Shirlee Elizabeth "Beth" Christian

8 May, 193513 November, 2022
Obituary of Shirlee Elizabeth "Beth" Christian
Shirlee ‘Beth’ Christian, 87, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away November 13, 2022. She was born to Alvan and Ruth Lightburne of Liberty, Missouri in 1935. She graduated from Liberty High School in 1953 and attended UMKC as an art major, where she met a recently discharged young Marine named Tom Christian at a dance. They were married in 1954. She worked for Hallmark cards in the art department before becoming a full-time homemaker. She was a wonderful wife and loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, friend and a gifted artist. She was a member of the Hickman Mills Community Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Thomas Charles Christian and son Thomas George Christian. She is survived by daughter Cathy Randle (Brian) of Pleasant Hill, MO and son Joseph Christian of Blue Springs, MO. She had three grandsons, Stephen Christian of Memphis, TN, Jon Randle of Osage Beach, MO and Jacob Randle of Grain Valley, MO, sister Karen Dye, (Gladden) of Kearney, MO, and many treasured nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 18, with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 AM at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri. A Graveside Committal Service will be at 12:00 p.m. in Mount Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wayside Waifs, ( or the National Kidney Foundation, (

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  • Alvan Lightburne Father (deceased)
  • Gertrude Ruth (Huntington) Lightburne Mother (deceased)
  • Thomas "Tom" Charles Christian Husband of 49 years (deceased)
  • Thomas George Christian Son (deceased)
  • Cathy Randle (Brian) Daughter
  • Joseph Christian Son
  • Stephen Christian Grandson
  • Jon Randle Grandson
  • Jacob Randle Grandson
  • Karen Dye Sister
  • Many treasured Nieces & Nephews

  • Brian Randle - Son-in-law Pallbearer
  • Jacob Randle - Grandson Pallbearer
  • Jon Randle - Grandson Pallbearer
  • George Thompson - Grandnephew Pallbearer
  • Nick Thompson - Grandnephew Pallbearer

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Friday, 18 November, 2022


Friday, 18 November, 2022

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Friday, 18 November, 2022

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