Patricia (Pat) Mae Christena passed away Nov. 3, 2014 in Hesston.
She was widowed to John Earl Jones, a World War II veteran, in 1943 – birth father to John M. Christena.
She was a beloved wife for 55 years to Dr. Ray C. Christena, who preceded her in death in 2002.
She has two surviving sisters, Betty McCracken, Cherokee Village, Ark. And Jane Couch, Billings, Mont. She leaves five children, John (Marianne) Christena of Flint, Mish.; Julia (Don) McFall of Centennial, Col., James R. (Becky) Christena of Wichita Anna (Rick) Wenatchee, Wash and Mary (Ray) Paulsen of Hesston.
In addition she leaves many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was a devoted mother who encouraged her children to practice self-reliance and perseverance.
She was born in 1924 in Sullivan, Ind., to Naomi and Jesse E. Bedwell. She received a degree in English and botany from Indiana University. She brought beauty into this world by growing large blooming gardens of irises, daylilies and peonies as well as many indoor tropical plants.
A memorial service will be held at Schowalter Villa chapel on Nov. 15 at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Schowalter Villa.