Christopher, Onesophorus Lunnon


Feb. 24, 1916 - April 15, 2002
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish,
Neither shall any man pluck them out of my hands.”
John 10:27-28
The sun rose for Onesophorus Lunnon Christopher on February 24, 1916. She was the fifth often siblings born to the late James and Harriet Woodside Lunnon. At an early age she accepted Christ at Peck Memorial Methodist Church. She was a life long resident of New Orleans.
She was united in marriage on February 4, 1940 to the late Rev. Olden Walter Christopher and remained happily married for 59 years prior to his death. “Ma Chris”, as she was affectionately known, raised two children, Olden Christopher, Jr. and Barbara
Jean Christopher Martin.
She was educated in the Orleans Parish School System and at the age of 16 graduated from McDonough 35 Senior High. Following her graduation, she attended Southern and Dillard Universities in New Orleans. She received her Bachelor of Science degree before receiving a Master’s degree from Xavier University. She became a dedicated teacher and taught in the Orleans Parish Public School System for forty-four years. After retiring she taught at Delgado Community College and later established Michelle’s Learning Center.
Although “Ma Chris” was a member of the Methodist faith, she frequently visited Beautiful Zion Baptist Church and joined the Beautiful Zion family in 1999. Prior to that time she was a member of Faith Independent Methodist Church where her late husband, the Rev. 0. W. Christopher, was pastor. She was a member of the Beautiful Zion Junior and Senior Stewards, the Pastor’s Support Group and the Ladies Perseverance Auxiliary.
On April 15, 2002, our Heavenly Father, through His infinite wisdom, dispatched an angel with instruction to bring His child home. Sis Christopher hastily, yet humbly, heeded the Master’s call as she stepped aboard the Chariot of Eternal Life.
She leaves to cherish her memories one daughter, Barbara Martin, one son, Olden Christopher, one sister, Urselle P. Lunnon, and one son-in-law, Albert Martin; six grandchildren, Erica and Eric Toca, Clarence Barre, IV, Angelika Martin, and Rita Gail Christopher Turner and Diante Christopher of Ingleside, California; three great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, James, Jr. and Garland Lunnon; six sisters, Lillian L. Jackson, Ruth L. Dujan, Lucia L. Perry, Iceola L. Brown, Elizabeth L. Hansberry, and Manic L. Watkins.
Sis Christopher has entered the Master’s joy, a place of perfect bliss, joy and happiness. She has found a peace that the world can not give, a rest the world does not know; a joy that no mortal can ever take away, a friend that will never go away.
Sleep on Ma Chris and take your rest
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, 2002, pages 261-262.

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