Mary Lou's Story
Mary Lou Christy passed away peacefully in her sleep Thursday (Oct. 20, 2016) while a resident of Fitzwater's Assisted Living Facility and under hospice care.
The world lost a truly good person, I lost a wonderful wife, and the Ellis family lost a loving sister. It is heartbreaking to us all but she is resting now and at peace.
Mary Lou was born May 5, 1936, second daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Ellis. She was raised along with her three sisters and two brothers down near Buffalo Creek. She would talk about the fun they had learning to swim and playing in the creek. She so enjoyed her older sister Barb taking her into town on Saturdays and going to the movies. She often told me of the fun they had together.
Mary Lou worked most of her adult life both in the private sector and state and federal governments. She was a dedicated worker no matter what the job. She was also a Notary Public in Berkeley County. Her last job was for the IRS Computer Center in Martinsburg. She had many close friends in the Eastern Panhandle. She retired in the fall of 1996.
Mary Lou and I were married Dec. 16, 1961, in Winchester, Virginia. For me, it was the beginning of a great life. She was such a good wife and she taught me so much. We were really good buddies. She always kept a good house but she would find the time to help me with the garden, mowing grass or cutting wood. She always tried to help me with everything. She was an animal lover, especially cats. I still have four of her cats that I am caring for. I know she would want me to take good care of them.
Mary Lou is survived by her husband of almost 55 years, Cecil C. "Chris" Christy; her sisters, Barbara and her husband Spencer Adams, Josephine "Jo" and her husband Orville "Bud" Bell, and Katherine "Katy" Roundtree; brother, Joseph "Danny" Ellis and his wife Barbara and youngest brother Thomas "Tommy" Ellis and his wife Fran; also many nieces and nephews.
Our thanks and appreciation go out to Heather, Missy and all the staff at Fitzwater's for loving and taking care of our Mary Lou and for the help of the hospice nurses in her last days. Thanks to our great neighbors Cindy and Vince Gouzd, Susan and Joe Closson, Crissy and Mike Daugherty, and Kayla and P.J. Thanks Vince for all the great food you would bring over and for singing along with Mary Lou. She really enjoyed singing with you.
Mary Lou is to be cremated and her ashes scattered where her parents' ashes were scattered. This is what she told me she wanted long ago.
"Mary Lou, I will always love you and I miss you so much. You will always be a part of me. I will take care of your kitties."
In memory of Mary Lou, friends are encouraged to support your local animal shelters.
The Frey Home For Funerals has been entrusted with the care and cremation of Mary Lou. There will be no funeral or other service at this time.
Messages of condolence can be sent to C.C. Christy, 3694 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on  October 30, 2016