Christy Watenpaugh

Obituary of Christy Ann Watenpaugh

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Christy passed away on 22 April 2023 shortly after her 88th birthday. She is preceded in death by her parents Rev. Donald G. and Winnifred Smith, and by her husband Phil. Christy is survived by sons David and Don; their wives Kay and Shannon, respectively; grandchildren Gwen, Fiona, Logan, Denton, Kendra, and Jenna; extended family and friends too numerous to mention; and countless others. As Shannon said, “Chris never met a stranger.” According to her wishes, Christy was cremated and her ashes will be scattered a few special places most dear to her.

Family and friends will celebrate Christy’s life at Grace Lutheran Church, 210 Park Row Dr., Arlington, Texas on Saturday 1 July at 11 AM. A service will be followed by a reception. The event will be live-streamed. At the reception, attendees may share brief stories of their time with Christy. Others may email remembrances to, and we can read them at the reception upon request. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the DFW Humane Society or the Humane Society animal shelter nearest you.

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It is written as imagined by her family, in her words and in the style of her yearly Christmas letter.