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Regina Christe McQuirk Sutherland

August 28, 1946 — March 10, 2024

Regina Christe McQuirk Sutherland

Regina Christe McQuirk Sutherland passedaway on March 10, 2024, surrounded by family in her home in Cumming, Georgia. She was 77. Christe was born in Roswell,New Mexico and was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years,Colonel Gary Wayne Sutherland; her son, Eric Scott Sutherland;her parents, Joseph Michael McQuirk and Marjorie Miller McQuirk; and beloved sister, Barbara Claire Kuper.

Christe attended St. Peter’s Catholic School and Church in Roswell. She cherished her years on Penn Avenue and shared many memories with her loved ones. Christe was a beloved wife and Mother to her two children. The Colonel adored his Queen. The Sutherland family moved with the US Army or 27 years and Christe always made a home wherever the Army stationed the Colonel. She was an amazing cook and an even better baker, best known for her peanut brittle and fudge. Her grandson,Jacob, especially loved his Gaga’s caramel corn. There wasn’t a form of sugar Gaga didn’t love and she had no problem serving chocolate cake for breakfast. Christe loved to play cards,bridge,and poker, and never hesitated to correct one’s card etiquette when needed. She had a quick wit and liked things to be the way she wanted them to be. Christe traveled with her husband to many places, making friends and memories wherever they went. They spent many years in Georgia where Christe met the “Georgia Peaches” - women who would be her lifelong friends. Every new assignment was special, but none brought them more joy than their 25 years of retirement in the Texas hill country.

Besides her family and friends, Christe loved “her” Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns. Her unwavering loyalty to her teams was something to be admired. If you knew Christe you knew that she was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan, and she passed knowing full well Dez’s catch was good in the 2014 NFC Championship and was still adamant her Cowboys were robbed of a Superbowl appearance that season.

Christe Sutherland is survived by her only daughter, Heather Dawn Sutherland Reis (Ron) of Cumming, Georgia and the apple of her eye, her sole grandson, Jacob Reis (Maddie) of Waxhaw, North Carolina. Other survivors include her sister, Mary Reeves; her brother, Michael McQuirk; and several nieces and nephews. Christe’s entire life was taking care of her family, making every new station a home, volunteering for the USO and other military organizations. A celebration of Christe Sutherland’s life will be held in Buda, Texas.

Her family will participate in an intentional mass at Santa Cruz Catholic Church at 8 AM on June 1, 2024. All relatives and long-time friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association/Mac Lung Disease Research.
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