Christina Mae Arthur passed away peacefully at the Atria Senior Living Facility of Grass Valley, CA. on Sept. 14, 2017.

Christina Mae Arthur passed away peacefully at the Atria Senior Living Facility of Grass Valley, CA. on Sept. 14, 2017.


She was 95.

Christina was born May 25, 1922, to Helen and Edward Marvin in Montour Falls, New York. Prior to marriage, she lived in Hammondsport, New York, beside her beloved Keuka Lake.

After marrying Harry Arthur in 1939 and moving to Canisteo, she raised their four children while simultaneously having successful careers in cosmetology and real estate.

While living in Canisteo, NY, Chris was also Matron of the Eastern Stars, President of the Women’s Professional Business Association, and President of the New York State Hair Designers Guild. She also had a radio show that aired five days a week in Hornell, NY.

For many years, Chris operated Christine’s Beauty Studio on Greenwood St., and later, on Main St. in Canisteo.

For a few years, Chris and Harry owned and operated a Museum located on rt. 54 between Bath and Hammondsport, NY that displayed both Iroquois Indian artifacts and Iroquois culture. 

In 1987, Chris moved to Napa, CA where she married Robert Simpson.

As a member of the St. Helena art club, Chris took various watercolor classes and produced many beautiful paintings.

She also took up golf and became a frequent player among Napa’s various courses. After moving to Lake Wildwood, Ca. in 2000, she joined the art club, and continued with her love of watercolor painting.

Christina was known for her loving heart, charm, humor, easy going personality and her generous nature. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Christina was predeceased by her parents; first husband, Harry Arthur of Canisteo/Hammondsport, NY; second husband, Robert Simpson of Canisteo/California; sister, Frances Morgan of Virginia; uncle, Ken Morley of Rochester, NY; and great grandson, Scott Thompson of Canisteo, NY.

She is survived by her four children, Stan (Barbara) Arthur of Canisteo, NY; Christina Jeanne Arthur of Sylvania, OH; Fran (Don) Ricketts of Lake Wildwood, CA; Jim (Sue) Arthur of Bath, NY; seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, one great great grandchild; aunt, Inge Morley of Rochester, NY; several nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service in New York at a future date. 

Christina will be buried beside her first husband in Woodlawn Cemetery of Canisteo, NY.

If anyone wishes to make a donation in Christina’s memory a check can be sent to American Association of University Women Scholarship Fund. Checks should be made out to AAUW – Bath Branch – EOF and sent to Bonnie Taggart, 8768 Rugby Road, Hammondsport, NY 14840.

To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com.