Thelma Christine (Chris) Hartley

Hartley PhotoLThelma Christine (Chris) Hartley (89) of Rye, NH passed peacefully into her Savior’s Arms and took her first breath in paradise on Monday, March 2, 2015 in League City, TX. She was predeceased in 2004 by her beloved husband Robert (Bob) Hartley, and daughter Mary in 1959. Chris leaves behind her two sisters, Virginia August of Friendswood, TX, and Claudia Heideman of Friendswood, TX, her sons and daughter-in-laws, Peter & Pamela (Gove) Hartley of League City, TX, Paul & Stephanie (Kanavos) Hartley of Rye, NH and Matthew Hartley also of Rye, NH, her beautiful granddaughters, Regan Hartley, Chelsea Hartley, Gwyneth Hartley and Gracynn Hartley, nieces, Alana Fields, Nancy Lord, Patricia Dillon and Zelda Keckler as well as several great nieces and nephews.
Chris was one of the first women proudly serving in active duty for the US Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant in Germany and Paris during the Korean War from 1952 until 1956. She met and married her husband, Bob in Paris. She was an exemplary clerical employee until her retirement in 1989. She enjoyed spending her winters in Florida and Texas. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. She was a very generous woman who always kind and loving to everyone she met.

A funeral mass is scheduled to take place at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 10th at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 1612 E. Walker Street, League City, TX 77573. Burial with military honors will take place at a later date in Rye, NH.

In lieu of flowers, especially during this season of lent, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to the charity which was especially dear to Chris’s heart; St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148.


  1. Peter, Paul, Matt…..know you are in our prayers and thoughts…..your mom was a special lady that I will always remember…..times at camp and your place in Rye….He is holding you in the palm of His hand at this most trying time….love and hugs…..

    Frances and Louis Lange
  2. Pete, Paul, Matt, Pamela, and all Chris’s loved ones.

    She has crossed over the bridge into the Lords hands. She is waiting on the other side with open arms until we meet again. Our thoughts and Prayers are with all of you. She will be deeply missed.
    Love Gerard and Mary
    Always remember:

    I used to think you passed away,
    I finally know do see.
    That you will always be alive,
    For you are part of me.
    Mary K Gove

    Gerard and Mary (Gove) Brown
  3. Sorry to hear about Chris. She was such a caring loving person who always made you feel special. I have fond memories of coming up to NH with my parents to visit and to play outside with you guys while our parents played cards. Now they can all play together again. Maybe me and my mom Louise can come up if the memorial is when she is here.

    Diane Dufresne
  4. God’s peace be with your family – may He hold you close during this difficult time. I am so very thankful for her service to our great country during the Korean war, what an amazing woman.

    Gail Dorth
    (Friend of Pam, Claudia, and Claudia’s daughter Patty)

    Gail Dorth
  5. So very sorry for your loss – prayer’s for all – she was a very sweet lady (we’ve missed her here).

    Wendy & Eric Youngblood
  6. May God keep you in his loving arms for all of eternity. I am very grateful to have cared for you and to have experienced such a beautiful person inside and out.

    You will be missed, of that I am sure.


    Linda McIntyre

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