Virginia J. Christian

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Virginia Jeanette Christian, 93, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020, at her home in Gaylord.  She was born on March 8, 1927, to Earl and Elizabeth (Floyd) Lamerand in Detroit, Michigan.


Virginia was a very generous person who would give you the shirt off her back.  In 1979, she received a Certificate of Appreciation from Community Family Children Services, Ministry for the Aging.  In 1984, Virginia single-handedly started and ran a home rental business.  Even with running her rental business, she still found time to help others, and in 1990, she was recognized for her volunteer work with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.  Throughout her life, she found time to help over 100 foster children.  Virginia had an abundance of love and compassion in her heart, but what she loved most was caring for animals.  She helped establish the Otsego County Animal Shelter, along with caring for numerous rescue animals.


Virginia is survived by her children, Alan (Peggy) Christian, Mike (Bev) Christian, Barb (Bob) Dodge, Tommy Hill, and Robert (Sue) Jones; daughter-in-law, Kay Duncan; brother, Ron (Lillian) Lamerand; along with numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and good friend and caregiver, Gary Lewis.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Allan “Jim” Christian, sons; Norm Duncan and Randy Christian.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego County Animal Shelter.


Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.

5 comments on “Virginia J. Christian”

  1. Terri Spinella

    Barb and Family: I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. This is a hard time for everyone, but especially when you lose a loved one. Remember all the happy memories of your mother with your family. My Condolences, Terri Spinella

  2. Pat and Richard Ward

    Virginia was aways a strong supporter and benefactor of Friends For Life of Otsego County. She loved all fur babies and she showed it. There are lots of fur babies to greet her at the Rainbow Bridge. Rest in Peace, Virginia.

  3. Virginia was indeed a good-hearted person. We talked about foster care and her experiences in that field, truly a Wonder Woman. We talked about her experiences as a landlord, I think that she allowed herself to be taken advantage of sometimes. She certainly had a big heart.

  4. Bob and Pat Webster

    Virginia was a lovely lady. We did business with her for many years and we always enjoyed seeing her.

  5. Virginia was a wonderful lady! I met her when she bought a rental house from my dad. She always had time to stop and say hi and was a very sincere and caring person!

    My thoughts and prayers are with Virginia and her family. She will be missed.

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