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On Friday, June 7, 2019 our beloved matriarch, Ruth Christine Mock, left us and took the seat reserved
for her in the big Bridge Tournament in the sky. Our mother was born in Dalhart, Texas in 1932 and lived
in New Jersey, Indonesia, New Mexico, and Texas. She married our father in 1961 and they moved to
Greenville in 1968. Being the smart cookie that she was, Christi graduated from High School at 16 and
earned a BA from Texas State College for Women (now TWU) at 20. She completed her MS in Library
Science from East Texas State University (now A&M Commerce) and worked as a Librarian for various
institutions, ending her career as an elementary school librarian for Greenville Independent School
District from 1977 - 1996. When she decided to retire from education, she diligently increased her
pursuit of a second career as an amateur bridge player. She achieved the American Contract Bridge
League’s Life Master Status in October 1999 and the Bronze Life Master Status as well. Christi achieved
multiple lifetime memberships and awards, such as American Association of University Women’s
Woman of the Year in 1980, Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers Honorary Life Membership in 1992,
and a P.H. T. (Putting Hubby Through) certification from the University of New Mexico in 1968 (for her
assistance in helping her spouse complete his college degree).
Christi is remembered as a really, sweet lady, always willing to listen, and offer sage advice. She reserved
judgement and supported her brood, and their friends, through the joys of marriage, children,
grandchildren, graduation, and the sorrows of illnesses, heartbreaks, and events she was sure to-almost-
be the death of her. She was a trendsetter, after completing her degree in Library Science she enjoyed
her job so much that her mother went back to school for her L.S. degree and her eldest daughter earned
an L.S. degree as well. She was sharp as a tack, kept us laughing and marveling at her spirit, through the
final year of life while she battled the effects of age. Recently, Christi suffered a short illness and
returned home under hospice care where she died in comfort and peace.
Christi was predeceased by her husband Hardy K. Mock, parents Ruth and Clarence Lane, and brother
William Lane. She leaves behind her brood of children and their spouses Terrence and Lisa Mock, Teresa
Cason, and Tara Lynne and Camron Collier; grandchildren Mandy and Trent Mock, Steven Henderson,
Johnathan Oakley, William Cason, Hart and Cerin Collier, and their spouses; and her eleven great and
Christi was an incredible woman and our love for her runs deep. Please join us in a celebration of her life
on Friday, July 5, 2019 at United Presbyterian Church in Greenville, Texas at 10am. In lieu of flowers, we
encourage donations to the Audie L. Murphy Museum or United Presbyterian Church or playing a round
of bridge in her honor.
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