OBITUARY

Christy Earl Horton

January 26, 1947March 4, 2019
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Christy E. Horton, 72, of Amarillo passed away on Monday, March 04, 2019 in her home in Lake Tanglewood.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm in the Memorial Park Funeral Home, 6969 E. Interstate 40. Graveside services will held on Thursday, March 07, 2019 at 2pm in Memorial Park Cemetery Garden of Hope with Randy Srader presiding.

Mrs Horton was born in Amarillo, Texas on January 26, 1947 to Earl and Vada Loper. She married Garland Horton Jr in 1965. Together they had a daughter, Kimberly Horton who preceded her in death in 2013. Christy was a devoted wife and Christian. She had love and compassion for everyone.

Christy was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, and brother in law Allen Horton.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Garland, grandchildren Brandon, Mason, Ian and Ava all of Dallas; brother Don Loper and wife Linda of Amarillo, three nephews Brad Loper and wife Adrienne and their children Nathaniel, Ian, Gabe and Jacqueline all of Arlington, and Joseph and John Horton; and a niece Janice Stoner and husband Chad of Canyon. She also leaves behind a great niece, Alyssa Close and husband Ben and their children Cooper, Sadie, and Waylon; cousins Billy and Jerry Gilbert, and many other loving family and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made to the Faith City Mission in honor of Christy.

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  • Grant Lamb, Honorary Bearer
  • Terry Bell, Honorary Bearer
  • Eddie Winningham, Honorary Bearer
  • Jim Bob Winningham, Honorary Bearer
  • Sam Rogers, Honorary Bearer
  • Fred Winters, Honorary Bearer
  • Eldon Newton, Honorary Bearer
  • Chad Stoner, Honorary Bearer
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Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
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Biography

      When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Christy Earl Horton who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Christy was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Christy knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

      Christy was born on January 26, 1947 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Amarillo, TX. Her parents were Earl and Vada Loper. Christy was raised in Amarillo, TX. Even as a youngster, Christy learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Christy was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Christy was raised with one sibling. She had one older brother. Christy had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Christy, this was a natural order of life, one she gladly embraced.

      Christy's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during her childhood. As a young girl, Christy enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Christy took part in basketball and volleyball. She was a Girl Scout. In her spare time she liked art and interior decorating. Christy's memorable achievements included being a good scholar.

      In school, Christy was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She would eagerly complete her homework, and often put in extra study time when she felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Christy was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Christy’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” She graduated from Amarillo High and Caprock High School in 1965. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was art.

      Christy was sociable and approachable. Because she was always so straightforward in how she approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. She enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Christy was a member of a group, her interaction worked to keep the others grounded. She wasn’t afraid to confront her friends and, when necessary, she challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Christy came to expect her high standards of performance. While growing up, some of her best friends were Barbara Mock. Later in life, she became friends with Grant and Carol Lamb, Chris and Bill Shelton, Debbie and Randy Srader, Terry and Cynthia Bell, Eddie and Nancy Winningham, and Larry and Patricia Kopp.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Christy reveled in the security of her family. On August 27, 1965 Christy exchanged wedding vows with Garland Marion Horton Junior at the Grace Baptist Church of Amarillo, TX. One of Christy’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.

      Christy was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Christy would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Christy was blessed with two children, one daughter, Kimberly and a son who passed prior to birth. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Brandon, Mason, Ian, and Ava.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Christy was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Christy was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Christy upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was a housewife and home builder. She was employed for Shelton's Flowers. Christy was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Christy approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were art, interior decorating, floral desing, and traveling. Christy was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Christy to do in life and that carried over to her enjoyment of sports. In high school, Christy played basketball and softball. Recreational sports included mixed volleyball league. She also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were watching her daughter play basketball.

      Being generous with her time and energy, Christy liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. She was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. Her desire to uphold traditions and her ability to take charge of any type of project made her a tremendous asset. Throughout her later years, Christy was an active member of the Angel Tree Prison Ministry.

      Faith was important to Christy. She held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay she saw around her. For that reason she held deep spiritual beliefs that she was willing to share. She was a member Grace Baptist aka Oasis Southwest Baptist since 1963. During that time, she was a Sunday School Teacher on bus ministry.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Christy used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Christy had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Juarez and Acapulco Mexico, and California Redwoods.

      Christy was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Christy’s favorites was Shelby Girl, a yorkie. They were best friends for two years.

      When Christy’s retirement finally arrived in 1969, she was well prepared. She used her critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. In retirement, she found new pleasure in helping Garland with the home and business, and helping out at Shelton's Flowers. In many ways, Christy loved retirement. It provided her with the opportunity to catch up with her friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Christy passed away on March 4, 2019 at at home in Lake Tanglewood, TX. Christy passed away of natural causes. She is survived by her husband Garland and many other loving family and friends. Services were held at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery. Christy was laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery, Garden of Hope.

      All who knew her would agree that Christy was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Christy Earl Horton did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.