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Christina (Barr) Marden
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Chris's memory to:
  • The Natick Service Council's Food Pantry
    2 Webster Street
    Natick, MA 01760

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“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...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Wendy Lane Hills - Coworker

“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...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Wendy Hills - Coworker

“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...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Karen (Fosberg) Marshall - MA

“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...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Marilyn Bernard - Yarmouthport, MA

“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...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Jon Bowser - Student

“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...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Stephen Bedford - Student

“My deepest sympathy to you and your family Dick ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Green - classmate

“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...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Rick Kopelman - Classmate

“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...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: deborah mael - natick, MA

“Our deepest sympathy to Dick and his family❤Tom and Sandy Linton ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Sandy Linton - Classmate

“Dick, I am so sorry for your loss! I know how difficult it's been and wish you only the best ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Bamford - Southwick - Friend

“My prayers go out to her family. She blessed every life she touched, as she did mine❤ Rest In Peace sweet Chris. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Sue (Todd) Brusa - Portsmouth, NH

“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. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Kathleen Marden - Millis, MA

“The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni extends its condolences to Christina's family and friends. She was a valued member of our...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Francesca Cerutti-Harris - MA

“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. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Lori and Kerry Valiton - MA

“So sorry Dick and Ryan. A wonderful friend and neighbor. Sending hugs and sincere condolences to her family. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Beth Wills - Holliston, MA

“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...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Sue Hart

“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...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: MICHELLE CUFF - Medway, MA


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.