Worrell, Christine Sayers

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Christine Sayers Worrell, 88, passed away peacefully at the home where she was born on April 23rd, a true example of courage and strength. A loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and a friend to all she met.

Nana, as she was known to her grandchildren and great grandchildren was preceded in death by her husband, James Worrell, her parents, and ten of her eleven siblings. She was a 1944 graduate of Draper High School and the Valedictorian of her class. Also, she was the recipient of The Daughters of The American Revolution award.

She was a consistent advocate of education and pushed all five of her children to achieve their degrees. She was a phenomenal sales person and spent most of her time working in retail. Some may remember her from teaching them to sew at The Singer Sewing Machine Store on the machine she had sold them, or her bright voice as you entered the front doors of Park Belk. She knew how to connect and helped one feel welcomed.

Before moving back to Draper, VA from Pulaski, she was a member of The First Christian Church in Pulaski. For the past 35 years she was extremely active as a member of The Draper Valley Presbyterian Church. She truly loved her friends there and they became like family to her. A special bond was shared with friends Jean and Allen Ingram.

Before suffering her stroke almost six years ago she volunteered at The Fine Arts Center on Main Street, Pulaski. Also, she was part of the volunteer team at Pulaski Community Hospital, where she was chosen Volunteer of The Year. She loved her hobbies of creating beautiful silver jewelry and gardening of vegetables and flowers.

She is survived by her five children; Jim Worrell and his wife Nancy, Charlotte NC, daughters, Kathy Worrell Shiffler, Charlotte NC, Barbara Worrell, Richmond, VA, Joan Umberger and her husband, Kenneth, Draper ,VA, and son, Gerald Worrell, Cornelius, NC. One sister, Virginia Williams and her husband Doug, Roanoke, VA. She loved and adored all 14 grand and great grandchildren, plus fifteen wonderful nieces and nephews. Special family friend, Barbara Hof, Richmond, VA. Also, she is survived by a handful of caregiving angels who took care of her every moment of the day. Warm graditude and love to all of them and to Hospice.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, April 26, from 6:00-8:00 at Stevens Funeral Home on Randolph Ave. Pulaski. A service to celebrate her life will be held at The Draper Valley Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.