Christine Buth Osborne was born on May 15, 1929 to William Frederick (Fritz) and Leta Haase Buth on the family farm near Mosheim. She passed away on December 7, 2023 at the age of 94 at the nursing home. She graduated from Gatesville High School in 1947 where she was an outstanding athlete and a star basketball player. She worked for many years at Rocketdyne in McGregor as an executive secretary.
In 1971 she married the love of her life, William “Tig” Osborne . The two of them adored each other and for the next 50 years embarked on a lifetime of adventure. Tig had his pilot’s license and a small plane and the two of them would take off and land from the pasture of their farm. She said she loved being his “copilot” and on occasion he even let her fly. Their bucket list included traveling to all 50 states. They were able to fulfill that dream and most of this was done pulling their camper trailer looking for obscure places to search for rocks and arrowheads. They loved looking for treasures at garage and estate sales, loading up on the bus and heading to the casino and being with their friends and family. While they lived in Arizona, she would giggle and say that she liked to sneak off and bet on the horses.
Christine loved being outdoors. She raised goats on the family farm up to the ripe young age of 92. Well into their 90s you could drive by their place and see her on the tractor and him on the lawnmower. They would both tell you that they had shared a very good life.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Tig Osborne; parents, Fritz and Leta Buth; sister, Claudine Derrick and brother, Carl Buth. She is survived by her cousin, Brenda Buth Byrom, whom she referred to as “the daughter she never had.” She is also survived by a very special nephew, Jason Derrick, five stepdaughters including Kathryn “Sam” Miller, Kim Hughes and Denise Ledford, four step granddaughters, including Jenna Ledford and Alexa Challey and four step great grandchildren including William Zeigler.
As in life they wanted to do everything together, so they requested no service be held until both of them had passed. A memorial to honor both of them will take place at the family farm where they have requested their ashes be spread. That memorial will be held at a later date in the weeks to come.
Tig and Christine were avid readers and the Gatesville Library held a fond place in their heart. If you would like to make a memorial in their name, they would love you to support the Gatesville Library, Turnersville Fire Department or the charity of your choice.