Our dear Chris passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 and is at peace and has walked the valley to be with her Lord. She was 79 years young and had no idea she was a senior citizen.
Chris was born in Illinois, one of eight children. She trained as a geriatric nurse and served at Illinois State hospitals for 17 years before moving to Colorado. In 1978, she was the first to start a home-based assisted living home for seniors and spent the next 40 years caring for “her” senior citizens. The home was called Shamrock Manor and was located on West Prospect in Fort Collins. There she made a home for the elderly, the sick, the poor and the lost. She was the epitome of the meaning of “friend”. She was a devout Christian who was motivated, driven, kind, fun and funny. She loved antiques……..both antique objects and antique people!
She married Cliff Bryan in 1991 and in their 27 years together they made their home in Loveland. They were both members of the King of Glory Lutheran Church in Loveland. Cliff preceded her in death 2 years ago. Chris was a member of the Overland Trail Questers group for decades. She most recently worked as a Caregiver with Seniors Helping Seniors.
Chris is survived by two children, one brother and many grand-children, great grand-children, nieces and nephews, some local and some afar. She is also survived by countless friends and beneficiaries of her kindness who will miss her sorely. There is no way to count how many lives Chris touched with her unending, generous, selfless care of the elderly, her friends and family, the ill, the dying and those in need…….. right up to the very last day of her life! This world has suffered a tremendous loss.
Chris’ ashes will be scattered in Illinois at her family's plot as she has requested. A service in her memory will take place at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Loveland, CO on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. A reception will follow the service. Donations can be made in her name to King of Glory Lutheran Church at 2919 N Wilson Ave, Loveland, CO 80538.