Christina (Barr) Marden

  • Died: February 7, 2021
  • Location: Holliston, Massachusetts

Holden, Dunn & Lawler Funeral Home

55 High Rock St
Westwood, MA 02090
Tel. (781) 326-0074

Tribute & Message From The Family

Christina (Barr) Marden of Holliston, MA, age 72, passed away peacefully at home on February 7th surrounded by her family. A kind woman of immeasurable grace, the world was a better place with her in it. Chris's death is a profound loss for her husband Richard, who was her high school sweetheart, and her son Ryan Marden. She leaves behind a legacy of love that will not be forgotten.

Chris was an avid Red Sox fan who also enjoyed many good years of golf and traveling, both in the United States and abroad. She visited every state in the nation and eight European countries. In her younger years Chris enjoyed horseback riding as well.

Chris was a beloved member of the Natick High School Class of 1966. She went on to graduate from Framingham State College in 1971 with a BS in Elementary Education and then earned a Master's Degree in Education from Cambridge College in 1995.

However, her most meaningful years were the 35 years she taught in the Natick School System. Chris was dedicated to teaching and impacted hundreds of children with her kind, caring manner. She was known as the kindergarten teacher you wanted your child to have. In addition to receiving the Teacher of the Year Award, Chris also was listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2004. Chris retired from teaching in 2006.

Chris loved the Cape and had cherished memories of her time spent at their summer home in Yarmouthport. A nature lover, Chris was an active member of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster and participated in many programs while her health permitted. She embraced all that life offered.
Chris is predeceased by her parents, Laurence and Agnes "Gigi" Barr as well as her brother William Barr. In addition to her husband Dick and son Ryan, Chris is survived by her sister Barbara Kampersal of Holden as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation for the many acts of kindness and prayers during Chris's illness and the family's bereavement. Arrangements are under the care of Holden Dunn & Lawler Funeral Home in Westwood. There will be no visiting hours. Due to Covid-19, burial will take place in the spring at Glenwood Cemetery in South Natick.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Chris's memory to The Natick Service Council's Food Pantry. Donations may be mailed to The Natick Service Council located at 2 Webster Street in Natick, MA 01760. Please include the words "Food Pantry" on the memo line.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Oh beloved sister Chris, I miss you so much!..You were the best!!..sincere condolences to Dick and Ryan, all her Family and Friends..Love, Barbara

Posted by Barbara Barr Kampersal - Holden, MA - Sister   April 09, 2021

Chris was a good and kind woman that I knew for many years since she married into our family. God rest her soul.

Posted by Fred Marden - Family   April 04, 2021

As a lifelo0ng friend of Chris and her family I want to express my sympathy. I remember her as the captain of the cheerleaders in High school. We shared many an adventure over the past fifty years . Chris was very caring and thoughtful to all . I spent many holidays with Chris and Dick as well as time with them in Vermont as well as their place on the cape. You will not be forgotten. You are a perfect example that life is not always fair .Due to your love and dedication to Dick and Ryan I am sure they will carry on with support from family and friends .

Posted by steve dooley - nashua, NH - Family Friend   March 28, 2021

I worked with Chris at Johnson School. She was so kind and caring. I can still picture her warm smile! I know everyone loved her as a kindergarten teacher. I am so sorry for your loss Dick and Ryan. Please know how loved she was and how she touched so many lives.

Posted by Wendy Lane Hills - Coworker   February 28, 2021

I worked with Chris at Johnson School. I have such fond memories of her warm smile and her kindness! She was an amazing kindergarten teacher! I am so sorry for your loss Dick and Ryan. Please know how loved she was and how many lives she touched!

Posted by Wendy Hills - Coworker   February 28, 2021

As a high school classmate of Chris, and later in life, the mother of a daughter who was very fortunate to have Chris for her kindergarten teacher; I was saddened to learn of Chris's passing. My deepest sympathy to The Marden Family.

Posted by Karen (Fosberg) Marshall - Plymouth, MA - Classmate   February 21, 2021

Chris was our neighbor for 38 years when we lived in Holliston. Doug and I are so sorry for your loss and will keep Dick and Ryan in our prayers that they find comfort in the beautiful memories of Chris

Posted by Marilyn Bernard - Yarmouthport, MA - Neighbor   February 16, 2021

My name is Jon Z Bowser and Mrs. Marden is my favorite and most beautiful teacher inside and out. Mrs Marden told me that she recognized me by my smile after not having seen me in over twenty years. I'll never forget her. She was what a teacher/person should be. I miss you.

Posted by Jon Bowser - Student   February 16, 2021

My condolences to the family. I was just talking the other day with my mother about how the only teachers I really remembered were from Johnson Elementary School. I was fortunate enought have Mrs. Marden in Elementary School. I believe it was 1991-1992. The impact teachers have on children is so powerful and I remember loving being in her class. She was always nice and I enjoyed going to class. Mrs. Marden thank you for setting me on the right path and making me like school right from the start.

Posted by Stephen Bedford - Student   February 15, 2021

My deepest sympathy to you and your family Dick

Posted by Tom Green - classmate   February 15, 2021

My sympathy to Dick and the rest of the family. Chris was a wonderful person who touched so many lives in a positive way. She was a class act and will be missed by all. I consider myself lucky to have had some contact with her through the years.

Posted by Rick Kopelman - Classmate   February 15, 2021

We were so sorry to hear about Mrs. Marden's passing. Our daughter, Michelle, had Chris in 1993 in kindergarten. What a wonderful entry in the Natick School system. Chris was warm and nurturing to our shy daughter and helped her to learn to participate. I remember "helping" out in class and being so grateful as I saw Chris work with each child's potential in her calm, caring way. I marveled at her creative lessons, her management of eager and sometimes not-so-eager five year olds, and her ability to make each feel special. We are so grateful that Michelle started with Chris that long time ago. She was a wonderful teacher and gift to children. Sincerely, Debbie and Tom Mandino

Posted by deborah mael - natick, MA   February 15, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Dick and his family❤
Tom and Sandy Linton

Posted by Sandy Linton - Classmate   February 14, 2021

Dick, I am so sorry for your loss! I know how difficult it's been and wish you only the best

Posted by Tom Bamford - Southwick - Friend   February 14, 2021

My prayers go out to her family. She blessed every life she touched, as she did mine❤ Rest In Peace sweet Chris.

Posted by Sue (Todd) Brusa - Portsmouth, NH - Friend   February 13, 2021

Chris will be missed by all. She was a gentle woman who faced her illness with strength and courage. She was a special friend and sister-in-law.

Posted by Kathleen Marden - Millis, MA - Family   February 13, 2021

The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni extends its condolences to Christina's family and friends. She was a valued member of our alumni family. She is fondly remembered by classmates from 1970, 1971, and also the Cape Cod Framingham College Club.

Posted by Francesca Cerutti-Harris - Framingham, MA   February 12, 2021

Chris was a beautiful lady and a cherished friend. Our love and sympathy are with Dick and Ryan during this time of sadness and loss.

Posted by Lori and Kerry Valiton - West Yarmouth, MA - Friend   February 11, 2021

So sorry Dick and Ryan. A wonderful friend and neighbor. Sending hugs and sincere condolences to her family.

Posted by Beth Wills - Holliston, MA - Neighbor   February 11, 2021

Chris was truly one of the most gracious and kind people that I have ever known and I am grateful to have had Chris as a part of my life. My heart is broken for Dick and Ryan, and her other family and friends.

Posted by Sue Hart    February 10, 2021

Chris warmly welcomed everyone who came to her home - whether in Holliston or on the Cape - and made them feel like her most important visitor. Her kind, gentle way will be missed. Our deepest condolences to Dick & Ryan.
The Cuff Family

Posted by MICHELLE CUFF - Medway, MA - Family   February 10, 2021