Barbara “Yaya” Christie

Barbara“Yaya” Christie, age 65, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021, at War Memorial Hospital.

 Barbara was born on October 14, 1955, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to the late John and Dorothy (LaFaver) Murphy. Barbara was married to Richard Christie also of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. She was a member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Barbara’s favorite things in the world were her grandchildren and crocheting. She was also an avid reader. 

Barbara is survived by her children: Troy (Leslie) Benoit of Grand Ledge, MI, David (Siri) Christie of Seattle, WA, and Danielle (Jason) Walcher of Sault Ste. Marie, MI; and seven grandchildren: Tyler, Macie, Brooke, Bella, Tristan, Mia, and Teagan.  She is also survived by five sisters:  Pat (Mike) Deuman, Pam Synett, Peggy (Rick) Maleport, Teri (Mike) Romano, and Lori (Nick Mourufas) Murphy all of Sault Ste. Marie, MI; and a brother-in-law: Rick Clerc of Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Also many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly! 

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, her husband: Richard Christie; a daughter: Sheree “Digga” Benoit; a sister: Sara Clerc; and a brother-in-law: Pete Synett.

According to Barbara’s wishes, no public services will be held at this time.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to help with funeral expenses.

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