Long-time volunteer, tour leader: Remembering OCCHS’ Jean Christopher
Jean Christopher, a long-time member of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), passed away Oct. 28. Cause of
death was reportedly a bleeding ulcer.
“She was a very valuable member,” recalled OCCHS President Bev Disch. “I could call on her and she'd always come through.”
Christopher was especially known as a tour leader, and Disch said Christopher had taught her how.
OCCHS members lead tours - scheduled or on request - around Old Colorado City, telling the history of buildings and days gone by. The starting point is typically the History Center the OCCHS owns and operates at 1 S. 24th St.
Lucille Cunningham, a former OCCHS president on whose board Christopher served, also had kind memories of Christopher. “She was a wonderful worker,” Cunningham said. “She'd do tours even if she only had two people.”
People might also remember seeing Christopher, in full old-time costume, sometimes riding in a horse-drawn buggy through Old Colorado City, when riders would make special tour arrangements with 3G's Front Range Carriage Service.
Christopher had previously taught in District 11 for 33 years and had been a member of Sacred Heart Church for 54 years, Disch said.
In lieu of flowers, her family asked that donations be made to OCCHS. According to OCCHS Treasurer Dave Hughes, more than $900 had been donated in Christopher's name as of this week.
Westside Pioneer Article