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DABNEY, Christiane M. Christiane M. Weakley Dabney lost her courageous five year battle with breast cancer on September 8, 2017. She was sixty eight. Chris was born in Holzkirchen, Germany. With her parents and younger brother she immigrated to America when she was five. One of the proudest days for her and her family was becoming American citizens after settling in California. Chris graduated from Pacific Union College, Angwin, Ca., with a B.S. in Psychology in 1971. She married Navy Specialist Russell Weakley. They were stationed in Germany. Her childhood language fluency quickly returned. With it Chris obtained employment teaching English in a German public school. When they returned stateside, McDonald's Corporation hired Chris to manage its Cumberland Mall location. Chris' work ethic and excellent leadership led this facility to generate the highest single day sales in the US. Looking for a different challenge Chris became a bank teller at First National Bank of Cobb County. She quickly rose through the ranks to become a commercial lender. After she divorced Chris co-founded, organized and served as the first President of Paces Bank and Trust in Buckhead. Chris served as the Atlanta Group President of the National Association of Banking Women 1988 - 1999. Chris was inducted into the Pinnacle Registry established by the Woman's Commerce Club to honor Atlanta's Highest Women Achievers in March, 1990. Chris met John Dabney that same year and they married in 1992. Chris retired from Paces Bank and Trust. She managed John's law practice. They lived on Lake Lanier. Chris was an avid gardener. She thrived in her affectionately dubbed "floozy garden" where she cultivated herbs, flowers and butterfly bushes. She loved her family and community lavishly, hosting them often and nurturing them with her legendary cooking. She read cookbooks and novels avidly. Her kind soul rescued two cats, two golden retrievers and, most recently, a mixed terrier named Travis. Chris was known for her generosity, intelligence, wicked wit and unrelenting pursuit of excellence. She was pragmatic; accepted her final circumstance; and offered courage, comfort and strength to those fighting cancer with her. Her legacy will endure with all who knew her. She is survived by her husband John; her sisters Hanna Keith and Maria Sylvester; and her brothers Michael and John Hirschmann. In lieu of flowers the Family requests that donations be made to Northside Hospital Foundation Breast Care Program. Condolences may be expressed at Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886.9899.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 10, 2017
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