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Merced Sun Star
February, 7, 1998


No public services are planned for Martin Lumbard Christie of Merced, who died Thursday night in a local hospital. He was 86.

Mr. Christie was born Oct. 20, 1911 in Leslie, Mich. He was educated in that state, graduating from Ferris Institute with a degree in pharmacy. He moved to Chicago in the 1930's. Just prior to America entering World War 11, Mr. Christie was called up for national services in January of 1941. He served in the Army Medical Corps as a staff sergeant. He was stationed in Warwickshire, England, traveling there in 1943 and again in 1944 on the RMS Queen Mary, which was serving as a troop ship at that time.
Following his discharge in 1945, Mr. Christie moved his family to Southern California, settling in Lynwood. He was a pharmacist/manager for drug stores in downtown Los Angeles, Bellflower and Compton. After semi-retiring he moved to Hanford, then settled in Merced in 1973.

An avid family tree researcher, Mr. Christie was active in the Merced County Genealogical Society and he was a longtime member of the New England Genealogical Society. He was also active in several local senior citizen groups. He enjoyed woodworking and playing the organ and accordion, and he took great pleasure in debating philosophical issues with his grandson, Ian Albright.

Mr. Christie was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Edith Christie.; three sisters, Mabel "Bea" Christie, Marjorie Forrestal of Denver, Colo., and Evelyn Miller of Austin, Texas; and his wife, Margit Christie.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Albright of Merced and Patricia Christie of Seattle, Wash., and two grandchildren.

Inurnment at Evergreen Mausoleum will follow cremation. Arrangements are being handled by Stratford Evans Funeral Home in Merced.

Contributions may be made to the Merced County Genealogical Society, c/o Stratford Evans, 1490 B. St., Merced, 95340 or to the Merced County Library, 2100 O St., Merced, 95340.