Christine Stephanie Maher, 69, passed away peacefully at her home in Shalimar on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 with family at her side. During the past year she valiantly fought an aggressive cancer that eventually spread throughout her body. Throughout this ordeal, Brian remained at her side while she retained her bright personality, her keen sense of humor and her love of life. She continued to quilt and crochet as much as possible and her only regret in passing was that she could not complete a blanket for her newest grandson, baby Rhys.
Chris was born in Brooklyn NY on March 3, 1950 of Arthur and Stephanie Marzo. She attended Fontbonne Hall Academy and, while there, met Brian. They dated throughout Brian’s time at the Air Force Academy and were married in their local parish soon after on June 13, 1970. They departed Brooklyn for their lifetime adventure in the Air Force which took them to Laredo, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Okinawa, West Point, Montgomery, Fort Bragg and eventually to Hurlburt Field. Chris was the perfect Air Force wife, strong in time of need, friendly to all and a mentor to family and friends alike. She was fiercely patriotic and able to find humor in any situation. Brian and Chris shared a love of travel; their time cruising and visiting Disney World with their children and grandchildren were their best memories.
Chris is survived by her husband and life-long companion Brian and four loving children, Pamela and son-in-law Dave, Matt and daughter-in-law Kara, Tim and daughter-in-law Michele, and Tina who is her namesake. She leaves six wonderful grandchildren, Payton, Jameson, Isabella Grace, Simon, Jude and baby Rhys, all who held a special place in Chris’ heart. She is also survived by her brother Ronald, sister Susan and their families who were all very close to Chris.
A wake will be held at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home on Racetrack Road this Saturday and Sunday, January 25-26 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM each day. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at the Eglin AFB West Gate Chapel at 10 AM on Monday, January 27th. Please note that base access is required if attending the Mass. A private burial will occur at a later date in Barrancas National Cemetery.
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