On November 17, 2019, Mary “Christa” Southerland Weger, devoted mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, and cousin passed away unexpectedly in a tragic car accident that took not only her own life but also the life of her beloved daughter, Julie Anna Weger.
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Christa was born in Hawkinsville, Georgia on July 18, 1961, the daughter of Troy Southerland and JoAnne Jones Nixon. She graduated from Bleckley County High School in 1979. Following her high school graduation, Christa began a journey to discover her path in life as an adult. Although it took her some time, Christa knew that she had found her calling when she was exposed to the field of nursing. She enrolled in nursing school and graduated from the program in 1987 with her RN. In her typical take charge fashion, she pursued this new challenge with courage and determination and a desire to learn as much as she could. Christa became a traveling nurse and accepted assignments and jobs in Atlanta, Orlando, New Orleans, Dallas, San Antonio, Albuquerque and California. It was in Orlando that she realized her love for pediatrics, and her gift for working with some of the most critically ill children. Christa eventually landed in Austin, Texas in 2007 and made her home there.
Although Christa enjoyed her career and never stopped striving to sharpen her skills as a nurse, it was becoming a mom to her two children Julie and Wes that gave her the most joy and fulfillment. She was thrilled when she and Frank were able to adopt beautiful Julie Anna Weger on May 1st, 2000 and beloved son Wes on Nov 15, 2004. Christa loved being a mom, and she felt it was her greatest calling. She was was fully devoted to Julie and Wes and loved them deeply.
Christa loved inspirational quotes and sayings. One of her favorites was by E. E. Cummings:
“Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: - you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”
She is preceded in death by her grandparents Lyman & Mary Ella Jones and William & Clara Southerland and her brother, King Southerland. Christa will be dearly missed by her parents Austin & JoAnne Nixon and Troy & Judy Southerland, her beloved son Wes, and devoted father to Julie and Wes, Frank Weger. She will also be forever remembered by her brothers and sisters Karen (Hendley), Joe (Kimberly), John (Michelle), Emily (Dan), Caroline (David), Susan, and Allie (Chris), and her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
The memorial service for Christa and Julie was held on November 23rd, 2019 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel and was officiated by Dan Dever.