Ramona (Mona) Jane Christian, nee Brown, passed away on September 9, 2021, after a long illness. She was 91 years old.
Mona was born in Turlock on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1930, to Leroy and Ramona Brown. She graduated from Turlock High School and set off with her best friends, Janet and Eleanor, to San Francisco. While there, she had a short stint as a model at the old I. Magnin store.
She soon was swept off her feet by a handsome, young man, Loren Christian. They shared life’s adventures for 68 years until Loren’s passing in 2017. Mona worked at the Wayside and Greenery Nurseries, worked out in the almond orchards with Pauline Seward and her group of friends, and volunteered for many years at Emanuel Hospital. Her badge of honor, as she was quick to point out, was raising four rambunctious boys and watching them grow up to be four good men. It’s a good thing she and Loren lived in the country in Hilmar for most of the boys’ lives!
Mona loved gardening and nature. She spent many summers exploring the back trails of Yosemite with family, friends, and her sister Kay. She enjoyed listening to the news (KCBS) and discussing politics, having volunteered with the Merced County Democratic party for many years. She was a proud Democrat to the end. For over 40 years, she and Loren attended the Monterey Jazz Festival to enjoy the music.
She is survived by sons, Mark (Linda), Brad (Christie), and Colin (Gloriann) Christian; her late son Eric’s wife, Martha Christian; and many nephews, nieces grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Loren; her son, Eric; and her daughter, Elizabeth. She was also predeceased by her brother, Frank Brown; and sisters, Betty McGlinchey, Jean Ables, and Kathleen Johnston.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at St. Francis Assisted Living for providing comfort and care for Mom for the last four years. It was reassuring to know Mom was taken care of well. We’d also like to thank Dr. James MacLaren for Mom’s care and for his advice during this long journey, and Covenant Care Hospice for their compassionate care during Mom’s final days.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United Samaritans, https://unitedsamaritans.org/donate or Covenant Care Hospice, 125 N. Broadway, Suite 1A, Turlock, CA 95380.
A private family service will be held. Mona will be laid to rest at Turlock Memorial Park, 575 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock.