Christy May Druse, 50, Enid, Oklahoma, passed away on Sept. 28.
Christy was born Aug. 18, 1970, on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona, to Henry and Bessey White. Her birth name was Merle Ann White. Christy was born with a host of medical issues and as a result was brought off the reservation and placed in the foster care of Thomas and Claudette Druse.
The Druse family immediately fell in love with her and as a result filed a petition to adopt her. It is a very rare instance for a family not belonging to the tribe to be able to adopt, however, with the help of many professional people, the love of the Druse family and the grace of God, we were blessed by the White family and the White Mountain Apache Tribe with the adoption.
And so, Merle Ann White became Christy May Druse.
Christy grew up as an Army brat along with her two older brothers, Tom and Richard. They moved from Arizona to San Antonio, Texas. Upon Thomas’s retirement from the Army in 1977, they moved to Enid, Oklahoma. Christy attended school in Enid and Kremlin, graduating from Kremlin High School. She took a course at O.T. Autry Vo-Tech in culinary and worked in the food service industry, ending up at Northern Oklahoma College, Enid campus cafeteria.
Christy loved the outdoors and spent many days fishing with her family, especially with her dad in their secret spots. Christy loved rock music, especially the band Kiss and went to many concerts that included four Kiss concerts with brother Tom. Christy enjoyed going to casinos with her family and just overall enjoyed life, even toward the end as medical issues slowed her down.
She enjoyed many trips to Arizona to visit her Apache family, most recently with her boyfriend and companion, Greg Nusz.
Christy is survived by father Thomas Lee Druse of Enid; brothers Thomas Ray Druse, Richard Lee Druse, both of Enid, Paul White Israel and Bernard White, both of Whiteriver; sisters Lucivia Colelay, Anabel Riley, Jeanette Cosay, and Carol Hawkins, all of Whiteriver; many nieces and nephews; and even more great-nieces and great-nephews. She also is survived by boyfriend and companion Greg Nusz.
Christy was preceded in death by mother Claudette Kay Druse and birthparents Henry and Bessey White.
Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion, conducted her memorial service Friday at Marion Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people donate to Hospice Circle of Love, Enid. The family requests that people sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Christy at www.ymzfh.com.