The Woodward News

Obituaries

April 22, 2014

Christina T. Leist

Christina T. Leist went to meet her Savior and Friend on April 18, 2014.

Woodward, Okla. —

Christina T. Leist went to meet her Savior and Friend on April 18, 2014. She was born February 7, 1928 at her Grandmother’s home in Woodward, Oklahoma, the first of 10 ten children born to Richard and Pearl Teten. Her father was one of OG&E’s original lineman and foreman and her mother was Court Clerk in Woodward County for almost 20 years. She was proud that her family had twins and triplets, 9 girls and one boy. She graduated high school in Woodward and attended one year at Oklahoma University, majoring in art.

She survived the 1947 tornado and married Vernon C. Leist a wheat farmer and cattle rancher in Ellis and Harper Counties, that same year. She helped organize Girl Scouting in NW Oklahoma and served on the Cherokee Strip Girl Scout Council for many years. She also was an active 4-H leader and mentor. She was an extremely talented artist, painter and seamstress, who tirelessly used her talents to help her family and many other children in Woodward and Harper Counties.

In 1974 she moved to Oklahoma City and trained in interior design. For many years, she was the owner-designer of Christina T. Leist Interiors. In the early 1980s she had a store in Nichols Hills Plaza and decorated many beautiful homes. She also worked on several of the annual Symphony Show Homes.

She was an active member of the Salvation Army and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends would make a donation to the Salvation Army in her name. She also was an active member of the Cherokee Hills Baptist Church and cherished her friends from the church.

She is survived by her children and daughter in laws Greg and Jae Leist, Richard and Cecilia Leist and Diana Leist Voigt; her grandchildren Kara, Danny and Deidre Leist and Christina Voigt. She is also survived by 5 of her sisters Billie Clark, Dixie Wofford, Josephine Richards, Jane Brock and Kathy Ruse.

Christinas funeral will be April 29th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cherokee Hills Baptist Church. There will be a grave site service the same day at 3:30 p.m. at the Elmwood Cemetery. 2755 Downs Avenue, Woodward, OK.

She was preceeded in death by her husband, her parents, and her siblings; Betty, Maxine, Harry, and Helen.

She spent her life being a loving and compassionate wife, mother, sister and friend. She will be missed by many.

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