Christine B. Truitt, age 71, of Escanaba, passed away Wednesday morning, March 31, 2021, at Helping Hands Adult Foster Care Facility in Soo Hill just as the sun’s rays lit the morning sky. Our mother, ma, mamacita and Queen Chrissy lived 68 of her 71 years in Escanaba. She graduated from Escanaba High School in 1968 and attended Bay College, earning an Associate Degree. She was an accomplished artist, earning many awards throughout her life for her talents. She was creative, funny, boisterous, beautiful, loving, stubborn and quick witted. She spoke her mind often but never made an enemy. She has legions of people that have humorous stories of her shenanigans and exploits. Sometimes, we witnessed them and sometimes, she would invite us along for her fun. Her favorite labor of love was her flower and vegetable gardens. For many years, she could be found in her cutoff jeans and “Top Gun” sunglasses puttering in her gardens. She never failed to share her bounty of dried flowers and canned goods with those she loved. She wore many hats throughout her life and if she didn’t like the hat she was wearing, she would put her artistic talents to use and pretty it up. She loved to tell stories about her work life. Some of her favorites were from her days at the House of Ludington, Shopko, Fashion Bug and Andex Printing. To her daughters’ ever loving embarrassment, she loved to dress them alike. She made the most beautiful dresses for them to wear. Her greatest accomplishment as a seamstress was crafting a custom wedding dress for eldest daughter. She once said every drop of blood from the pins in the dress were drops of love and there was a lot of love in that dress. When her three daughters were young and growing, she was everyone’s ma. Friends would come and go from the house whether “the girls” were home or not. It was not unusual for her to be sitting at the table feeding one of the friends who came to see her and not them. She welcomed everyone. Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” and her family was her treasure. Her loving heart will live on in our hearts and we will carry her with us always.
Daughters: Sandi (Ron) Young, Anne (Dan Roberts) Truitt and Ginny Truitt
Brother: John Bichler
Sisters: Sherry (Rick) Henderson, Kim (Cliff) Arntzen, Laurie (John) Gallagher
and Dianne (Ken) Pekarak
Grandchildren: Ashleigh Young, Austin (Samantha) Young, Aaron Young,
Alyssa (Ethan) Schnell, Aiden Truitt and Ty Shankle
Great Grandchildren: Owen, Calvin and Cecilia Young
Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, Donald and Darlene, Chris was preceded in death by:
Brother: Donn “Butch” Bichler
Grandmother: Anna Bichler
Granddaughter: Breanna Truitt
Graveside services for Chris will be held at the convenience of her family. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes are assisting with arrangements. Chris’ family would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the staff at Helping Hands Adult Foster Care and UPHS Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion extended to their loving mother.