Christine Suzanne Chilton

May 13, 1948November 16, 2013
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Christine (Cris) Chilton, 65, went to be with the Lord on November 16, 2013. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 13, 1948 to Charles & Kathryn Nickell. She moved to Richmond, VA at the age of two. She continued to call Richmond home for 63 years, where she married the love of her life, raised her children, and gave her love and generosity to the community. She is survived by her husband, David Chilton; two children, Brian Chilton & Jana Copeland; a son-in-law, Al Copeland; a daughter-in-law, Alicia Chilton; two grandchildren, Zachary & Elizabeth Chilton; mother, Kathryn Nickell; three siblings, Kathy Herman, Carin Nickell & Charles Nickell, Jr.; two brothers-in-law, Daniel Chilton & Patrick Herman; five nieces, Christie Herman, Stephanie Herman, Amanda Nickell, Arianna Chilton & Samantha Chilton; two nephews, Matthew Herman & Andrew Nickell; as well as countless friends.

Cris was an amazing woman, daughter, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, godmother, friend, teacher, confidant & daughter of God. She was a parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church for 29 years, where she served as a catechist, a Eucharistic minister, and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus. She also believed in the power and value of education. After graduating from Douglas Freeman High School in 1966, Cris attended Stratford College in Danville, VA where she received an Associate of Arts degree. She then attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, receiving her B.A. in Mathematics & Secondary Education. Cris then traded the student desk for a seat behind the teacher’s desk. She taught mathematics at Aurora High School in Aurora, N.C. for a year then returned to Richmond to work for the family business, Central Equipment Company. In 1983 she rejoined the teaching profession as a mathematics teacher at Hermitage High School in the Henrico County Public Schools District. During her 24 years at Hermitage High she made mathematics a priority, interesting, and accessible to thousands of students. However, the students weren’t her only concern. She also cared for her colleagues by serving on multiple committees; including chairing both the Campus Safety Committee and the Security and Crisis Team; by assisting with new computer applications; seeking out and sharing best teaching practices through programs such as High Schools That Work and representing her fellow teachers in organizations like Henrico Education Association, where she served on the Board of Directors, Virginia Education Association & the National Education Association. Cris also continued her own education during these years, receiving her Masters of Education in 1994 from Virginia Commonwealth University.

After retiring from Henrico County Public Schools, Cris kept herself busy and continued giving to the community. She served as president of the Henrico Retired School Personnel Association. She is a member of the mathematics teachers’ sorority, Alpha Delta Kappa, where she served as treasurer. Cris was the internal auditor for Dominion Uniserve (VEA) and a session secretary at the Virginia General Assembly for several delegates. She also gave her time and experience to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Central Virginia, serving as a volunteer educator, organizing teams for the annual walk, raising funds and donating resources. Cris was also a founding member of SLIC (smart ladies investment club), an active participant in Community Bible Study and enjoyed getting together with the ladies in book club. Cris touched so many lives, family & friends. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

The family will receive visitors at Woody Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 5:00 – 8:00pm at the Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd. Richmond, VA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:00am with a reception to follow. Graveside services are private. The family asks that in lieu of flowers; please support The Massey Cancer Center of Richmond, VA. Donations in memory of Christine Chilton can be made online at or mailed to VCU Massey Cancer Center, P.O. Box 843042, Richmond, VA 23284. Condolences may be left at


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 20, 2013
  • A Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Anon Anon

March 8, 2014

I had Ms. Chilton for Math in 2002. I'm so sad to see she passed away. She was a very nice lady and I went back a few years after I graduated to visit her and she remembered me and was so kind to me.

Susan Shepherd

January 9, 2014

I was a student of Mrs. Chilton in 1986. I have always struggled with understanding math. She was one of the only math teachers that I had (high school and college) that helped me to be successful and understand what it was all about. I am now a teacher, and have thought about Mrs. Chilton so many times over the years. My condolences to the family. Know that she touched and enriched many lives through her teaching.

Debbie Firebaugh

November 22, 2013

I had the privilege of working with Cris on the board of the Henrico Retired School Personnel Association. The minute she joined our group she jumped in and took on a job, and within a couple of years she was president! I admired the way she decided to live her life during the last two years - doing what she wanted to do in the organizations to which she devoted her time. We have lost an amazing member of the educational community.

Jennifer Chambers

November 21, 2013

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I enjoyed visiting with Cris while she was at the General Assembly. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.

Rachel Lawrence

November 21, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Cris' passing. I taught with Cris in the math department at Hermitage for 9 years. She truly modeled excellence in teaching. She was intelligent, caring, and oh so funny. She taught me that it was okay to make mistakes, and the best thing to do is to laugh. She will be missed.

Bud Hazelgrove, GM

November 21, 2013

Please accept Woody staff condolences for your loss. You can depend on us to assist you on this journey and we will strive for your complete satisfaction while your loved one is in our care. We believe you deserve nothing less. For these difficult days, we will be honored to have you consider our home and family a part of yours.

November 20, 2013

I first met Cris in 2001 when I attended my first HEA meeting as a new building rep, and she was the HEA President. I recognized then that she was a special lady, and I grew to admire her and respect her greatly over the years. The last time I saw her was at a VEA retirement workshop where she was learning what she might need to do to retire from HCPS. I had lost track of her until recently when I joined the Henrico Retired group and saw that she was president. I had looked forward to reconnecting with her, and then heard last week that she was ill. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was an extraordinary educator dedicated to her students and to the association. I send my deepest condolences to her entire family and all the friends who will miss her smiling presence. ~ Kitty Boitnott, Past President of the Virginia Education Association and friend.

Debbie Lewis

November 20, 2013

Jana, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you and your Mom were really close and you will deeply miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help! May you find peace in your faith!

Claire Gardner

November 20, 2013

We are so sorry to hear for Cris' passing. She was a wonderful secretary for me and Delegate Marshall during last year's General Assembly Session. She was such an amazingly kind and inspirational person. She will be sincerely missed. We pray for the peace of the Lord as you go through this difficult time.

Diane (Brinkley) Grady

November 20, 2013

I am so sorry to hear this news. My condolences to the Chilton family. May you all find peace.