HERMANETTA J. CHRISTIAN
August 3, 1924—April 9, 2015
Funeral services for Hermie Christian, 90-year-old ,long-time Johnson County resident who passed away quietly at her beloved Jack Plane Ranch East of Buffalo, surrounded by her family, will be held Monday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at the Big Horn Baptist Church in Buffalo, with Pastor Paul Gilbert officiating. A private family interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery. Donations may be made in Hermie’s memory to the Suzie Bowling Lawrence Hospice or the Jim Gatchell Museum in care of the Harness Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at http://www.harnessfuneralhome.com
Hermanetta Jane Christian was born on August 3, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska to Hardy and Hazel Moorhead. In 1928 she moved with her parents to Buffalo where she grew up on the Jack Plane Ranch and attended school in Buffalo. She graduated from Johnson County High School in 1942 and attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where she received a business degree. After her college graduation she took a job in Chicago, Illinois as a secretary where she worked for one year. Her love for the West brought her home and she went to work as a secretary for Bill Long who was the County Agent. Hermie left that job and went to Newark, New Jersey with Jonesy Smith for several months before returning to Buffalo where she started her own stenography business. She was married on August 16, 1947 in Buffalo to John Robert (Bob) Christian and they made their home in the Witimire Cow Camp where Bob worked for Kennedy and Brown. They moved home to the Jack Plane Ranch in the fall of 1948 where they raised cattle and Quarter Horses. Bob passed away in January of 1996 and Hermie would often say, “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss him. I miss most when we used to dance. He was a good dancer.”
Hermie was an active member of the Johnson County Cowbelles and served in all the offices, she was co-chair of the Buffalo Diamond Jubilee with Grace Miller and Villa Irvine, she was a member of the Congregational Church but enjoyed attending the Catholic Church for the last few years to listen to Father Pete’s Masses. She was an excellent cook and was famous for her branding meals, especially her Pinto Beans and Christmas German Linzer Torte. Hermie enjoyed scrap booking the family and ranch history. Her love was the ranch as well as spending time with her family, going to their many rodeo and sporting activities. Hermie remained active on the ranch until the day she died.
She is survived by one son John Campbell Christian and his wife Marsha of Buffalo; one daughter Jane Hardy McGinley of Boerne, Texas; four grandchildren, Joseph (Jake) Christian and his wife Sara, of Buffalo, Melisa Fixter and her husband Tim of Lander, Kristin McGinley Lynd and her husband John of Boerne, Texas, Kayla McGinley also of Boerne; and three great-grandchildren, Makenzie and Zachary Fixter and Campbell Jane Lynd. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband and one brother, Hardy (Dube) Moorhead Jr.