Christine Applin, affectionately known as “Grammy”, entered heaven on December 10, 2020. She passed away peacefully while her daughters and granddaughters sat with her, singing her favorite hymns. Her faith was very important to her throughout her life and she was ready, even longing to be with Jesus.
Chris was born in Sudan, Texas, on March 21, 1931, to Ernest and Oma Hammock. She was one of four children, Elwood “Curly”, Corine, Christine, and Rachel. She married Aubrey Applin when she was 15. They had 7 children, Jimmy, Donna, Kay, Dennis, Teena, Rick, and Kim.
Chris lived in Texas many years of her life but considered her home to be in Colorado, which she called “God’s country.” She was blessed with a calm, peaceful, loving manner, always showing it through her caring concern for others. She loved to cook and always made more than enough so everyone had plenty. No child on the block went hungry since there was room at her table for all even when she had nothing. A family favorite is chicken ‘n dumplins but don’t ask for a recipe because there isn’t one, she would just say “a pinch of this and a handful of that.” Family was everything to Chris. She put everyone above herself and found her joy in the joys of others. A full house and playing games (especially dominoes) were some of her greatest pleasures. A new baby in the family was the frosting on the cake.
As we sat together reminiscing, we thought of a hundred MOMISMS. Our favorite is “happy tracks” referring to the little handprints and scattered toys of small children.
Chris was a well-respected and loved business woman. She pioneered assisted living facilities in the Cortez area. She owned and operated the Pine Street Care Center for 17 years, touching many lives and helping to make the transition from independent living to assisted living easier for so many. Chris was also instrumental in helping others start their own assisted living facilities because she saw such a need for them in the area.
Chris is survived by her sisters, Corine and Rachel; her children, Jim (Claudia) Applin, Dennis (Janice) Applin, Teena (Lee) Whiting, Rick (Melissa) Applin, Kim (Rea) Schamp; 17 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren with one more on the way; and 1 great-great grandchild with another on the way. She is also survived by numerous other family members. She was welcomed to her heavenly home by her parents, Oma and Ernest; brother, Curly; husband, Aubrey; daughters, Donna and Kay; and one great grandchild, Dylan.
There will be a graveside service on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Yellow Jacket, CO.
We want to thank Vista Mesa Assisted Living and Hospice for all the help and kindness they extended us during Mom’s last days. Memorial contributions can be made in Chris’s name to Hospice of Montezuma, PO Box 740, Cortez, CO 81321.