Born in Decatur and educated in Bloomington schools, Christian was a capable, intelligent, and enthusiastic leader of the local Amateur Musical Club. She encouraged cooperation among local organizations involved in music and strove to bring high quality music to all. During World War I, the Club organized Red Cross benefit concerts and community sings, with patriotic music either starting or ending all concerts. May (as she was known) was a fiercely independent, single woman. She studied voice, and taught instrumental music, often performing publicly on the piano, as a soloist or with others.