Marion “Chris” Louise Christman Linton

**Memorial Service for Marion “Chris” Louise Linton will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 30, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, Kansas.**

Marion “Chris” Louise Christman Linton, 96, passed away January 11, 2021, with family by her side. Chris was born December 14, 1924 near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to Edna and John Christman. She attended schools in that area, then went to college at Muskingum (Ohio). With multiple “Marions” in her dorm, she took on the lasting nickname, Chris, and met her future husband, Bruce Linton there, and they were inseparable from then on. After Bruce returned from Europe and WWII, they were married on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1946. Chris graduated with a teaching degree and taught school for several years before starting a family with Bruce and becoming full-time Mom. Survivors include her husband of almost 75 years, Bruce; two children: Wendy (Jeffrey) and Marc (Donna), four grandchildren John, Jessica (Eric), Andrew (Emily) and Dean (Ashley); and two great grandchildren, Madelyn and Ella.

In her youth and college, Chris was an excellent student, and was involved in theater, debate, Band, Orchestra, school newspaper, leadership and church groups. In their home in Lawrence since 1955, she enjoyed the garden, bridge clubs, Plymouth Women (Plymouth Congregational Church member since 1956), and KU events, particularly theater, jazz, and eventually KU Retirees. As the children grew up, she loved the camping vacations, white-water float trips, and visiting extended family. After Bruce’s retirement, Chris and Bruce enjoyed several cruise ship tours, visited England multiple times, and for 19 years they spent a winter month or two at South Padre Island, Texas.

Her radiant smile, compassion and unconditional love will be deeply missed. As grandma, mom, and wife, she was the epitome of support; the “cheer leader” for her family; her strongest role.
Services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Plymouth Congregational Church or Endacott Society of the KU Alumni Association and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

7 Condolences

  1. Judy Niebaum on January 13, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Bruce, I am so sorry for your loss of Chris! But, Wow! How wonderful the nearly 75 years of marriage and the family you created together! Bless your hearts all!
    Sincere thoughts of sympathy for each of you!!
    Judy Niebaum & Dave Marden

  2. Nora Clark on January 13, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Chris was a delightful inspiration and wonderful conversationalist for me. I was a new Endacott member from 2015. She very soon welcomed me with fascinating conversation.
    Your Music Group presentation of your song with Chris is a memory that lives in the heart! I hope you have pictures I took then.
    If not, tell me, and I’ll retrieve them for you.
    I hope memories of your life together lift your spirits and continue to sustain you.
    She was a Gem!!
    Regards, Nora Clark

  3. Jim Allen on January 13, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    My sympathy and wishes for God’s peace at this time to all of Chris’ family. We always looked forward at Christmas to seeing all the “Kansas Kousins” at Don and Barb’s home for their famous parties.. wonderful memories!

  4. Victor Wallace on January 13, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Victor Wallace:

    Bruce, we will all miss Chris and her lively focus on whoever she greeted.
    I know the pain you are experiencing, and wish you comfort in your memories. I’m with you in spirit!


  5. Kay Koch on January 15, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Bruce – I am sorry to hear about the passing of your bride. She was a lovely lady and I enjoyed getting to know you both at Plymouth Church. Sending you virtual love and hugs.

  6. Sue Dary on January 17, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Bruce, I was so sorry to read of Chris’ passing. You had a long and happy life together. It’s hard to lose the one you’ve loved so long. May God be with you as you begin a new live.

    Sue Dary

  7. kelley zimmerli on June 10, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    i am so deeply sorry i am just now looking and my heart goes out to you and your family. i so loved chris and loved waiting on both of you at perkins for many years.
    i will be praying for comfort.


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