Iva "Christene" Fewell Horn, 88, a 70-year resident of Big Spring died Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Carl Condray officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Christene was born Aug. 12, 1924, to the late Orin Walter Fewell and Luella Jane McBride in Tulia, Swisher County, Texas. Her father died when Christene was only six years old, so she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Lawrence Cornelius Edwards. Christene graduated in 1942 from Happy High School in Happy, Texas.
She met Jack Horn while riding a Greyhound Bus from Amarillo, Texas, when he had finished a tour of duty serving in the United States Marines as a guard at the American Embassy in Beijing, China, just prior to World War II. They were married Nov. 12, 1942, in the Howard County Courthouse by Justice of the Peace Walter Grice.
Christene loved driving the school bus for the Big Spring Independent School District for more than 33 years and enjoyed students as they grew up and had their own children ride her bus. When her own children were in school she would decorate cookies each Valentine Day for students all over the school. Each cookie would have the name of every student in the classes where her children were. She helped with hundreds of school parties and carnivals as she raised her seven children.
She also enjoyed having a float each year in the Christmas parade. Her float designs always carried a message of love, peace or “Families being Forever.” In the past five years her companion in the float was her best friend “E” from Burma. These two were very entertaining as they waved at the crowds from their decorated float.
She was an avid genealogist. For 32 years she set up her genealogy booth at the Howard County Fair to tell others how to research and find their past ancestors. Her love of genealogy resulted in her writing a family history book entitled “For the Love of Mac,” which explained how the McBrides came to be in America and settled in various parts of the United States. She sold more than 1,000 copies.
Christene was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where she served as the director of the Family History Librarian for many years. She also served as primary president and Sunday school teacher. She served as an officer in the PTA and the past president of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.
She was an avid supporter and past den leader of the Boy Scouts of America. She started the first scout meeting for handicapped children in Big Spring. She loved playing the piano and has about 20 songs copy-righted where she wrote both the music and the words.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Horn of Big Spring, the son of John Clinton Horn and Lucy Maben, early 1900 Big Spring pioneers. Her siblings who preceded her in death include brothers, Harlie Fewell of Amarillo, Texas, Thomas Edwards of Plainview; and sister, Clara Foster of Tulia, Texas.
Christene is survived by one sister, Dorothy Nickell of Russellville, Ark.; and one brother, Robert Loy Edwards and wife Dixie of Aurora, Colo.
Christene and Jack raised seven children, Joyce Ravellette Young, who lost two husbands, Ray Ravellette and Michael Young, Rosemary Eskridge and husband Gordon of Edmond, Okla., Beverly Mohn and husband David of Miles, Texas, Frank Horn and wife Wynonia of Agate, Colo., Marshall Horn and wife Joy of Big Spring, Corlynn Biesemeyer and husband Kurt of Gunnison, Colo., and Cheri Pardue and husband Robert of Cayce, S.C.
Christene is survived by her grandchildren, Kendall, Kelly, Kerry, Karen and Karl Ravellette, Samantha, Jennifer, Jeanna, Rachele and Sarah Eskridge, Michael and Richard Mohn, Wrylon, Walter, and Wraner Horn, Naquai, Lara, and Kami Horn, Christopher, Stanley and Kelly Biesemeyer; Christy, Michael, Leslie, Kevin and Eric Irwin (deceased), Shawn, Shawndra, Jeremy, Martin, Timothy, Jeffery and Maitlynn Pardue. She is also survived by 110 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pall bearers will include her sons and sons-in-law. Honorary Pall Bearers include grandsons.
Christene Horn was well known and loved by many of the residents of Big Spring and cousins by the dozens. Many special friends and co-workers will think often of her for years to come.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com