In Loving Rememberance of Christine Zeigler
Christine Zeigler was born Christiana Nellie Meeks on July 26, 1921 in Sanford, Florida to Arthur Meeks and Leola Davis Meeks. Shortly after her birth her parents move to Hillsborough County in Tampa Florida. She graduated from Middleton Senior High School. After high school Christine worked as a secretary at The Tampa Tribune a local newspaper in Tampa. She would later meet Hollis Norman Zeigler Sr. They soon married and eventually moved to Philadelphia during World War II era in 1942. She worked at the Naval Aviation Depot Support Services Division in the uniform department. Shortly after their arrival to Philadelphia Christine gave birth to their first son Hollis Norman Zeigler Jr. in 1943.
Christine Zeigler joined Janes Memorial Methodist Church shortly after Norman's birth where she was an active member for over 50+ years. Her auxiliary affiliations included The Janes Gospel Chorus and The Janes Nurses Unit. She also helped other organizations within the church when called to do so. Christine was a devoted church member. Both her children were christened at Janes and she attended Janes on a regular basis until sick and shut in.
Christine Zeigler was a very kind, strong, God fearing and determined woman. You could say that she was a pioneer of sorts. Shortly before Christine gave birth to their second child Arthur Brian Zeigler in 1960 Christine and her husband separated. Left with two boys to bring up on her own, Christine put her faith in the Lord and did not let this destroy her or her family although in those days it was really hard for single black women.
Christine Zeigler kept praying and trusting in God, and knew that He would provide and He did. Through one of her church members she was introduced to a prominent physician Dr. and his wife Mrs. Thomas. The doctor fell ill and his wife hired Christine to care for him and their home. Knowing her situation they even open their home to Christine and her two children to stay. One day while caring for Dr. Thomas he told Christine; â€śYou're good at this, you should go to nursing schoolâ€ť.
Christine Zeigler attended the Philadelphia School of Nursing where she later earned her License Practical Nursing Degree. She was one of very few black women to attend the school and graduate. In 1963 Dr. and Mrs. Thomas told Christine, â€śNow that you've accomplished this you need to get you your own home so the boys can have their own rooms, you can do itâ€ť He referred Christine to a Jewish Real Estate agent who said â€śIt may be tough Christine but with the help of God, we're going to get you a houseâ€ť. In those days it was almost unheard of that a single black female would be able to purchase a home by herself.
Christine Zeigler always trusted in God and prayer. A few months later Christine purchased her first home at 6331 N. Norwood Street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. In 1969 Christine was hired as a full time floor nurse at Episcopal Hospital at Front and Lehigh Avenue. Christine Zeigler stayed at this home well after both her sons were grown and until the house was practically paid off. The neighborhood began to decline and Christine asked the Lord what shall I do? She said â€śWhere he leads me I will followâ€ť.
Christine Zeigler bought her second home in 1985 at 7539 Mayland Road in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. Christine retired from Episcopal Hospital in the late 80's. Devoted to her family she made constant trips to visit her sons to insure for herself that they were well, even as her health began to decline. In 2002 Christine had a stroke which left her a little down but not out. Shortly after her recovery she got right on a plane and went to California to see her son and grandchildren. This was the determination in her at its finest. When she returned she would hop right in a car or bus and go to see her youngest son in Maryland. Anyone that knew Christine knew she let nothing stand in the way, if it was something she wanted or needed to do.
In 2003 though her diabetes began to get the best of her and she would soon lose a limb to the disease. This really took a toll on Christine as now instead of always there to do for others, she was in a position that others had to do for her. Luckily she was loved by so many people, but continuously by the Lord. He blessed Christine with a nephew and niece Alphonso and Eva Zeigler who had always loved and looked in on Christine daily during her declining years. Her nephew Bennett Zeigler was devoted to Christine and visited her often.
Christine Zeigler spent the rest of her years at Willow Terrace Nursing Home in Philadelphia. Al and Eva told Christine â€śAunt Christine don't you worry about a thing we are here for you no matter whatâ€ť! Christine loved those two as if they were her own children and treated them like they were too. They were another gift sent to Christine, by God. In 2005 Christine had to lose another limb to diabetes. Still with a little fight left she persevered and tried to put the best on the outside and she lived to see her 85th birthday.
On Thursday May 24, 2007 at 4:30am Christine succumbed to a bacterial infection. She finally got tired of fighting. She prayed and asked the Lord to bring her on home. Her work was done here and she was ready to go. She was a constant believer through and through and she knew like always that God answers prayers.
Christine Zeigler is survived by two sons Hollis Norman Zeigler Jr. and Arthur Brian Zeigler four grandchildren Brian Peterson, Hollis, Christina and Aaron Zeigler and one great grandchild Chyna Peterson one sister Flora Jean Scott and first cousins Aleane Currie and Leola Williams and two nephews Alphonso and Bennett Zeigler and niece Eva Zeigler.
This is not Goodbye
I'm not living here anymore,
I've gone "home" to stay,
God, He came and picked me up,
Just, the other day!
I won't be there for you to call,
Upon, the telephone,
But, don't you worry...I'll be around,
You'll "never" be alone!
I'll keep a watchful eye on you,
In case, you need a hand,
And, I'll be there when the precious babes,
First, begin to stand!
God has called my name out of the,
"BIG LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE,"
It was just my time to go,
I led a very fulfilling life!
Every time you whisper my name,
You'll feel me in the wind,
The crisp wind on your face, you'll know,
Is, just my loving hands!
And, when it rains, please know,
That, this is just my heartfelt tears,
From, watching my loved one's live their lives,
In, the coming years!
I leave this one, last message for you,
But, this is not "goodbye,"
For, I'll be lovingly watching you...
...from, way-up in the sky!!!
Wednesday May 30, 2007 at 11:00
Janes Memorial Methodist Church
47 East Haines Street
Philadelphia Pennsyvania 19144
Mt. Moriah Memorial Park