Christine Malone Street “Chrys” left this life April 18, 2022. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 4, 1930, to the late Malloy Benson and Lucy Sims Malone. She graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Art. She attended graduate school at Emory University where she was a member of the Kappa Delta Upsilon honorary education sorority. She taught in Atlanta Public schools, Marietta City schools, and the Walker school. She was also involved in cultural arts, receiving board commendations and a lifetime membership in the P.T.A. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, the Anne Hudgins Shakespeare Class, and the Honeysuckle Garden Club.
She was the founder of Cobb County Habitat for Humanity (now the NW Atlanta Habitat affiliate) which has built many houses in the area. There is a nice video for A History of Habitat in Cobb County available at the following link - A History Of Habitat - YouTube https://youtu.be/N5sfYrlMiJg. She was also a founding member of the Cobb County Landmarks historical society, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, Alabama, and the Booth Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.
Chrys was a true artist in the deepest sense of the word. She designed and made stained glass windows, some of which are installed at the Cobb Youth Museum and Marietta Middle School. She found joy in taking discarded and damaged materials to incorporate them into her arts, a mural from broken dishes, a rooster from a discarded laundry detergent jug, or garlands for a large outdoor Christmas tree made from pie tins. She was always saving broken and discarded things with an eye for giving it new life as a part of some wonderous display.
She married John R. Street, an architect, musician, and fellow Auburn graduate in 1952, and he designed and built their Marietta home in 1955. John predeceased Chrys, passing in 2009. Chrys is survived by her son Rueben Mattison (Matt) Street and his wife Christie of Roswell, her son John Kirkland (Kirk) Street and his wife Tressa of Marietta, grandson Alex and his wife Lea and daughter Taylor, of McMinnville, Tennessee, and grandson Keller of Atlanta. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service and reception will take place Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 2PM at St James Episcopal Church, 161 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Marietta Educational Garden Center (505 Kennesaw Ave Marietta, GA 30060), the Cobb Youth Museum ( P.O. Box 78 Marietta, GA 30061) or the charity of your choice.