Christine Rissmiller, age 96, passed away on January 16, 2018 at Baylor Hospital in McKinney, Texas. She was born on September 16, 1921 to Henry and Edna Culbertson and raised in Shelby County, Missouri. Christine was a former member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and was saved and baptized at age 16. She graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1939 and was employed by a local attorney in the area doing secretarial work.
On January 31, 1943, she was united in marriage to Rev. Austin Rissmiller of Hannibal, Missouri. They spent their lives doing ministry work in Missouri and lived in the towns of Edina, LaPlata, Kirksville, Bowling Green, Troy and Shelbyville. Austin preceded her in death in 1986. For the past 17 years Christine lived in McKinney, Texas and was a member of the First Baptist Church of McKinney.
She loved worshiping the Lord through singing, Bible study and hearing gospel messages. Her years of serving included teaching children and leading mission book studies for adults.
In addition to raising four children, she enjoyed cooking, canning, making decorative pillows, quilting, and spending many hours crocheting. In all she made over 60 afghans.
Christine is survived by her four children and their spouse; Carol Meisenheimer (Jim), Katy, Texas, Mark Rissmiller (Jean), Allen, Texas, Ruth Bowling (John), Gunter, Texas, and Charlene Gaddis (Todd), Dallas, Georgia; 8 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Austin; her parents, Henry and Edna Culbertson; and her brother and wife, Sonny and Katherine Culbertson.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 11:30am in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, northeast of Shelbyville, Missouri. A visitation will precede the service from 10am to 11am at the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina, Missouri.
Memorial donations may be made in Christine’s honor to the First Baptist Church, 1615 W. Louisiana McKinney, Texas 75069 or Mt. Zion Cemetery Association in care of Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina, Missouri.