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Christine Sweeten Huggins

January 21, 2014

“All things pink” would be the perfect way to describe Christine Huggins. Pink roses, pink clothes, pink dishes, pink earrings, pink handbag, pink whatever; if it was pink, it was made for her.
Christine Sweeten Huggins, 92, of Bedford, Texas, was born at home in Grant County on Dec. 1, 1921, to Lonnie E. and Leah Rucker Sweeten. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Bauxite.
Christine proudly called Bauxite home all of her life. Due to life circumstances, she moved to Bedford, Texas, in 2005. It was there in Bedford where she peacefully departed this life and entered into the presence of God on January 15, 2014.
Christine was married to the love of her life for just over 50 years — William Steed Huggins. Many times she pondered the question as to why God saw fit to bless her with such a fine Christian husband. Steed and Christine worked side by side for the U.S. Postal Service in Bauxite where she retired after 27 years of service as a postal clerk.
Christine loved to cook and loved to entertain. Events in her home always consisted of great food, loud talking, much laughter, Desert Rose china, silver, crystal and cloth napkins. And everyone was welcomed. The more the merrier!
For as long as her health allowed, Christine was a faithful and active member of Indian Springs Baptist Church. There was no doubt she loved her church. While her body may have moved to Texas, her heart was always with her Indian Springs Church family. Thanksgiving gatherings, Dickens Christmas weekends, anniversaries and parties, or cruises, Christine lived for these special times of memory making adventures with her family and friends.
Family was important to her and she treasured each person in their own unique way. But the absolute delight of her life was her granddaughter, Ann Elizabeth. Yes, Christine was a very proud grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Steed Huggins; one sister, Doris Baxley; and three brothers, Lowell, Euell and Paul Sweeten.
Christine is survived by her son, William Steed Huggins Jr. and wife Lynne of Colleyville, Texas; a granddaughter, Ann Elizabeth Beggs and husband Randy; and a great-granddaughter, Lilly Grace Beggs; a brother Nathan Sweeten of Galveston, Texas; a sister, Virgie Caple and husband Eldridge of Warrensburg, Mo.; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Sweeten of Houston, Texas, and Angie Miller of Little Rock; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Christine’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 in the chapel of Ashby Funeral Home. Officiating at the service will be the Revs. Benny Grant and Tom Williams and Randy Beggs. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bauxite Museum, 6706 Benton Road, Bauxite, AR 72011.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.

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