 children and made their home in Bakersfield, California. Their church was the Freewill Baptist Church. Laveta worked as a waitress for many years at Annette's Cafe, Susie's Cafe, and Golden State Lanes. She was also a candy packer for Dewar's Candy & Ice Cream Shop. Laveta was preceded in death by her parents, Ila and Ruth Shaver, her husband Elmo V. Christy and step-daughter, Dianna K. Christy-Brown. Laveta's surviving children are, Delena R. Smith and husband Billy; Elmo Keith Christy and wife Denise V.; Denise Renee Christy-Everett and husband Tom; and Holly A. Christy. Laveta had 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. The Lord was good to Laveta, she was blessed. Laveta treasured her many friends. These touched her heart deeply, Randy, Rosemary, Irene, Sue, Melissa, Margie and Connie. The family would like to thank all of our mother's extended family at Emeritus Assisted Living and a special thank you to Dr. Yeh and all the people who cared for her these last days. "Rest in Peace our Dear Mother." In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to
. A graveside service will be held Monday, November 26 at 10am at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, for Laveta May Christy, age 79, of Bakersfield who passed away November 17, 2012 in Bakersfield. A visitation will take place Sunday, November 25 from 4pm to 8pm at Peters Funeral Home, 844 E. Lerdo Hwy, Shafter. Please sign Laveta's guest book at www.GoldenValleyMemorialCare.com Peters Funeral Home www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 23, 2012