Annie Mae Christopher

November 11, 1918May 30, 2014
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Annie Mae (Tunstill) Christopher, 95, of Sunnyvale, California, joined her heavenly father on Friday, May 30th, 2014. Family visitation will be held from 6 pm to 9 pm on Friday, June 13, 2014 at McConnell Memorial Funeral Home, 1200 E. Forrest St., Athens, Alabama. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 14th at 11 a.m., at McConnell Memorial Chapel, with burial to follow at Athens City Cemetery. She was born November 11, 1918, in Limestone County, Alabama. A graduate of Athens High School, Athens, Alabama, she attended Athens College, Athens, Alabama for 2 years, completing her Bachelor of Science Degree at Montevallo College, Montevallo, Alabama, and post-graduate studies at Long Beach State College, Long Beach, California. She was married in Decatur, Alabama to Rowe Francis Christopher of Athens, Alabama on March 13, 1943. Her employment was as a Home Economics Teacher at West Limestone High School; a Substitute Teacher (Grades K-12) in Tucson, Arizona; Secretary for the National Nursing Council, Washington, D.C.; Substitute Teacher, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach, California; and Substitute Teacher, Kern County Unified School District, China Lake, California. She was a member of Eastern Star Pentalpha Lodge #194, Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Woodmen of the World, and a member of Onizuka Air Station/Moffett Field Chapel, Moffett Field, California. Mrs. Christopher was preceded in death by her loving husband, Rowe Francis Christopher and her parents, Dora Drucilla Agnes Vaughn Tunstill and Luke Price Tunstill of Athens, Alabama. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, William Elex Tunstill, Theo Tunstill, Leo Tunstill, and two sisters, Sussie Lee Tunstill Black, and Gertrude Tunstill Bowers. She is survived by her three children, Richard E. Christopher and his wife Evelyn Christopher, Carefree, Arizona, Thomas D. Christopher, Gardnerville, Nevada; and Doris L. Christopher Learn and her husband Thomas R. Learn, Lutz, Florida; two sisters, Vertrude Tunstill Jones, Eutaw, Alabama, and Lucile Tunstill Cimbalo and her husband Lucio L. Cimbalo, Los Alamitos, California; 4 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the memory of Annie Mae Christopher to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123, (800) 227-2345,; or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, (855) 448-3997,

Arrangements are under the direction of Lima & Campagna Funeral Home, Sunnyvale, CA and McConnell Funeral Home, Athens, AL.


  • Visitation Friday, June 13, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 14, 2014

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Dick and Sharon Learn

June 14, 2014

Our condolences are with the family of Annie Mae Christopher as the their matriarch now joins Rowe with the Heavenly Father. May peace be with all for ever and ever.

Vertrude Jones

June 13, 2014

You will always be in our thoughts and mind. We love you and miss you. You will be in my thoughts daily. I will miss our telephone calls. I love you!

Peggy McMillen

June 13, 2014

Our thoughts and heart felt prayers are with each of you today as you say "Goodbye" to a special lady. May God be with you now and always.

Love, Glenn and Peggy McMillen and Family

Gwendolyn Christopher

June 12, 2014

I will always remember Aunt Ann as a distinguished, independent, and fiercely strong lady. I remember the time Uncle Rowe and Aunt Ann drove from California to Alabama in that awesome red convertible. This country girl was totally impressed. I loved that Car! Even though I didn't get to spend much time with them, I loved Uncle Rowe and Aunt Ann. I have a letter Uncle Rowe sent me after one of their visits. Precious people.

Doris Black

June 12, 2014

Family of Annie Christopher....So sorry about Aunt Ann. Hope to see you while you are here. All my Love, Doris Black

Lou, Lucile,Janice,Jeff,Susan and Amelia Cimbalo

June 10, 2014

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

June 9, 2014

Very sorry to hear about your loss.

McConnell Funeral Home

June 9, 2014

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.