Charles Henry CHRISTIAN Billye CHRISTIAN Ishmael Leland CHRISTIAN Tommy BROWNING Lynn BYRD Mahlon Duane CHRISTIAN Tresel Georgine TABOR Mini tree diagram

Bette Jo CHRISTIAN1,6,5,2,3,4

25th May 19291,2,3,4 - 18th Jun 20146,5,4

Life History

25th May 1929

Born in Mountain View, Oklahoma.1,2,3,4


Resident in Oakdale, Washita, Oklahoma.1

before Dec 1954

Married Tommy BROWNING.4

before 11th Dec 1954

Death of Tommy BROWNING.4

11th Dec 1954

Married Lynn BYRD in Silver City, New Mexico.4

after Nov 2004

Death of Lynn BYRD in Willcox, Cochise, Arizona.6

18th Jun 2014

Died in Willcox, Cochise, Arizona.6,5,4

28th Jun 2014

Buried in Bell Cemetery, Willcox, Cochise County, Arizona.5,4


  • 1930 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma, 15 April, OakdaleTownship, District 17, page 9A, Hse #156, Fam #168
    Christian, Charlie H  Head  M W 36 married at age 25  Okla Miss MissFarmer
    Christian, Tresa  Wife F W 26 married at age 15  Tex Miss Miss
    Christian, Bettie J  Dau F W  mos Okla Okla Texas [born in June 1929]

    1940 Federal Census, Pima County, California, 20 April, Tucson,District 10-55, page 18B, 240 Lowell Rd, Hse #473, Owns $300
    Christian, Charles Head M W 47 Married Grade 7 Oklahoma same place in1935 No Occup [b abt 1893]
    Christian, Tresel Wife M W 37 Married Grade H1 b Texas  same place in1935 [b abt 1903]
    Christian, Betty Jo Dau F W 10 Single Grade 5 Oklahoma same place in1935 [b abt 1930]

    I have found little on Bette.  In her brother Ishmael's obituary, sheis listed among the survivors.  In her parents' Find a Grave memorial,her name is spelled Bette.  I aahve not seen a  photo of hergravestone.

    Ishmael Leland "Ish" Christian

    Age 82, of Globe, passed away November 16, 2004, at Heritage HealthCare Center. He was born in Mountain View, Oklahoma on October 3,1922, the son of Tersal Georgine (Tabor) and Charles Henry Christian.
    Left behind in loving memory are: his wife of 36 years, Mary E.Christian of Globe, AZ;
    son, Allan L. Christian and his fiancee, Patty Pavel of Fairfax, VA;
    daughters, Rita Hassard and her husband, Glen of Globe, AZ, Betty L.Bucks and her husband, Phillip of Tucson, AZ;
    granddaughters, Rita Lee Oldham of Globe, AZ, Manda Coe of Tucson, AZ;step-granddaughter, Paula McNutt and her husband, Warren of Globe, AZ;
    four great-grandchildren, Amber Martinez and Andrew Martinez ofTucson, AZ; and John Oldham and Curtis Oldham of Globe, AZ;
    brother, Dwayne Christian of Iowa; sister, Betty Jo Byrd of Willcox,AZ; brother-in-law, Bill Duncan of Catalina, AZ;
    nephew, David Christian and his wife, Leslie of Tucson, AZ.
    His parents and sister, Billye Duncan preceded him in death.

    --  Unknown Newspaper, Tucson, Arizona, 23 November 2004,

    U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
    Bette J Byrd
    Birth Date 25 May 1929
    Phone Number 384-3300
    Address PO Box 44, Willcox, AZ, 85644-0044 (1993)
    Address Ft Grant Rd, Willcox, AZ, 85643
    Address E Camelback Road Rd, Willcox, AZ, 85644


    Bette Joe Byrd, of Willcox died June 18, 2014 at the age of 85. Shewas born in Mountain View, Oklahoma to Charles Christian and Tresal(neeTaber) Christian on May 25, 1929.  Bette has resided in Arizonafor the last 83 years and attended schools in Tucson (Flowing Wells),Bowie, Ft. Thomas and was a graduate of Willcox High School.

    After high school she started working for Mountain Bell TelephoneCompany in Willcox, 1st as an operator and then eventually working incustomer service in the new telephone building on Curtis Ave, andwould retire after 33 ½ years as a clerk in the plant office. While atMountain Bell she would see the company change to US West then Qwest.On December 11, 1954 in Silver City, New Mexico she would marry LynnByrd.

    Survivors include her daughter Jody Clement of Willcox and her sonMichael Byrd of Tucson. She is also survived by her brother DuWayneChristian of Dubuque, Iowa and
    her grandchildren Gary Lynn ( Marci) Clement and Greg ( Cindy) Clementboth of Willcox, Michael ( Nicole) Clement of Mescal and ChristopherByrd of Phoenix and
    her great grandchildren Christian, Nicholas, Nathan, Jamie, Justin,Tyler, Delaney, Mason and Vincent along with numerous nieces andnephews.

    Preceding her in death were her husbands Tommy Browning and Lynn Byrd,her son Robert ( Bobby) Byrd, an older sister and brother and herson-in-law Gary Clement.

    A memorial service will be held at the Bell Cemetery June 28,beginningat 10:30 a.m.  services entrusted to Westlawn Chapel and Cemetery,Willcox, Arizona. Arizona Range News, 24 June 2014, accessed 18 July2014,


  • 1. 1930 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 15 April, Oakdale Township, District 17, page 9A, Hse #156, Fam #168
  • 2. 1940 Federal Census, Pima County, California
    • 20 April, Tucson, District 10-55, page 18B, 240 Lowell Rd, Hse #473,
  • 3. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1
  • 4. Obituary of Bette Jo Christian Browning Byrd, Arizona Range News, 24June 2014
  • 5. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 6. Obituary of Ishmael Leland Christian, Unknown Newspaper, Tucson,Arizona, 23 November 2004

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