Andrea Lynn Christopher
Andrea Lynn Christopher
  • June 18, 1959 - July 17, 2016
  • Chicago, Illinois

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Andrea Lynn Christopher was born on June 18, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois to Anthony Vern and Annie M. Ross Christopher Sr. She was baptized at an early age at Southwestern Missionary Baptist Church. She embarked upon her lifelong service to the Lord first as a junior choir member, advancing to a young adult choir member and then becoming a dedicated Sunday school teacher. She was a passionate educator who realized her purpose at a very young age. God ordered her steps to become a teacher, mentor, prayer intercessor and mother to many.

Andrea was determined to earn her degree in Education, working two banking jobs night and day while attending Chicago State University as a part-time student. Her hard work and perseverance paid off when she obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Education in 1984. That same year, Andrea landed her first teaching job at Disney Magnet School in Chicago. Several years later, she continued her career at Raymond Elementary School where she became a mentor and mother to many students from the Stateway Garden Projects.

Andrea was overjoyed to pour out her wisdom and knowledge to these children, often going above and beyond to broaden their horizons through special 'field trips' downtown to fancy restaurants and tourist spots on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. She was determined to show her students that if they studied hard, prayed, believed and set goals, they could rise out of the projects and create better lives for themselves. Andrea would often run into her former students who would proudly attribute their successes to her profound impact in their lives. In the early 90's, Andrea relocated to the South Suburbs where she taught at Mae Jamison and Chateaux Elementary School. Her most recent position was at Fieldcrest Elementary School where she thoroughly enjoyed working with her beloved 5th graders.

All the while, Andrea continued her pursuit of higher education, obtaining her type 75 certificate and two Master's Degrees in Education. She was in the process of completing her Doctorate Degree at Concordia University, expecting to finish later this year. Andrea's teaching accomplishments were celebrated by many, garnering her accolades including District Reading Coach and summer school Site Coordinator. She received her most prized award as Teacher of the Month in May of this year.

Andrea loved to travel and had just returned from her latest trip to Cancun with her sister/best friend on July 7th. Ten days later, on Sunday, July 17th, the Good Lord accepted Andrea into His Loving arms. Her transition was a shock to many, for she was the life of the party, a true prayer warrior, a friend to all, and the ultimate Diva!
She is survived by her parents Anthony Vern and Annie M. Ross Christopher, Sr,; her four siblings Antoinette Cannon (Toni), Anthony Vern Christopher, Jr. (Kip), Karen Morrison (Kay), and Robert Christopher; her nieces and nephews Raina Cannon Shuttlesworth, Anthony Vern Christopher, III (Trey), Derrick Morrison, Jr., Kelly Christopher, Heather Morrison, Ashley Morrison, Benjamin Christopher, Byanca Christopher, and great niece Dasche Shuttlesworth; Her aunts and uncles Edna Thompson (Richard), Cleo Shepherd, Odessa Ross (William), Elise Ross (Robert Lewis, Jr.), Leandres Christopher (Louis), Dolly Craig, Jonas Ross, Sr. (Anabelle), and Helen Ross (Henry); She leaves behind her closest life long friend Tina Taylor; Her dearest friends Pam Gibson, Maria Banks, Karen Mims, Michelle Hardmon and Margarita Sanchez; She will also be missed by a host of cousins, friends, students and other relatives.

Arrangements under the direction of Kenny Brothers Funeral Directors, Evergreen Park, IL.