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Diana Christie

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Diana Christie Obituary

Diana Christie was born on what was most likely a foggy day in San Francisco on May 14, 1934 to Louis and Jacqueline Sorensen and her older sister Jackie. After a few years in Daily City, the family moved to sunny Fairfield where Diana spent most of her school years. She attended Armijo High School where she made life-long friends - and who, after 65 years, still gather to celebrate their class reunion. Although the standing joke is, it's really to see who's still kicking after all this time. An avid tennis player and cheerleader, she was awarded the Senior Cup, an honor given to the male and female student who are considered most outstanding in athletics and activities.

After graduating from Armijo High School in 1952, Diana attended Sacramento Junior College (now Sacramento City College) studying art and literature. Still tearing up the tennis courts with her skillful backhand and cheering on the football team as a member of the Yell Squad, Diana was named Homecoming Queen in her senior year. She loved to talk about her time studying under the famous painter Wayne Thiebaud, during the formative years of the pop-art movement. She did lament not getting him to sign the many sketches of his that she had. But then "who knew" those silly drawings might be worth money one day. She proudly still had her art board from school, purchased only after skipping lunch for a month to save for the expense.

After graduating with her AA in fine arts in 1955, Diana worked in Sacramento in the car business; handling post-sales paperwork for the DMV. Now that may not sound exciting but it was that line of work which put her in the path of her future husband Jack. Diana was - in the parlance of the time - quite the looker. When she'd stopped by the car lot he was working at to meet her current beau, Jack - being the sneaky cad he was - informed her that the beau had been called away on business but that perhaps he could accompany her for the evening seeing as she was all dressed up and he was done for the day and wouldn't it be a shame if they didn't make the most of it. The beau had simply stepped out with a customer and was soon to return, but that didn't stop Jack from spinning a story to win a pretty lady's heart. The rest, as they say, is history!

Jack and Diana married on Father's Day, June 17, 1962 in Sacramento. Diana gave up her cherished pink convertible T-Bird - oh the stories it could tell! - for a more sensible family car when they moved to Yuba City in 1968. Jack and Diana adopted their son Darrin in 1967, followed by their daughter DeEtte in 1969. They ran several successful businesses including Hub City Dodge in Marysville and most recently, Christie's Fine Art & Framing at the Hilcrest Plaza in Yuba City.

Her family was her life and she didn't stop there. Diana had more than enough mothering to spread around. She was an honorary mom to many of her kids' friends and continued to be a "dial-a-mom" when advice and a pep talk was in order. If advice was delivered in person, you can bet food was also dispensed, and often the emotionally propped up recipient was sent on their way with a bag of goodies to keep them in good spirits.

She never met a grilled cheese sandwich that she didn't like and wouldn't dream of turning down something as glorious as a BLT. A perfect evening at home meant snuggling on the couch in front of the TV with Jack and at least one cat, a crisp glass of Sauv Blanc in hand, plus a requisite foot massage from the hubby. She knew how to Netflix and chill long before Netflix was a twinkle in anyone's eye.

Diana is survived by her husband Jack Christie of Yuba City; her children Darrin Christie of Alameda CA and DeEtte Christie of West Hollywood CA; nephews David Maher of Bakersfield CA and Scott Maher of Long Beach; nieces Deborah Maher and Terry Maher both of Utah; and her beloved grand-cats, Dom and Milo who are living happily with their Grandpa Jack until such time as they are welcomed to the halls of Valhalla.

Everyone who remembers her is asked to celebrate Diana's life in their own way; raising a glass of their favorite drink in her memory would be quite appropriate.

Instead of flowers, Diana would hope that you just take a moment and be sure to tell someone you care for just how much you love them. A hug would be nice too. No public service or memorial is planned.

And now the final curtain…

I've loved, I've laughed and cried

I've had my fill, my share of losing

And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing

To think I did all that

And may I say, not in a shy way

Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way

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Published in Appeal Democrat from June 21 to June 22, 2017
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