RootsWeb's California Births, at http://userdb.rootsweb.com/ca/birth/search.cgihttp://userdb.rootsweb.com/ca/birth/search.cgi has just one Christian dying in Stanislaus county: CHRISTIAN JAMES A 03/26/1916 M CALIFORNIA STANISLAUS 05/08/1979
His obituary reads: Oakdale - Final rites will be conducted at 10:30 am Friday for James A Christian, who died Tuesday in a local hospital after a brief illness.
Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Park.
A native of Bishop, Christian had been a resident of Oakdale 43 years. He ran a butane operation for eight years and had been employed by Oakdale Irrigation District for 20 years.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masonic Lodge and Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
He leaves his wife, Florence; daughters, Joan Scarlata of Ripon and Patricia Yates of Ventura; three sisters, including Winnie Linscott of Modesto, and one brother.
Modesto Bee, Thursday 10 may 1979 p. D-14. All of the towns mentioned are in California.
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