Rachel Christine Lundgren Lane
Rachel Christine Lundgren Lane- age 104, formerly of Maryville, TN and Chattanooga, TN, passed into the arms of the Lord on Monday, July 25, 2011 at Manorhouse Assisted Living in Knoxville, TN. She’ll always be known to all her "children" as the best Granny ever. "Granny" was born on May 30, 1907 in Westville, PA. She married her soul mate, Emert, and together they had three children. She served as President of Maryville HSPTA and Blount County WCTU. She also served as President of The Maryville Garden Club and organized The Smokey Mountain Club in her own living room. She taught Sunday School and served as Circle Chairman at many churches through the years.
Because she always had a way with words, it seems fitting to quote her own words when describing the story of her century of life: "I had the honor of being accepted at ‘Henry Ford School of Nursing’. The reason I became a nurse is because of my grand-dad’s illness and our family doctor calling me his ‘special nurse’ during the Flu Epidemic of 1914. I loved every day of nursing- my training helped in caring for my best patients: my own children. I stayed active in volunteer work, but put our home interests first. The home was and is God’s first institution. We used the Lord’s Prayer each day and the 23rd Psalm went with us as we traveled. Our special days were shared with our children. Precious memories- how they fill my heart with joy."
As good as she was with words, she never used them to brag about herself, so I guess I’ll just have to do it for her: she rode a jet-ski on her 101s t birthday, proudly wore high heels ‘til she was 98, and her weekly dance partner in the early 1900’s was none other than Henry Ford. But what we’ll remember most about her are her words of wisdom: "make your own happiness", "be kind to others", and "keep busy".
Christine was preceded in death by her husband, J. Emert Lane; and her daughter, Marie Lane Earl.
She is survived by her brother, Carl Lundgren and his wife, Alice, of Michigan; son, John Emert Lane and his wife, Barbara, of Chattanooga, TN; daughter, Alice Lane Blankenship of Destin, FL; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; many beloved nieces and nephews; and the loving Manorhouse staff members, who she would certainly include in this list of her "children".
Family and friends will meet at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Grandview Mausoleum for an entombment service with Rev. Cheryl Caruso officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St.Jude's Children's Hospital, P. O. Box 1818, Memphis, TN 38101 or The Love Kitchen, P. O. Box 6839, Knoxville, TN 37914 in memory of Christine Lane.
McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home, Maryville, TN in charge 865-982-6812