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).
“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:
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!
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