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Doane Beal & Ames

160 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA

OBITUARY

Christina Lowell Brazelton

May 2, 1921August 11, 2015

On August 11, 2015, Christina Lowell Brazelton died peacefully at home in Barnstable, Massachusetts, from natural causes. Christina, known to friends and family as Chrissy, was married to Thomas Berry Brazelton for 66 years and lived in Cambridge and Barnstable.

She was born in Boston on May 2, 1921, to Catherine Bowles and Alfred Putnam Lowell. The youngest of three daughters, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Frances Hunsaker and Beatrice Magruder. She attended Winsor School and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1946. She worked at Coward McCann Publishing in New York City before her marriage to Berry in 1949. She became his secretary and lifelong career coach. She was a director of many boards, including the Home for Little Wanderers, Shady Hill School, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. She was a collector of antiques and contemporary art and ran a gallery in Cambridge with Betsy Van Buren and Jerry Cutting specializing in new contemporary artists.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Berry Brazelton, her children, Catherine Bowles Brazelton, Pauline Battle Brazelton, Christina Lowell Brazelton, Thomas Berry Brazelton III, and her grandchildren.

Services will be held on August 22 at 11:00 am at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Route 6A in Barnstable, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sturgis Library, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Barnstable, or the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 22, 2015

Memories

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M. Alex Geertsma

December 24, 2015

Berry -

I only recently learned of Chrissy's passing. I am so very sorry. She was such a wonderful friend to all of us who passed through the unit and your home. She always expressed such interest and concern about our kids, and we appreciated it greatly.

I hope to be able to make it up to Boston sometime soon. Maybe I can spirit you away for lunch with Mary Anne and me? Have a good Christmas with the family. Best - Alex

September 15, 2015

What a spirit! What a life! We didn't know one another but I knew of Christina as a legend in the Boston art world, an inspiration.

Nan Holmes

September 3, 2015

Dr. B--When Mrs. Brazelton visited Talitha Koum, I was so struck by her beauty and kindness. May your wonderful family and you find peace and comfort as you recall many happy memories.

Daniel Kessler

September 1, 2015

Dear Berry,

Jill and I join the many others who have reached out to you to offer our wishes and support during this trying time. You and Chrissy were so wonderful and welcoming to us during the many years of friendship. Please know that we love you!

Danny and Jill Kessler (Phoenix, Arizona: Fellowship 1980-1983)

Jolene Pearson

August 31, 2015

Dear Berry and family,
It was very special to visit you last summer when you and Chrissy were still living in Cambridge. We were so sad to learn of the loss of your dear wife, mother and grandmother. May all of the wonderful memories of sixty-six years of marriage sustain you in this time of grief and loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Jolene and Keith Pearson

Howard Mandel

August 24, 2015

To all the Brazelton family: I deeply admired Chrissy as your matriarch and have many great memories of her hospitality, intellect, curiosity, skillfulness and warmth. I extend my condolences and I'm so pleased that I came to meet and know her a bit. Howard

Kay Westbrook Whelan

August 22, 2015

Dear Berry and family, How I wish I could be with you at the service to celebrate Chrissie's life. I know your will miss her so dearly and hope that the multitude of wonderful memories will sustain you and give you comfort. My heart is filled with thoughts of you all and I hope some or all of you will be able to come to Texas soon for a reunion of cousins! With much love, Kay Westbrook Whelan

Jennifer AW

August 20, 2015

Tom (III) and family - Reading the guestbook it quickly becomes evident how much respect and love people have for your mom, wife, grandmother, and friend. The memories are what keeps us going and I am hopeful they will continue to glow with the years to come. May peace be with you and always.

Elisa Vele-Tabaddor

August 20, 2015

Dear Berry,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the heartache you and your family are feeling. I remember the first time I met Chrissy in your home in Cambridge. She was so gracious and lovely. She made everyone feel like they were each special and important. I will remember her as a woman of great poise, generosity and spirit. She must have had a lot of the latter to keep up with you for 66 years! My prayers and thoughts are with you. I'm sorry I will be unable to attend the service this weekend. You will be on my mind. With much love and a heavy heart, Elisa

SHEILA B. JOHNSON

August 19, 2015

DEAREST SWEET BERRY, SON, AND DAUGHTERS,
MY HEART IS VERY HEAVY FOR ALL OF YOU. SHE WAS SO KIND TO EXTEND TO ME THE GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP, AND WE SHARED A LOT OF LAUGHS. I WILL ALWAYS BE HONORED TO HAVE BEEN CALLED FRIEND. I WILL KEEP ALL OF YOU IN MY PRAYERS AND IN MY THOUGHTS. I WISH ALL OF YOU MUCH PEACE AND CONSOLATION IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS AHEAD. SHE WAS A GREAT CHARACTER. GOD BLESS ALL THE FAMILY MEMBERS. MUCH LOVE, SHEILA B. JOHNSON

FROM THE FAMILY