Mildred L. “Moody” Christian

Mildred Christian Photo0001Mildred (Moody) Garth Christian passed away peacefully at Good Samaritan Village in Moscow on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the age of 91. She was born January 4, 1925 in St. Marys, PA to George and Katherine Pfaff Garth. She attended local schools and graduated from Penn State University. Upon graduation, she worked for the county as a social worker.

Moody met Ross Christian on a blind date and was married September 10, 1946 in Middleton, PA. They moved to Madison, WI where Ross received his PhD. In 1950, they moved to Pullman where Ross was employed at Washington State College and in 1956 they moved to Moscow where Ross was employed at the University of Idaho.

Moody was first employed by the Genesee Public Schools and then by the Moscow Public Schools. She received an MS in Library Sciences becoming the Moscow High School librarian and retired in 1987.

Moody enjoyed many interests including fishing, golfing and RVing and later went on many Roadrunner trips. She was active the Gritman Hospital ‘Pink Ladies’ and in the University of Idaho Retirees Association. Her true loves were bridge and reading.

Moody is survived by two children Edward (and wife Kathy) Christian of Moscow and Rebecca (and husband Doug) Melton of Spirit Lake, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister Margie McAlpine of Cedaredge, CO. Her husband, Ross, her parents and a brother and a sister preceded her in death.

At Moody’s request, there will be no memorial service. Memorials are suggested to the Ross Christian Animal Science Scholarship Fund (#DE181) and sent to Advancement Services, University of Idaho, PO Box 443147, Moscow, ID 83844-3147.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

7 Responses to Mildred L. “Moody” Christian

  1. Don Smith says:

    Moody is in a better place now U-Guys.


  2. Stephen Ford says:

    Moody I always enjoyed our visits, with you and Ross, as I worked on your landscape. You always had a smile and an easy chuckle laugh. Thanks too, for sharing apricots and sweet cherries from your trees!

    Enjoy your “Trip” and say Hi to Ross from Steve

  3. Sandy Corey (Inscoe) says:

    Dear Becky and Ed,
    I have very fond memories of your Mom and family going all the way back to 1956. Moody was fun and accepting. I am sorry that as we all aged I didn’t get a chance to know her better. Her life story seems full of interest and many accomplishments. My God settle you in your sorrow.

  4. Glen and Iris Murray says:

    ED, Kathy. and Families,

    Iris and I enjoyed many camping, fishing, meat cutting, hunting stories, pouring concrete, dinners and more with Moody and Ross. We were sorry to hear of her passing, but know that she was dealing with some significant challenges. At a later time we can share some other family stories over coffee or a beer. Our thoughts are with you as we remember a fine person.

    Take care,

    Glen and Iris

  5. Cindy Bechinski says:

    Dear Ed and Becky, Kathy, and Doug,

    Moody was one of my favorite people of all time. She had a beautiful heart and was always so kind and giving of herself. She was such a smart, wise, and compassionate lady, and I remember so many times I sought her advice. When I first moved to Moscow, I loved going to visit “Ross and Moody.” I remember great family fun with all of you and the grandkids. I loved that cherry tree!! As time went on, I enjoyed the lunches we had during the time I was curriculum director, and seeing her on occasion at Good Sam. She will always have a very, very special place in my heart. Love to you all,

    Cindy Bechinski

    Cindy Bechinski

  6. Garth Saalfield says:

    My thoughts are with you as you grieve the loss of another parent and wonderful Mother. I can easily envision her as a Pink Lady spreading hope and care for those in need.
    What a wonderful long life she had and how blessed we are to have shared some of that time with her. Thank you for reaching out to let us know of her passing.
    My thoughts and love are with you as you celebrate her remarkable life~ Garth

  7. Connie Hall says:

    Dear Ed, Becky and families,
    Moody was a fellow teacher and friend who always did the best to help me in any way she could. I remember her walking back and forth to the high school is good weather and often your Dad would meet her. She really enjoyed those walks and talks. She was such a talented professional and always was on top of what to read and why. I remember asking her for information on regional trails one time and was shocked by the huge volume of materials she had gleaned. My parents, Mary Ellen and Bob Bottjer, we such good friends of your folks and I can remember going to your house several times for picnics. Moody was a loyal and steady friend to all and a blessing to all who knew her. I join you in your sorrow and in your celebration of a life well lived.

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