Christina 'Chris' Barrett
Aug. 15, 1935 - Jan. 28, 2021
Christina "Chris" Anne Barrett, aged 85, passed away Jan. 28, 2021 in Reno, Nev., following a stroke in December of 2020. Chris was born Aug. 15, 1935 to Mary and Charles "Ace" Haddrell in Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada. Following her parents' many moves during her early childhood, Chris's grandfather, Charles Haddrell, enrolled her in The Convent of the Sacred Heart Catholic Girls School in Vancouver, British Columbia. The education Chris received launched her lifelong interest in education, classical music, and theatre. The school was close enough to her extended family near Abbotsford, B.C. that she could come to her grandfather Haddrell's hotel to visit, work on weekends, spend time on her grandparents Salmons' farm and see friends.
Chris met and married Tom Barrett while living in Chicago with her Aunt Maud and Uncle "Tex," and where her children, Cathy and Mike were later born. After Tom finished college, the family moved to Portland to be nearer to the ocean. Chris and Tom later divorced, and Chris finished college at Portland State University and started teaching at Milwaukie Junior High. Chris taught Language Arts, French, Drama, and even coached basketball. The principal of the school figured that since she had season tickets to the Blazers at that time, she would know more about basketball than any other teachers! Chris later obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching at PSU as well.
Chris loved to travel. While she was still teaching, she traveled on the Amazon, and later spent several summers in Europe and Mexico. After retirement, Chris moved to Reno where she worked at the information station at the Reno Airport, tutored and did substitute teaching. She spent a year teaching English to middle schoolers in South Korea and later lived in Mexico near Lake Chapala for several years, where she hosted her family for numerous vacations, before returning to Reno. In later years, Chris often mentioned that she really missed working. Chris loved her adopted home state of Nevada, exploring backroads and ghost towns and regularly attending the Reno Philharmonic for many seasons. She always enjoyed the abundant sunshine and mountain views from her apartment. Chris loved a good joke, loved to meet people and was very generous.
Chris is survived by her daughter, Cathy and husband, Chris of Corvallis, Ore.; and son, Mike of Enterprise, Ore.; granddaughters, Christina and her husband, Ben Krouse-Gagne of Decorah, Iowa and Shawn and her husband, Dave Bell of Wettingen, Switzerland. Chris also has cousins Chrissie, Catherine, Marlene, Johnny, Mike and Anne-Marie in British Columbia and Washington State, and nieces and nephews in British Columbia and California. Chris' first great-grandchild, Kate, was born to Christina and Ben two weeks after Chris passed. Chris's parents; brother, Glen; former husband, Tom; many beloved uncles, aunts and grandson, Michael, all predeceased her.
Remembrances may be made to the Reno Philharmonic, or any charity that directly serves people. At Chris's request, no service will be held, and her ashes will be spread in the Sierra foothills that she loved so much.
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