Annabelle (James) Crist

July 17, 1924 ~ August 11, 2020 (age 96)


Annabelle Crist 96, of Bedford, died Wednesday, August 11, 2020 at Donahoe Manor Nursing Home.  She was born on July 17, 1924 in Bedford, a daughter of the late Glenn and Iva James.  On April 28 1945, in Cumberland, MD she married Leon Crist, who survives along with two sons: Gary Crist and wife Brenda, of Waterloo, IN, and Greg Crist and wife Susan, of Bedford; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a sister Margaret Verbeck, of Willoughby, OH.  She was preceded in death by a son Mike Crist, widow Judy of Osterburg, a daughter Gaye Anne Lingenfelter, widower Ronald of King, two grandchildren: Justin Farkas and Lori Halwany, a brother John James, and two sisters: Mary Hadley and Janet Smith.

Annabelle was a 1942 graduate of Bedford High School.  She was a teacher’s assistant at Bedford Elementary School and owned a beauty shop with her sisters. She also did babysitting for a lot of children.  She was a member of the Real Life Church, formerly the Village Church, and taught Sunday School and was in the church choir.

Funeral services will be private.  Burial at Bedford County Memorial Park.  Arrangements by the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home, in Bedford.  Our online guestbook is available at



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