Nita Ann Christie, 85 went to be with our Father today at Meadowlake Estates, Moore, Ok. Nita was born on January 24th, 1935 in Oklahoma City, OK. to Glenn Darryl and Pansy Orlene (Neel) Christie.
Nita was a housewife and worked outside the home as the Executive Housekeeper of the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, and later moving to Eureka Springs for the same position with the Crescent Hotel in 1975. Taking care of anyone at any time was her calling and coordinating turn down service for many guests and celebrities was something she was very proud of and included starts like Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, annual Disney on Ice stars and Mrs. Mayo, herself, to name a few.
Nita grew up in Oklahoma City and later, as a teen, moved to Tulsa where she married and started a family. Nita was married to Harold Hays of Sapulpa and later divorced and married Dan Budd of Tulsa. She moved to Norman in 1994 to be near family and loved gardening and the outdoors, whether it be long back roads driving, fishing, or just enjoying life. She was a detailed artist often drawing castles, mermaids, and the like. Her passion for helping others continued and many were attracted to her easy to love personality, as eccentric as she was! Her love for her family was endless and aside from her thrift store shopping hobby she loved spending time with family and friends, especially holiday’s when all were united.
Nita (Mom, Grammy) is survived by her children, Paul Darrell Hays, (Tulsa), Michael O’Brien Hays, (Broken Arrow), Thomas (Tom) Glenn Hays, (Oklahoma City) and Danna Christie (Budd) Fowble, (Norman). She was proceeded in death by her oldest daughter Deborah (Debbie) Hays, (Tulsa). She has many grandchildren, Melissa (Burr) Mulligan, Michaela (Hays) Clay, Katie (Hays) Taylor, Tyler Hays, Zach Hays, Jeremy Hays, Alessa Biancas, Nicholas Fowble, Erica Fowble, Christina Hays, Sarah (Hays) Delong, Brian Hays, Chris Hays, Tim Hays, Riley Hays, and Chelsea Hays and this does not include 19 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.
Nita (Mom, Grammy) …we all will miss your uniqueness in style and life. Coupled with your wit and humor, the love and hospitality you showed to all, your kindness, and willingness to serve others and your classy eccentric style, the world will be empty without you! We will see you one day in heaven and until we meet again…We Love You! You have walked the walk and run the race and now you can wear your crown in heaven and dance the dance!
The family will have a small gathering to celebrate Nita’s life on Saturday, October 10th at 1 p.m. at Lake Thunderbird State Park In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma Chapter, 6601 Broadway Extension, Suite 120, Oklahoma City, OK 73116 or to United Tissue Network 3620 E. Wier Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85040 where her body was donated for research until COVID hit. They honored her award and will assist the family with cremation services.