Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chrissie's Obituary

Chrissie's Obituary

Christyn Joy Patterson, our warrior princess and precious angel, began her eternal dance with Jesus during the early morning hours on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Our beloved daughter was known around the world as Chrissie, the Serbian Sensation, who touched more lives in 4 short years than most of us ever will in our lifetimes.

Chrissie was born in Serbia October 8, 2005 under the name Barbara Duga, and she was adopted into her forever family as Chrissie Patterson on October 14, 2009. Shortly after Chrissie was born in Serbia, her birth family abandoned her at a Belgrade Hospital when they discovered she had several severe congenital heart defects that could not be repaired in Serbia. Chrissie spent the first ten months of her life in a hospital in Belgrade, Serbia, fighting for her life, as she was determined to one day meet her forever mommy and daddy. Chrissie was discharged from the Belgrade Hospital as an 11-month-old orphan and sent to live in an orphanage called Kolevka (which means The Cradle) in Subotica, Serbia, where Chrissie spent the next three years of her life waiting for her forever family to rescue her. In June, 2009, God announced His calling upon The Patterson Family of Wimberley, Texas, to go rescue His beloved miracle child, Chrissie. Chrissie was united with her forever family in October, 2009, when her family adopted her in Serbia and brought her to Texas where she joyfully lived for the next six months of her life, surrounded by her forever family who cherished her with all of their hearts.

Chrissie was an absolute joy to all who ever met her. She always had a smile on her face and simply loved life. Chrissie taught the world what it means to truly live! Chrissie underwent massive open-heart surgery at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, April 19, 2010. Her talented, courageous, and committed cardiac and medical team, led by Dr. Mary Porisch and Dr. Kupferschmid, never gave up on Chrissie. Chrissie spent 31 days in the PICU of MCH, where she fought boldly and courageously for her life. God worked many mighty miracles in one month during Chrissie’s stay at the hospital, and her strong will and amazing attitude will always be remembered.

Chrissie is survived by her forever family who loved and cherished her with all their hearts: Daddy/TaTa Matt Patterson and Mommy Lorraine Patterson, Big Brothers Parker and Sawyer Patterson, Little Brother Kiefer Patterson, Big Sisters Meribeth and Mattie Patterson, as well as two more special big sisters Emily and Samantha Hall and their mom, Stephanie Hall. Grandparents: Nana Betty Immel and PawPaw Larry Immel, Grammie Kathie Patterson and Grandaddy Larry Patterson, and a very special Aunt “Shoosha”, Trisha Immel Huddleston. Chrissie is also survived by many other aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends around the world.

A royal celebration of Princess Chrissie’s life will be held Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 2:30PM at Hays Hills Baptist Church in Buda, Texas. The funeral will be available for viewing live online via the family blog at . The family will receive guests during visitation at Hays Hills Baptist Church in Buda May 22, 2010, from 3-5PM. Chrissie’s family will host a private graveside burial Monday, May 24, 2010. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to orphan advocacy at or “Abby’s Wish” at

“I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” John 14:18

Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online @

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