Christine
Christine Meyers Jameson November 9, 1929 - July 21, 2011 A life dedicated to voluntary art museum work and her beloved family Born Mary Christine Meyers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chris spent most of her early life near Philadelphia and attended Friends Central School. She majored in English Literature at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania where she met her husband, Bill, and they married in the Merion Friends Meeting, Pennsylvania. Bill's work with the Bethlehem Steel Company took them to Annapolis, Maryland, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and then Palos Verdes Estates, California in 1954. They moved to Pottstown, Pennsylvania in 1963, soon after which Chris had her first experience as a docent at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Delaware. Chris and Bill later returned to California and in 1979 Chris became a Docent for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her involvement with the Docent Council has given her a rich and stimulating voluntary career, and an introduction to some of her closest friends. An inquisitive and thorough researcher, she had a talent for inspiring young and old, experts and novices, with her ability to make objects come alive within their historical context. A Docent Emeritus, Chris toured a wide range of exhibitions and developed a special expertise in Islamic Art. Chris and Bill enjoyed many years of off-road driving down canyons across the deserts of the South West viewing geological formations, historical sites and rock collecting. Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Park, and Anza Borrego State Park were particular favorites. Chris was an exceptionally talented homemaker and artist, skilled at pen and ink drawing, photography, knitting, sewing and other crafts, an inventive cook and gardener of exotic plants. She was a voracious reader with a love of poetry, noted for her speed and range of material from science fiction and historical romance to erudite non-fiction. Loving, kind and humorous (including bad puns!), Chris will be remembered for offering an intelligent, compassionate perspective and for her devotion to her family in whom she instilled a lifelong passion for language and learning, humor, love and family. In good health up to the time of her sudden, recent illness, she died on Thursday July 21, 2011 due to complications from pneumonia. Chris is survived by her husband of more than 61 years, Bill; son Bill and his wife Darlene; daughter Pat; and son Bob and his wife Michele; grandchildren Peter, John, Paul, Marie, James and Christina; and great grandchildren Phoenix and Anna. A Memorial Service to celebrate Chris's life will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Wednesday July 27, 2011 at 2pm. Additional parking is available across the street from the mortuary in the "old" Daily Breeze Building lot on the north side of Torrance Boulevard. In lieu of flowers please send donations in Chris's honor to your favorite charity or to the LACMA Docent Council Bus Fund which helps to bring children to experience the joys and wonders within the museum, c/o Docent Council Bus Fund, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. Please use this website to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services. Check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. Thank you to the whole Jameson family for all that Chris has contributed to the LACMA Docent Council. I know that once one member of a family becomes a docent, everyone is involved. Chris was a wonderful example to us all and we will try to follow the example she set for us and we look forward to seing Bill at LACMA again soon. with love from, Fiona

  2. When I think of Chris, I remember her soft, kind, lovely persona. She was always willing to help. Along with her docent friends I will miss her.

  3. I will always remember Chris’ gentle and compassionate manner and her good sense of humor. All of us who knew her will miss her. Donna Gottlieb

  4. I did not know Mrs. Jameson. I met her once when I followed her Islamic Art Tour. Her knowledge and deep interest in Islamic Art was obvious and help me decide to, one day, tour Islamic Art as well. I am very sorry that she is gone and present my deepest condolences to her family.

  5. I remember with fondness Chris taking large groups to view the Islamic art on the 4th floor of The Ahmanson. I learned a lot from her– both her intellectual approach and her gentle loving way she presented the concepts to her groups. She will certainly be missed by all her friends at LACMA. Many blessing to her family she so dearly loved Linda Jayne

  6. We all will miss Chris. She was a wonderful docent who shared her knowledge with us, her docent colleagues, and, more importantly, with the public. I knew her best when I scheduled her tours. She was always responsive and would help out wherever she could. I send my condolences to her family in this time of sadness.

  7. Chris was my mentor when I started touring Islamic Art. We also toured the Ardabil Carpet when it was on display. She was very generous with her time and expertise. She was a lovely,lovely lady. I shall miss her. Gloria Garfinkel

  8. It was my pleasure to have known Chris and to have had the opportunity to evaluate her Islamic tour this year. She was erudite, welcoming and carefully explained her subject. She will be missed by her fellow LACMA docents. I hope her family will be comforted by their many memories of this vibrant person. Joan Schrier

  9. Chris was a dedicated docent and dear friend in the Docent Council. I treasure my time with her and her annual hand-drawn Christmas cards. She was a generous person who was always willling to help when needed. Over the 31 years she served as a Docent, she provided art education in a variety of subjects to hundreds of students and adults. She will be greatly missed.

  10. As her niece, I remember her intelligence was balanced with heartfelt caring….while answering questions about Welsh Terriers, art, gerbils, plants, books and anything else you wanted to talk about. Her helpful smile and cute distinctive voice will be missed. Sorry the miles between us prevented us from having more time together.

  11. The Docent Council has enriched my life in many ways, and one of those ways was allowing me to get to know Chris. She was fun to be with, always good-natured and caring, with wide-ranging interests and knowledge. Our Palos Verdes lunches, which she was instrumental in organizing, will not be the same; we’ll mourn her absence each time we meet. Herb joins me in offering our heartfelt condolences to Bill and the family. Liz Sussman

  12. Intelleigent, kind, interested and interesting, generous with her knowledge and her time. That was the Chris Jameson I came to know as a docent. I will miss her greatly. Ellie Baril

  13. My deepest feelings of sympathy go out to Bill and the family. I was so saddened to learn of Chris’ passing. She was so full of cheer, so warm and bright, so enthusiastic at everything she did and she did everything well. I will miss seeing Bill and Chris at LACMA and dozens of visitors at LACMA will miss her too, though they may not know it.

  14. Chris was a lovely friend and docent colleague whose warmth, empathy, and gentle ways emanated from her big generous heart. She brought to the museum fellow docents unable to drive themselves. Her public tours were infused with a love of the decorative arts that her audiences enjoyed. I will always remember her with fondness.

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