FLOYD, CHRISTIE IRENE, 50, died Wednesday, October 21, 2009, after a six-year battle with breast cancer. She was blessed to be surrounded by many wonderful family members and friends who lent her tremendous support, joy, laughter and courage over those many years.
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Christie is survived by her mother, Barbara Smith, former principal of Dunn Elementary School; and her husband, Samuel J. Floyd Jr., with whom she was lucky to be joined later in life and with whom she shared a marriage of 15 years. Christie was especially grateful to have given birth to two very talented and compassionate children, Ukiah Smith and Abra Marcum, and to have had the privilege of step-parenting Sequoia Marcum Lanham. Christie was also "Mimi" to Sequoia's two rambunctious sons, Townsend Mitchell Lanham and Clarke Joseph Lanham; and mother-in-law to their father Mitchell Lanham.
Christie began her professional career in 1987 as a paralegal with the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, assisting in the prosecution of domestic violence and child abuse cases and working with some of the most talented prosecutors in Jefferson County. In 1997, she entered the Brandeis School of Law, excelling in all areas of the curriculum and graduating with honors in 2001.
Upon graduation, Christie herself became a prosecutor with Commonwealth's Attorney, R. David Stengel and his dedicated staff, prosecuting domestic violence and child abuse felonies. After a brief retirement, she worked as Director of Academic Support at the Brandeis School of Law, before accepting a position in the office of Mike O'Connell, Jefferson County Attorney, where she resumed the career she loved, working through the criminal justice system to make the world a safer place for women, children and all persons at risk of violence in intimate relationships.
Those wishing to celebrate Christie's life and work are invited to attend an open visitation to be held at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Ave., from 4-8 p.m. Friday October 30, 2009. A private ceremony will be held at Cave Hill Cemetery the following morning.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Exploited Children's Help Organization (ECHO) and to Hosparus of Louisville. See also christiefloyd.com. Foreman's, Jeffersontown, is assisting with arrangements.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2009