Cristina Ann Hall Patrick
Cristina Ann Hall Patrick, born June 6, 1963, in Gresham, Oregon, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2017, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She was surrounded by her loving family, including her mother, Jeannie Hall, and husband, Todd Patrick, her love of 28 years.
Chris spent a lively childhood in Walla Walla, Washington, with her mother, grandmother, and her beloved Orchard family, parents Sharon and Willis Orchard; sisters Debbie, Beth, Lisa, Sarah and Amy; and brothers Scott, Bill, Brian, Henderson, Kelton and Blaine, all of whom were dear and important to her.
Chris lived life with heart, curiosity, gratitude and a love of learning. She followed her passion for nature, literature, history and society to Whitman College, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and sociology and graduated cum laude.
Her career was full of adventures and accomplishments: from fighting fires in Yellowstone and the Everglades to managing the start-up of the Pitkin County Recycling Center; from tending bar at La Cocina in Aspen and the Riverside Grill in Basalt to high performance real estate transactions with Mason Morse in Glenwood Springs; from mentoring local at-risk youth and helping Latino families to serving on the board of directors for community public radio station KNDK.
Chris was a woman of immense intelligence, strength, compassion, beauty, and grace; of infectious, flirty, vivacious charm. “Well hello, Darlin’!” was her standard greeting, and her signature line was “I can make that happen for you.” She was first up the trail and last off the dance floor.
She wasn’t afraid to ditch the working world for months at a time to camp and travel off the grid; to explore the unique places of the world with her husband, Todd, or on her own; to hit the trails, beaches, and forests with friends and family.
Chris lived every day with an effervescent, positive,sparky attitude that inspires those she leaves behind: her family, including the pack of many nieces and nephews who consider her another mother and in-laws who consider her another sister, and her dear friends in the valley and around the globe.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Riverside Grill, 181 Basalt Center Circle, in Basalt on Thursday, March 16th, from 5 – 9:00 p.m. Chris asked that donations in her honor be directed to Hospice of the Valley in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, for their wonderful support and assistance in her final days.
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