Margaret Christie

Obituary of Margaret Christie

Margaret E. "Peg" Christie, 87, of Corey Ln., Middletown, passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at the Grand Islander Center. Born in Brooklyn, NY on March 1, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Patrick and Catherine (Lavin) Coyne. She was the wife of the late William F. Christie. She was a graduate of the Bishop McDonald High School and Brown's Business College in New York. Prior to her marriage Peg worked in the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan. She met her beloved husband, Bill Christie, who managed the legendary, New York Town and Country, and the two married in 1950. They would eventually move to Rhode Island to take over "Christie's" of Newport from Bill's father Steve "Pop" Christie. They owned and operated the popular restaurant for many years. Along with their loyal staff, they made Christie's a landmark where locals and visitors alike could share a meal, a laugh, and a good time. They created memories for many and their warmth and spirit were remembered long after they retired from the business. Peg was known for her fashion and flair and never missed a hair dressing appointment. She was proud to be crowned "Miss Hyler" in a popular contest during her youth in Brooklyn, NY. She loved St. Patrick's Day and was a frequent visitor to New York to see the parade on 5th Avenue, and then celebrate with the O'Malley's in Woodside. Proud of her Irish heritage, she and Bill visited Ireland and kept in touch with the many relatives and extended family over the years. She delighted in showing them Newport when they came to visit. She adored animals, especially dogs and had many over the years. Whenever she had the opportunity, Peg would love to take friends and family to dinner, particularly to Christie's. She would regale her guests with stories of Christie's early days and reminisce about the wonderful, colorful characters that made the establishment a treasure. She was a member of the Preservation Society and also the Newport Irish Heritage Association. A long time parishioner of St. Mary's Church, Peg took great comfort in her faith. Peg is survived by her sister-in-law Doris Green, niece Christie Green, nephew Kevin Green of Vero Beach, Florida, sister-in-law Rosemary Christie, niece Jeanine Christie, grandniece Elizabeth Christie Dean and husband Richard Dean, and grandnephew Gavin Scott, all of Vienna, Virginia. Peg is also survived by cousins Mary Ellen and Mike Burke as well as many loving cousins in the Coyne-Burke-O'Malley family in New York and New Jersey. She also leaves behind her dear friends Gracie and Chico Borato of Lisbon, Portugal as well as friends Mary (Angel) Alice Brownell and Marie Bove who were so kind and caring these last few months. She is also remembered by her friends at Grand Islander and Whitehall Farm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 10am at St. Mary's Church, Spring St., Newport. Burial at St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, November 9, from 3:00-7:00pm in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Peg's memory to the St. Mary's Church Building Fund, 12 William St., Newport, RI., 02840.
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