The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.Unknown
This memorial website was created to remember our dearest mother, mom-mom, and friend Christina Stallings who was born in Kaduna, Nigeria on December 22, 1929 and passed away in San Francisco, CA on March 27, 2013. You will live forever in our memories and hearts.
2ND YEAR REMEMBRANCE, MARCH 27TH 2015
The second year has come already and many of us are far away from the gravesite to pay our respects. I'm in Cape Town with Arese and just read what I wrote on my memory card we buried at the unveiling and one year remembrance last year. what moment best reveals her character: KINDNESS, revealed thru her cooking for us and friends. she would bring food to me at UCLA, send Nene food by UPS, make mofe food on demand, and make sure there was food for visitors. part of her I will never forget: HER SACRIFICE ENVELOPED BY LAUGHTER, she worked hard to give her children the best and we never heard her complain or knew her sacrifices, instead we heard plenty of laughter from her, filled with joy, life and love. Struggle was second nature but she was never beaten down. in what did she find greatest joy: IN HER CHILDREN, she was always so proud of me and would boost to her friends in an almost exaggerated way. She also loved her grandchildren immensely and found joy in their company and watching them grow up. what did you learn from her: DETERMINATION, she would say don’t let anyone distract you! she believed in me and that anything was possible with hard work and faith. She was not a quitter. other moments I remember are her singing, brown sing girl to Arese, que sera sera, her sewing late nights, loud tv late nights, her exclamations MY GOD!, a great kind and loving mother and friend. Mom you are someone I and many people cannot and will not forget. As Easter is approaching and we remember and celebrate Christ defeating death, we rejoice in the memories we shared with you. posted by Temi
ONE YEAR REMEMBRANCE, MARCH 27TH 2014
Our mother's one year remembrance and unveiling of her pedestal bust was held on March 27th 2014 and was yet another glorious celebration of her life. It was attended by 70 of her family and friends, with about 30 regrets from people who were unable to attend.
It started out by guests filling out memory cards recounting the most important memories they had of Christina. An opening prayer was led by daughter, Nene, followed by Psalms 1 and 16 read by son, Mofe and granddaughter, Karis. A Eulogy by son, Mosh and readings from mom's favorite spiritual teacher Florence Shinn, read by daughter, Temi. Harpist, Rick Tan played intermediately throughout the service allowing people to reflect and finishing writing their memory cards.
The unveiling of the pedestal bust was revealed by daugther, Nene and granddaughter, Karis, who read the epitaph on the bust, "As I Am One With God, I Am Now One With My Heart's Desires". The laying of the wreath was done by son, Mosh and granddaughter, Arese. Father Paul from St. Paul of the Shipwreck Catholic Church blessed the bust with holy water and prayed. This was followed by a group memorial prayer read by All guests, praying for her soul.
Friends, Christine Davis, Charlene White and Dr. Toye Moses shared their memories of Christina.
Robyn Thomas read mom's favorite Pslam 23, while daughter, Nene collected the memory cards and son, Mofe buried them next to the bust. Daughter, Temi presented a piece of Christina's late Husband's tombstone she collected from Nigeria earlier this year, which was set in a large stone and laid as a marker on top of the buried memory cards. The inscription read, "May they delight in the reunion of their love, purified into the vision of God".
A closing prayer was led by daughter, Nene and Thank you by son, Mofe. All gathered to view the bust and take pictures. A festive reception followed at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Half Moon Bay, CA where more memories of Christina were shared by friends and family.
It ended with a comforting poem of how memories can be just as precious as the time spent with Christina.
As time unfolds another year Memories keep you ever near, Silent thoughts of time together Hold memories that will last forever. Gone is the face we loved so dear Silence is the voice we used to hear, Too far away for sight or speech, But not far for thought to reach, Sweet to remember her once here, Who, thought absent, is just as dear.
We love and miss you mom!
View more photos of event in Gallery tab "Remembrance" pressSlideshow and add your memories in Memories tab
posted May 5th, 2014
Our Mother's bust has been mounted at Skylawn Memorial Park and the staff said everyone is stopping by to look at her and that she is beautiful and "she is the Queen up here!" She was always called The Queen by a few of her best friends and now she remains so for eternity! posted: Jan 9, 2014
ONE YEAR REMEMBRANCE AND FINAL INURNMENT COMING SOON
posted: Nov 2013
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
No other gift in the world will be more special than the gift of mother. We are really blessed to have had you as our mother. If there could be a day dedicated to everything you did for us, it would be your day all year round. Thanks so much Mom! We love you forever. Happy Mother’s day.
posted May 2013
HER LAST WORDS : "I WANT CALM"
This Saturday marks one month since our mom passed. We plan to visit her gravesite and I continue onto Monterey/Carmel for the weekend and reflect on her last words before she died. "I want calm." Please Family and Friends meditate on these words, her love, spirit and all what she taught us and sacrificed for her children and hopefully the wonderful person she was can continue to live in and thru you, your thoughts and actions. They say healing is 99% desire and 10% help. If your desire for a calm spirit whenever stressed or troubled is the answer then God only has to give you 10% of his time, yet we know he gives us 100%. May God bless you with the opportunity and time to heal and give you the spirit of calm when troubled.
Love, Temi posted April 27, 2013
THANK YOU TO ALL!!
Thank you to all who were able to attend the Celebration of Life Service and Repast for our dear mother Christina Stallings which took place at the Skylawn Memorial Park and Repast at the Thomas Fogarty Winery on the following days. VIEWING : APRIL 10TH, 2013 TIME: 5PM TO 8PM MEMORIAL SERVICE: APRIL 12TH, 2013 TIME: 12:30 PM CELEBRATION OF LIFE REPAST: APRIL 12TH, 2013 TIME: 4:00 PM THANKSGIVING SERVICE: APRIL 14TH @ 10:45AM, ST. PAUL OF THE SHIPWRECK
We appreciate your love and support and you all looked beautiful in your white and light neutrals!
Thank you also to those who were unable to attend but kept us in your prayers and sent cards, flowers and gifts.
PLEASE ENJOY THE PHOTO GALLERY WITH PICTURES OF ALL EVENTS! select Gallery tab on left, then scroll down on album you want to view & press slideshow.
From: Her Family posted April 2013
Keep the Flag Flying
March 26, 2015
Nene, Mofe, Temi, grandchildren and family, I share your thoughts and encourage you all to stay blessed and keep mommy's good efforts up. Only her fits her shoes and she shared her love and knowledge with us all. We will try to keep her flag flying. God help us.
Mo Ani -Dudu Laja
From an old family friend
April 6, 2014
Dear Nene, Mofe and Temi I am so shocked I don't know what to say. I guess your mum was so wonderfuland larger than life I thought she would live forever. Then again she will live forever in my heart. Please accept my condolences. May her soul rest in peace.
Toki Mabogunje (nee Laja)
Aunty Christie, I can not believe you are gone
April 5, 2014
To one of my favourite Aunties of all time, Aunty Christie. Beautiful, Glamorous, Funny, Warm, Loving , Caring, Forthright, Fashionable, My Lady of the WardRobe at my wedding 29 years ago. Aunty, I can still hear your deep full bodied laughter ringing in my ears. I will miss you. I can no longer plan surprise visits to your home in Ikoyi, Lagos. Rest in Peace. Nene, Mofe and Temi, we would honestly like to stay in touch with you all. My email address is tmabogunje@gmail .com. Please send us an email with all your contact details. Thank you for the memorial you put in the Guardian of 27th March 2014. We would never have known Aunty Christie had passed on to eternal glory, a year Ago. love Mrs Toki Mabogunje (nee Laja)
Mrs Margaret Laja
Good Bye Christie
April 5, 2014
Not a day has passed without loving thoughts and memories of your outstanding love and care for all who crossed your path. We all miss you dearly. Rest In The Lord. Fondly remembered by Margie Laja
Tracey E. Hall
April 11, 2013
Dearest Temi, Nene, and Mofe,
My deepest condolences to you and your families for the loss of your mother, Christina. She was a wonderful and loving mother to her children and grandchildren. May her soul rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.