OTTAWA — Christine Lynne Gasser, 70, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in her home in Arvada, Colo., after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.
Chris was born March 12, 1947, in Ottawa, the only child of LaVerne and Marjorie Clairmont Gasser. She was a 1965 graduate of Ottawa High School, where she was very active in the Girls Athletic Association.
A 1969 graduate of Northern Illinois University in PE, she represented the university on the women’s golf team. Upon graduation, Chris moved to Denver and began her career as a physical education teacher. She taught most of her career at Beach Court Elementary School. During her teaching years, Chris was an active Girl Scout serving as troop leader and trainer for many years.
Chris participated in league sports for as long as she was able, enjoying golf, softball and soccer. With her Girl Scouts, she enjoyed camping, hiking, canoeing, sailing and climbing. Always competitive, she became passionate about bridge as she scaled back her physical activities and achieved the Life Master level.
A talented artist as well, Chris enjoyed many different crafts, did beautiful cross stitch, and for many years created “custom made” birthday and anniversary cards for her friends.
After her retirement from teaching, Chris devoted many hours to being a docent at the Denver Zoo. She especially enjoyed the lorikeets and loved teaching young people about the birds as well as the “secrets” of the zoo animals.
Chris was also very involved in her church, St. John Chrysostom Episcopal, where she organized the Christmas Food Boxes, served on the altar guild and helped lead Women in the Spirit group retreats.
Not one to let her hands or her mind be idle, Chris became a member of Curves, traveled as long as she was able including a highlight trip to Africa, helped trap and relocate beaver, recycled like a crazy woman, and challenged her friends to “friendly” games of Bananagrams, Rummikub, Boggle, or anything else available. These were always friendly because she always won. And she continued to give advice from the sidelines to her Broncos and Rockies.
Chris was preceded in death by her parents, her surrogate parents, Deloteus, Sterrett, and Grimm; and her furry companions, O.J., Gypsy, Daisy, Rusty and Zeke.
She is survived by cousins; a huge family of friends; and her beloved kitties, Charlotte and Gracie.
Memorial services were Nov. 4 at St. John Chrysostom Church, Golden, CO 80401.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John Chrysostom Christmas Food Boxes or to the Denver Zoological Foundation, 2300 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205.