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Royer, Christina Neuhauser (1875-1967)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1967 Mar 23 p. 8

Birth date: 1875 Apr 16

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Christina Neuhauser Royer was born April 16, 1875 in Concord, the next-to-the-youngest child of Christian B. and Catherine Stoltzfus Neuhauser. Her four brothers and four sisters and a tiny grandson, John Timothy Neff, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her 93-year-old husband, Isaiah W. Royer, with whom she observed the 60th wedding anniversary last Oct. 16; three daughters, Mary of the Goshen College faculty; Katherine, who has been her constant nurse for the last ten years; and Mrs. Elizabeth Neff, and son-in-law, Dr. Charles Neff, and namesake granddaughter Christina in whose home she and her husband have lived since moving to California from Orrville, Ohio in 1957.

From the Neff home in Upland, Calif. she entered Heaven Jan. 20, 1967 at the age of 91, gently and serenely as she had lived.

She attended Girls' High School in Knoxville, Tenn. and the Quaker Friendsville Academy in Friendsville, Tenn., where she graduated in 1893. While a student at Friendsville she made public profession of her faith in Jesus as her Saviour and Lord. She was received by baptism into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church at Concord, Tenn. She prepared for teaching at Holbrook Normal School and the University of Tennesee, and taught for ten years in elementary schools in Tennessee and Louisiana.

In 1906 she became the wife of a preacher whose ministries she helpfully and faithfully shared in the College Church at Goshen, Ind.; the 26th St. Mennonite Mission in Chicago, and for 40 years in the Orrville Mennonite Church, Orrville, Ohio. In Orrville she served for 35 years as superintendent of the children's department.

Memorial services were conducted at the 7th St. Mennonite Church in Upland Jan. 23 by Pastor Roger Richer assisted by Bishop Sherman Maust and Min. George Beare. Entombment was at Bellevue Mausoleum.

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