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In Memory of

Christine S. Fralish

March 2, 1943 - March 27, 2015

Obituary


MILDRED CHRISTINE SORROW FRALISH
On Friday morning March 27th Christine Sorrow Fralish, beloved wife of Marvin Fralish Jr., peacefully passed to a better place after a 20-year fight with ovarian cancer.
The youngest child of Hillyer and Mildred Sorrow, she was born March 2, 1943, in Athens, GA, but grew up in Atlanta.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years; three loving sons, Marcus of Sandy Springs, GA, Stephen of Buford, GA, and Gregory (Pam) of Charlottesville, VA; and five grandchildren, Chase, Dalton, Brittany, Eleanor and Josie Fralish.

MILDRED CHRISTINE SORROW FRALISH
On Friday morning March 27th Christine Sorrow Fralish, beloved wife of Marvin Fralish Jr., peacefully passed to a better place after a 20-year fight with ovarian cancer.
The youngest child of Hillyer and Mildred Sorrow, she was born March 2, 1943, in Athens, GA, but grew up in Atlanta.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years; three loving sons, Marcus of Sandy Springs, GA, Stephen of Buford, GA, and Gregory (Pam) of Charlottesville, VA; and five grandchildren, Chase, Dalton, Brittany, Eleanor and Josie Fralish.
Chris attended Home Park School and O'Keefe High. Later, she obtained a BBA degree at Georgia State University and an MA degree in Library Science at the University of South Carolina.
Chris was a "stay at home mom" while her boys grew up in Tucker, GA. She even served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, holding meetings at home.
In 1973, she obtained employment at the Communicable Disease Center (now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in Atlanta, initially as a clerk typist in the Chronic Disease Section. She loved her work and gradually moved up the employment ladder to become the branch chief of CDC's Technical Information and Editorial Services Branch and the Writer-Editor Services Branch. Chris grudgingly retired from CDC in 2008.
Chris received several awards, including the Jeffrey P. Koplan Award, the highest honor bestowed by CDC's chronic disease center. This award recognizes an employee's extraordinary and sustained accomplishments that have contributed significantly to achieving the mission of the chronic disease center, as well as exemplary professional practice and leadership.
Besides being diagnosed with dementia, Chris is a 20-year survivor of ovarian cancer. Chris loved spending time with her family, children and grandchildren.
She always enjoyed gardening, but really loved chocolate, the beach and Elvis! She toured Graceland and attended every Atlanta Elvis concert.
Visitation will be held at Floral Hills Funeral Home, 3150 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, from 6 pm to 8 pm, with a service on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 2:00 pm followed by burial at Floral Hills Memory Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of Floral Hills at www.floralhillsmemorygardenstucker.com. Flowers may be ordered at Bokay by JoAnn of Tucker at www.abokayga.com or, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
Brad Myers, Director of Communications Services at CDC, said the following about Chris: ".those who did not have the pleasure of working with or for Chris, you missed out. Chris' competence and leadership skills were matched only by her flinty character and courage in the face of multiple bouts of cancer, often coming into work after grueling chemo sessions. She had high expectations for herself and those she worked with, and zealously defended and protected those that worked for her. She was a mentor to many and is missed by many more whose lives and careers she touched."