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Christine Cornelius

Christine Cornelius

Christine Cornelius, 90, passed away Monday, September 21, 2009 in Paradise, Calif.. She was born in Shady Cove, Ore. on May 26, 1919 to William and Mary Zimmerlee. She had three brothers, Richard Zimmerlee of Pakenta, Calif., Basil Zimmerlee, of White City, Ore. and John Zimmerlee of White City, Ore.; two sisters, Caroline "Carry" Obrien, of Paradise, Calif. and Janet Zimmerlee Kimmel, of Eagle Point, Ore. She married Albert E. Cornelius Jr. in 1944 in Mexico City.

Christine worked as a make-up model for Max Factor in the 1940's in Los Angeles and a Nurse for Dr. Silcox in North Hollywood, Calif.

After she had her children, she was a stay-at-home mom. Later, in the late 60s, she focused on a real estate career in San Fernando Valley, Calif. until she retired, in the early 1990's. Mother began her real estate career with Post Realty then Choice Properties and ended her career with Centruy 21. where she was continuously honored for her outstanding performance in sales; earning every award achievable - always in the top 2% no matter where she worked.

Christine retired to Mt Shasta, Calif. with her older son, Albert. In 2004, they relocated to Paradise, Calif. Christine was a wonderful and supporting mother - always there when needed. She loved her family and enjoyed being around them whenever possible. She was able to do some international traveling in her later life, but was best known for her work quality and ethics throughout her working career; never #2, always striving to be the best for her clients. She worried about everyone and everything. Mother and her siblings always enjoyed and shared humor combined with love throughout her life.

She is survived by her son Albert E. Cornelius III, of Paradise, Calif.; three grandchildren, Douglas Eugene Cornelius, of Roseville, Calif., Annaiece Marie Cornelius, of Coeur d'alene, Idaho, Christopher Sky Cornelius, of Chico, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Tomothy Fasano, of Yuba City, Calif., Maggie Cornelius, of Roseville, Calif., Maddie Cornelius, of Roseville, Calif., and Cooper Cornelius, of Roseville, Calif. She is preceded in death by her son Douglas, in a motorcycle accident in 1967. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Richard, Basil and John, and sister, Caroline.

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Christine Cornelius