A beautiful spirit . . . that’s how Amy Bartlett described her mother, Christine Cullen Bartlett, who passed away early this morning.

Here’s what she wrote on Facebook:

My mom went in peace around 3 AM this morning. Over the past week, she has spent time with my brother and I as family as she grew weak. Her final days were spent at home, where she felt most comfortable. We miss her dearly already, but know that she is at peace now and has reunited with her mom and dad. Over the coming weeks and months, I’m sure we will come across many things that remind us of her and her beautiful spirit. I look forward to discovering those things and having her “check in” on us from time to time until we can reunite with her again.

Thank you all for your love and support during this time. Your flowers, texts, food drop offs, voice messages, prayers and all the love you’ve sent her way has been so incredibly overwhelming and comforting. Thank you ♥️ (photo: my mom giving my senior rescue, Ralphie, a fluid IV. She was a fantastic mom and the best dog grandma).

Chris Cullen Bartlett gives “Ralphie,” rescue dog, an IV.

Still feel like 28 LOL” was a post I wrote about Chris on her turning 65. As you reread the post, you’ll learn that Chris unfortunately moved away in her senior year, but still kept in touch with her Burbank High classmates.

She submitted information for the Reunion Questionnaire:

Chris Cullen, 1968

CHRISTINE CULLEN BARTLETT met her husband in 1970 at Cal State University Northridge. They married in 1978 and were married for twenty years. Unfortunately they divorced in 1998. Chris has a son, Mathew, 36 , and a daughter, Amy 34. Mathew served in the Army for twelve years, during which he was deployed twice to Iraq. He graduated from the U of Montana, Missoula, with a degree in History, and Military History. He has just recently returned to school, to earn his Masters. Amy graduated from Cal State U, Long Beach, with a degree in Cinematography. After working in that field for a bit, she went on to work for Apple, as a computer Genius. She was then hired by Disney, for a new IT department they were forming. She is now buying her father’s business, because he is retiring. Busy kids! Chris has two grand- fur babies, her daughter’s two dachshunds, Rudy and Joey, “So cute!” Chris graduated from CSUN with a degree in art. She is now retired and spends her time in physical therapy, recouping from two surgeries that she had in May. Her greatest accomplishment since high school, is “the two wonderful kids that I raised. They’ve grown up to be wonderful young adults!” At Burbank High, she loved her art classes and drill team. She used to get so many demerits from Mrs. McCall, for wiggling too much!

Chris (center) with her son and daughter.

Please share your remembrances of Chris in the comments below.

Chris’ obituary can be found here.

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7 responses »

  1. larry says:

    So sorry to hear. She lived a wonderful life and seemed like a really good person. Rest easy now.

  2. Jerry Sorich says:

    I remember walking home from John Muir junior high with Chris. Many many days talking about the events of our day. She was a lovely spirit

  3. bill reimers says:

    I’m glad to hear that at least Chris went peacefully and with those she loved the most at her side. I knew her in high school enough to say hi and we shared a few classes together. She was obviously a great mom as her two adult kids have done well in their own lives. I have no doubt you will be hearing from Chris in one way or another. I was with my wife for 18 years before the divorce and she contracted cancer and passed away 5 years later. She has visited me several times over the ensuing years and was even with my dad as he passed away a year after she did.
    God bless you and your brother Amy and I know you will benefit from your mom’s love the rest of your lives.

  4. Tonia Szilagyi Frigerio says:

    Ahh! We were in Girl Scouts together and had good times camping! And we have been back in touch the past several years! I have photos of us together that I will search for! Always a sweet gal! So, sorry! So, sad! ♥️

  5. Bonnie (Moody) Rapp says:

    May Chris rest in God’s loving arms, and may He comfort Matthew and Amy at this time.

  6. Roger Guggenheimer says:

    Hey Chris,
    I remember you from our kindergarten class at Jefferson elementary. I can almost still smell the Jergens lotion in class, and those boards we took naps on! You invited me over for cookies at your house on Stanford Road, above Jolly drive. How fortunate to have had your family close when you departed this world.
    May you rest in peace, Chris. I’ll miss you.

  7. Roger Cummins says:

    So so sad. She told me I was the first boy she ever “met”… age 4 mos. Our parents were best friends. I loved her dearly.

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