Like so many in Pleasanton, I knew Chris and was at her funeral in the packed sanctuary at Trinity Lutheran Church a few days after Christmas. Many well-known business, school, nonprofit organization and political leaders filled the pews. Chris had battled brain cancer for 18 months before her death, but only a few weeks before that had turned over the association management company that she owned and left to Kimberly to operate. A business that served homeowners associations, Chris prided herself on providing entry-level jobs and training for young women as well as older women who were returning to the workforce after raising their families.
"Chris was probably one of the most compassionate, caring and fun-loving individuals in our community," said her close friend and City Councilwoman Cindy McGovern. "She was involved in activities at Walnut Grove Elementary School, with parent groups, and at one time was on the board of the PPIE (Pleasanton Partnerships in Education) Foundation." Another friend, Kay Huff, said Chris was also part of the "race track girls," a group of women who participate each year in Huff's special Ladies Day at the Races during the county fair. She was also active in scores of social and charity events in Pleasanton.
Son Sam said the family moved to Pleasanton in 1979 and that his mother started the association management business in the early 1990s. Through that organization, she knew members of homeowners associations throughout Pleasanton and joined them often for their regular business meetings and at social functions. In the end, it was amazing to see such a large number of friends who became a daily support group for Chris in her final months.
Those at last Saturday night's birthday celebration said that what made Christine Amick Schlytter so special is that she included everybody in her life, was someone to turn to if there was ever a problem and was a spirited optimist who loved her job, the people she served and the community. For her children who attended Walnut Grove Elementary, Harvest Park and Amador Valley High schools, she was just as involved in classroom, sports and extracurricular programs, always there to raise money and support academic and social fundraisers. Kelly summed up the thoughts of family and friends: "My mother was a central part of all of our lives and we're grateful we had her as long as we did."