Marie Harrell Christie, 1923-2013

Marie ChristieMarie Harrell Christie, 90, of Little Rock passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. 
She was the daughter of the Rev. Van Wesley Harrell and Lula Brady Harrell, and was married for almost 60 years to the Rev. James Edward Christie, who preceded her in death.
She was a wonderful wife, loving mother, sister and aunt; and a friend to many. At age 15, her father’s church bought an organ with no one available to play it. After traveling to Little Rock weekly for lessons, she became the church’s organist. At that time, funeral homes also began buying organs. She would skip and then make up high school classes to help with funerals until she could teach someone to play for them. 
Marie graduated from Stuttgart High School and attended Hendrix College, colleges in Louisiana, Southern Methodist University and Columbia University. She was active in the American Guild of Organists in Dallas, Texas, and in every church choir where she and her husband served. She also was a talented and trained soprano, singing in church choirs and, later, the Cantorias women’s choir in Little Rock.
Together she and her husband served churches in Louisiana and Arkansas, and later traveled all over the U.S. for the General Board of Global Ministries. Home was wherever she and James were together. Family, service and hospitality were the cornerstones of her life.
She is survived by a son, James Kenneth Christie and his wife, Phebe Duff; a grandson, Aaron Christie; and a sister, Virginia Shreeve, and her children, Kay Marie, Michael and Jane Lea.
Following burial at Rest Hills Memorial Park, a memorial service was held Jan. 10 at St. James UMC Little Rock.