Eva S. Christian from Jacksonville, Ill., 91, passed peacefully on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Murfreesboro, Tenn.
A retired registered nurse, Eva was born Aug. 23, 1925, in Camden, Schuyler County, Ill., the eldest daughter of Clifford and Golda Cady Ridings. Eva and the Rev. Jack Christian started out in Alaska as missionaries, and founded and built the churches at Willow and Trapper Creek, as well as ministering to the communities and congregations at those churches from 1981 to 1986.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Guy Dale Ridings; and her three husbands: the Rev. Jack Christian, John Snyder, and Keith Croxton.
She is survived by five children: Karen Croxton, David Croxton, Stephen Croxton, Bonnie Nemeth (Wolf) and Jean Snyder-Kull (Werner); seven grandchildren: Matt Nemeth (Mari), Lizzy Morgan (Adam), Luke Nemeth (Molly), Mischa Nemeth (Farrah), Stephan Boyreau, Mark Croxton (Heather), and Matt Croxton; 13 great-grandchildren; and her two sisters, Phyllis Gayle Baxter, and Janice Elaine Gregory.
Visitation will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Murfreesboro Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 8 p.m., in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Huntsville Cemetery in Huntsville, Ill.
Murfreesboro Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements; 615-896-2229.