Lucille, Mom and Nannie, decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing "Yes" in the sky.

Lucille May Christie, 90, of Prosser whispered away on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010.

Lucille was born Jan. 23, 1920, the daughter of Harold and Myrtle (Sutten) Howe.

When Lucille was five, her mother, Myrtle passed away and was later raised by Harold and Irene Howe.

In 1939 she married Werner Johnson in Seattle. Werner passed away due to a logging accident.

Lucille later met Bill Christie and they were married in Las Vegas, Nev. in 1955. She with her husband, Bill Christie managed Lower Valley Golf Course (Black Rock Creek) from 1958 to 1982.

Lucille is survived by one son, Bob Johnson of Prosser; two daughters, Dora (Mike) Hogue of Prosser and grandson, Riley Hogue and Connie Carpino of Sunnyside and grandchildren, Lorie Hull, Chantelle Wisner, Jennifer Carpino and Zachery Carpino; four great-grandchildren, Amie Ell, Brittny Smith, Mathew Wisner and Kyle Wisner; three great-great-grandchildren, Emma Ell, Myah Ell and True Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Myrtle; stepmother, Irene Howe; first husband, Werner Johnson; second husband, Bill Christie in 1985; one daughter, Debbie Christie; one great-granddaughter, Brandi Barlow; two brothers, Donnie Howe and Bernard Howe; and one sister, Marie Rose.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2011, at 1 p.m., at Mercer Estates Winery in Prosser.

Those wishing to honor Lucille's memory may contribute to Lower Valley Hospice or the Sheffield Manor Resident Memorial Fund.

Those wishing to sign Lucille's on-line memorial book you may do so at

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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