OBITUARY

Helen "Chris" Unruh

March 10, 1928March 1, 2021

Helen Christina Unruh was born on March 10, 1928, to Ancel B. and Elsie Isabel (Price) Orr in Belmont, Ohio.

In 1951 Chris graduated from Muskingum College, where she met her lifelong friends, Bill Braucher and Bettye (Hill) Braucher.

After graduating from Muskingum, Chris Orr happened to come to Tucson with three friends. There she attended a dance at Trinity Presbyterian Church’s Young Couple’s group, where she met a handsome, smiling young man with a twinkle in his eye. Chris and Martin Unruh married in November of 1957.

Chris Unruh had a wonderful sense of humor and love of people. She shared her appreciation of books and learning with children at Wrightstown Elementary School and Davidson Elementary School, first as a classroom teacher and later as a librarian.

Chris had a special love for the Sonoran Desert’s plants and animals. She and Martin enjoyed the wonderful views around their home. They took frequent walks to find the interesting stories that emerged in their desert backyard.

For many years Chris authored a nature column, “Below the Ridge” in the Oro Valley Voice. Later she published a compilation of her stories, musings and research in a book, Our Desert Backyard, which included illustrations by her close friend, Bettye Hill Braucher.

Chris and Martin enjoyed trips to faraway places such as England, Germany, Hawaii, Austria, and Canada. Some memorable trips included their dear friends Frank and Diana Dawley.

In Chris’s final days her niece, Marcy Berger, provided invaluable assistance and loving support along with Casa de la Luz Hospice. Chris Unruh is predeceased by her beloved husband of 58 years, Martin J. Unruh, and her brothers Wilmer Orr and Paul Orr. She is survived by her sisters-in-law Margaret Hoffmann and Beverly Orr, and many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to their church, Casas Adobes Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 6801 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704, or to Casa de la Luz, 7740 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021

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  • Scattering

    Friday, April 16, 2021

Memories

Helen "Chris" Unruh

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Betsy Orr Mejia

April 16, 2021

Aunt Chris and Uncle Martin's visit to Ohio were a highlight of my childhood. Of course, they brought gifts with them, but my recollection of them was their kindness, humor and affections. They were so endearing and I enjoyed their attentive moments. Aunt Chris shared her love of literature and wit. Her mild nature was punctuated every now and then with an excited reaction. And she always had some wise insight in matters that concerned me; never dismissing me as a child. My hopes are that all who will miss her are comforted and have peace. Surely there are many joy-filled memories to fill your hearts.

Alicia Barnes

April 14, 2021

The friends and family of Mrs. Helen "Chirs" Unruh have been a pleasure to work with. My deepest condolence's to all that have had the honor to share the light and joy of this amazing talented woman. On behalf of Funeraria Del Angel; University we thank you for embracing the life of Helen "Chris" Unruh.

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