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Christina M. Lara

September 3, 1991 ~ March 26, 2021 (age 29)


Christina M. Lara, 29, of Oakland City, and formerly of Mt. Vernon, passed away at her home on Friday, March 26, 2021.  She was born on September 3, 1991 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Gilbert and Wilma (Pettyjohn) Lara.

Christina was an incredible, free-spirited woman who loved people and had a passion for serving others. Her infectious smile, coupled with her never-ending passion for country music, brighten any room she entered and left joy in the hearts of those around her – especially her friend, Cris Wolf. Cris was a friend and second mother to her, loving her and taking care of Christina when her momma couldn’t be with her. Christina’s other loves included her many jobs that kept her busy, singing, dancing, going to concerts, and collecting country music t-shirts. Christina was an unforgettable personality who will be missed by all.

She is survived by her parents, sisters, Alicia (Christopher) Tunstall and Hannah Lara and special nephew, Clark Tunstall; grandfather, Bill Pettyjohn; Aunts & Uncles, Darrell (Leisa) Pettyjohn, Janet Miller, Donna (Mike) Bowers, Migdalia (Rob) Robinson, Larry (Charlotte) Pettyjohn, Libby (Paul) Downen, Evelyn (Don) Walls, and Loretta (Russell) Wayland; and several cousins.  She was preceded in death by grandparents, Bonita Pettyjohn and Angel & Margarita Lara.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on April 2nd, 2021 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home and Friday from 11:00 am until time of the service. Burial will follow at Union Ridge Cemetery in New Haven.

Due to the current health crisis, mask are required and social distancing should be maintained.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to The National Kidney Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com

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April 1, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Stendeback Funeral Home
200 S. Walnut St.
Carmi, IL 62821

Funeral Service
April 2, 2021

1:00 PM
Stendeback Funeral Home
200 S. Walnut St.
Carmi, IL 62821

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