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Charlotte Christine â€śChrisâ€ť Paulus, 62, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:16 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at her residence. Born on April 7, 1951, in Huntington, she was the daughter of William Charles Kelsey and Vivian Charlotte (Bodey) Stotts.
Charlotte grew up in Huntington and moved to Whitley County in 1967. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1970. Chris attended the Practical Nursing Program with the Class of 1977, receiving her LPN., and later received an associate degree in applied science-nursing and obtained her RN in 1991.
On Jan. 23, 1971, she married Lawrence Bernarr Paulus at Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church. She worked as a L.P.N.C. at Whitley Memorial Hospital for 14 years, a registered nurse since 1992 for House Call Home Health Care, Heartland Hospice from June 1998 to 2003 and from 2003 to 2009, and she has worked for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home serving the Fort Wayne and surrounding counties. Cancer treatment put her into retirement, yet Chris continued to volunteer for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home during that time. She is a member of Columbia City United Methodist Church where she served as a preschool board member, a former Sunday School teacher and a Tabatha Circle member of United Methodist women. She is a member of the Columbia City American Legion Post #98 Auxiliary. She served on the Community Christmas Committee.
Surviving relatives include her husband, Lawrence Bernarr Paulus of Columbia City; sons, William Daniel (Arlinda) Paulus of Columbia City and Nicholas Andrew (Desiree) Paulus of Fort Wayne; father, William Charles (Sue) Kelsey of Huntington; mother, Vivian Charlotte (Bodey) Stotts of Columbia City; brothers, Charles L. (Vicki) Kelsey of North Manchester and Cary Dean (Betty) Kelsey of Elkhart; sisters, Mary Susan (Dan) Riccius of North Manchester, Shirley M. (Charles) Fox of Indianapolis, Sharon Kay Lee of Fort Wayne and Amy Lou (Bob) Blake of Vincennes; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Allen Kelsey and sister, Viola V. Moore.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 2 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday May 3 at Columbia City United Methodist Church, 605 N. Forest Parkway, with calling one hour prior to service. Pastor David Arnold will officiate. Burial will follow at Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorial gifts may be given in memory of Mrs. Paulus to Columbia City United Methodist Church or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.