Steve and Christine Pendley's Journal
Written Jun 14, 2013 6:36am
Christine's Obituary with information about the education fund for the children.
Christine Frances Pendley, age 42 of Decatur, passed away on June 12, 2013. Mrs. Pendley born on October 3rd, 1970 in Sewickley, PA, is a 1988 graduate of Haleyville High School in Haleyville, AL and a 1995 graduate of Samford University in Birmingham with a BS in Education. Christine married Steve Pendley on June 20th, 1992 and taught elementary school in Decatur. Christine is survived by her wonderful husband, Steve Pendley; four beautiful children, Chase, Abbey, Alex and Emma; parents, Becky Fontes (Clyde) and Tom Myl; brother, Bryan Myl (Dede) and sister, Lisa Myl. Services for Mrs. Pendley will be June 15, 2013 at First Baptist of Decatur at 3pm with visitation from 11-3. She will be laid to rest in Roselawn Cemetery in Decatur. Shelton Funeral Home of Decatur will direct the services. Pallbearers are Andy Hampton, Cole Blevins, Forrest Ford, Hunter Shumaker, Jake Bailey and Michael Hixon. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Christine Pendley Memorial Fund for the children’s education through Family Security Credit Union or to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Written Jun 12, 2013 9:52pm
Well it is with a very heavy heart I write this entry on behalf of my wonderful sister Christine. From reading some of the guestbook entries, some of you have already heard that Christine passed away this morning shortly after 6am. Steve and the kids, along with Steve's parents, my mom and me and my wife were with her this morning as she left her body for a new life in heaven. It brings me great peace to know that she is in a better place and is no longer suffering from this awful disease.
Visitation will be at First Baptist of Decatur, AL on Saturday, June 15th from 11-3 with the service to follow visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an education fund for Christine's four wonderful children.We are still working out the details of the fund so more information will follow.
Before I go, I want to say what a honor it has been to stand in for Christine when she needed it. I wish that she was still with us today as I will miss her in a way that I am unable to describe.
She told me to guest blog anytime I wanted to, so from time to time I may find my way back here to update you on things. She loved to brag on her kids and I know she would want me to do the same.
Thank you all for praying for her over the years. The years were a gift that has not gone overlooked.
Written Jun 11, 2013 8:36am
I will let mom be the guest blogger today. (I stole this from her facebook post this morning. Hope she doesn't mind)
------------Christine is still with us this morning. She is breathing very slow and shallow. I really didn't think she would make it through the night, but she got some rest and seemed refreshed. She fought with her oxygen mask around four o'clock and was restless, but then settled down and is sleeping again. All I could think... is that this really sucks and where is God that we have all been calling on for help. I am thankful that she is calm now and resting again. No drugs were given. Chase was up with her all night. I have been amazed and impressed with all of the children. Chase has cared for her in the most loving way, attending to her and managing her care while we rested. Did not want to get any rest this morning until Steve insisted. Alex and Abbey have been right there with him. Emma talked to her until 2:00 this morning telling her what a wonderful mother and best friend she has been and what Emma was going to do help take care of her Dad and what Christine would be doing and wearing when she gets to heaven. Evidently God is not through preparing us to go on without her. It's the only thing i can come up with as I feel my heart breaking. I am siting next to her as I write this, watching her take what may be her last breaths. What am I to do without her? She is so strong and has fought hard for so long that it may be difficult to let go and let God. Bryan and Clyde went home to go to work for a while and Steve and the kids are finally asleep. Alex was at her side until he fell asleep. Steve has been the most caring husband, father, and friend as anyone who has visited has seen first hand. I am exhausted. We only have two sleeping chairs naturally (they don't plan for families to stay) so Steve made pallets on the floor. That floor is just a little too hard, I tried it and was happy to find a place to squeeze in with Abbey (She is so little). We promised Christine we would never leave her alone and we won't. Someone or usually several of us are always with her. I certainly have new respect for any mother who has gone through or is going through anything like this. It just should never have to happen. Please pray for Christine and all of us. Thank you ALL for your love.