Obituary for Christine Oliver (1949 – 2022) – Salt Lake City, UT

Christine R. Woolf Oliver

1949 – 2022

– On Saturday, April 2, 2022, Chris passed away in Salt Lake City from a massive stroke. He was only 72 years old. In life, Chris was a fun-loving free spirit. He loved fun in all its forms, from dance and music, concerts and movies, to entertainment in almost any form. He loved the society of those around her and formed friendships that lasted his entire life. Chris had a twin sister. Like many twins who set her apart from everyone else, but didn’t define her life.

Chris and his twin sister Cynthia were born on their older sister Hollie’s second birthday, which made three birthdays on the same day extra special. They grew up in a loving family that took in their brothers Stewart Clancy and James Woolf in the years that followed. Summers were spent with the family traveling out west. From the time she entered elementary school with her twin sister, she formed long-lasting friendships with those around her, but because the two looked so much alike and dressed the same, most of her classmates couldn’t tell them apart. and referred to them simply as “the twins.”

After graduating from high school, the twins landed summer jobs in Yellowstone, Canyon Village, and discovered a world beyond Utah. They joined other recent graduates from across the US who were working part-time and experiencing life away from their parents for the first time. Chris was a rock star. She was a cook and her twin was a dishwasher. In their free time, they played in the hot springs, watched bears at the dump, and hitchhiked to Jackson Hole for fun.

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When the summer ended, Chris married Larry Glad and they began their life apart. She and Larry joined the Jeep Club and shared adventures with their friends. Together they were avid tennis players and played mixed doubles frequently. Chris was the second twin born on her older sister’s second birthday, but she married first and gave her parents her first granddaughter, Courtney.

Chris loved to socialize. Sometimes concerts: Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Bee Gees, Bob Dylan, Prince, Cyndi Lauper. Sometimes dancing in clubs or just having lunch with the girls. The society of others was an important part of who Chris was. And Chris loved seeing celebrities. She and her sister once followed Robert Redford while he was taking a ski lesson to the point of embarrassing him. She waited hours after concerts to get autographs, even though the celebrity didn’t actually sign their own names. Barry Gibb was “Shirley Temple” Maurice was “Santa Claus.”

Chris and Larry’s marriage ended and Larry died soon after, leaving Chris to raise their daughter Courtney as a single parent. Chris returned to her previous job as a banker and raised her daughter Courtney.

As Courtney grew older, they enjoyed going on vacations together to Disneyland and Hawaii. They enjoyed camping with their extended family. Chris and Courtney were the best of friends and Chris made sure that his daughter was always well taken care of. They enjoyed each other’s company in many things: shopping, crafts, gardening, and painting.

Chris loved his grandchildren Byron and Alexandria. She would stay involved in her lives by volunteering in her classrooms and often picking them up from school. The grandchildren spent many happy weekends with their grandmother in the family cabin. They enjoyed rides with her in her ATV and hikes in the hills with her dog Max. She taught her grandchildren her good manners and to appreciate life to the fullest.

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Chris gave Philip Saxton permission to ask for Courtney’s hand in marriage and was very excited to see Courtney marry Philip. She loved her children as well as her own grandchildren. She would spend many happy weekends at her house. Together, the family spent time gardening, doing art projects, watching movies, and sharing lots of laughs. They were able to take family vacations together, return to Yellowstone, and visit Canyon Village again.

Chris had relationships with his friends throughout his life. Chris was also an animal lover. He loved and raised his pets Pasha, Cabby, Babe, Max and Coco. She was a talented artist and enjoyed taking art classes at the Hobby Lobby. Chris loved helping others and he volunteered at The Road Home. He loved his co-workers at the Utah Museum of Natural History and felt that it was his second home. Much more than a job.

The lessons she taught throughout her life will live on, but she will be missed by all who knew her. We love you to the moon and back grandma.

Chris was born the second/third child of Milton F. Woolf and Virginia Woolf on November 22, 1949 and passed away on April 2, 2022. She is survived by her daughter Courtney and husband Philip Saxton; his grandchildren Byron Johnson, Alexandria Glad-Johnson, Katheryn Saxton and Jaiah Saxton; his sister Holly Bruerton and her twin sister Cynthia (James) McIntyre and his brothers James Woolf and Clancy Woolf; nephews Jack McIntyre, Thomas Bruerton; Nieces Carolyn McIntyre, Molly McIntyre, Ashley (Chris) Ingham, and Amanda (Alberto) Berea. He was preceded in death by his mother and his father.

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Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2022, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City. Funeral services will be Monday, April 11, 2022 at 11:00 am at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 10600 South 1950 East. Guests can call the family one hour before the service. Burial to follow in the cemetery. A reception will be held after the burial at Le Jardin until 3:00 p.m. For those unable to attend the service, the family invites you to join via Zoom at A free Zoom account is required and you will need to sign in to join the meeting.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Chris’s charities: KRCL, The Humane Society of Utah, The Natural History Museum of Utah, or The Road Home.

Obituary for Christine Oliver (1949 - 2022) - Salt Lake City, UT larkin

Posted by Deseret News April 6-7, 2022.