Vivian Christene Buchanan was born on October 17, 1931 in Natchez, Mississippi to John Murray and Alice Russel-Murray. She was the 10th born of 13 children. Christene graduated from Jefferson High School. Christene accepted Christ at an early age and attended Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.
She later moved her membership to Christ Commissioned International Church under the leadership of Pastor Antwone Sanford Sr. Christene married Donald Buchanan on February 1, 1956 and to this union three children were born: Carolyn Buchanan-Marlow, Alan “Jay” Buchanan, and Michael Buchanan.
Christene was a business owner. She owned many different businesses including a laundromat and restaurants. She was an Entrepreneur for over 50 years. In her spare time she enjoyed family gatherings, fishing, cooking and entertaining people. She had a heart of gold and would help anyone in need. She was loveable, kind, friendly and had a great sense of humor.
On November 26, 2013 in Apple Valley, California, Christene was called home to be with the Lord. Those who preceded her in death are her husband Donald Buchanan, her parents: John and Alice Murray, grandson Donya’ Buchanan and 11 siblings.
She leaves to cherish her memories to her children: Carloyn Buchanan-Marlow (Charlie), Alan “Jay” Buchanan (Julie), Michael Buchanan (Lessie) and Hermana “Babay” Polk (adopted daughter); one sister Elizabeth Murray of Compton, CA; three sisters-in-law: Shernell Buchanan of Chicago, IL, Margaret Murray of Los Angeles, CA, and Mattiel Murray of Lynwood, CA; grandchildren: Anthony Sanford Jr (Christene), Antwone Sanford Sr. (Lashon), Stacee Smith, LaPresha Smith, Michael Buchanan Jr., Desiree’ Buchanan, Jason Buchanan, Janett Buchanan, Veronica Buchanan, Skylar Buchanan, Sierra Buchanan, Kaleb Buchanan, Isaiah Buchanan, Alan Buchanan, Steven Wimberly Jr., Charlie Marlow III, Tonya Marlow, Shuwona Marlow and Damon Love; great-grandchildren: Antwone Sanford Jr., Amari Sanford, Ahmad Sanford, Madyson Sanford, Derrell Sanford, Haley Sanford, Aazaziah Johnson, Jaeden Buchanan, Shania Buchanan, Michael Buchanan III, Kyle Buchanan, Stephanie Wimberly, Rashad Wimberly, Brandon Wimberly and Angel; godchildren: Brenda Wilson and Vivian (Tina)Buchanan and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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