Tuesday, February 22, 2011

OBITUARY: Former Y&R Actress Christopher Templeton Dead at Age 58

Christopher Anne Templeton passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, in San Antonio at the age 58. She was born on February 26, 1952, in Lake Forest, IL to Edmund Owen and Joyce Irene Templeton. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Even though Christopher battled Polio her whole life, she courageously broke through all barriers she faced. She was the first disabled actress to receive many contract roles. She was a supporting actress on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (as Jabot secretary, Carol) for 10 years. She went on to become a successful writer, director, and actress in many movies, independent films, and television productions. Chris' shows included SIMON & SIMON, COLUMBO, and IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT among others.

Because of Christopher’s relentless tenacity, she brought her Grey Forest, TX community together through several successful events. Christopher, along with others, started the Grey Forest Farmer’s Market. She was President of the Grey Forest Studio Art Walk for one term. Because she included a fundraiser for the American Breast Cancer Society during the Walk, it was a banner year for them. She was Vice President and member of the Grey Forest Playground Club. Christopher also initiated Relay of Life events at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Helotes, TX. In the last years of her life, she started a foundation through her business RAWtatoilli which financially aids people in their pursuit of alternative cures to cancer. For more information, visit www.christophertempleton.com. These are among the many gifts that she graciously contributed to her community. Chris herself was a gift!

Christopher is survived by: her brother Edmund Owen Templeton and his wife Karen of Oconomowoc, WI; her sister Hollis I. Templeton of Helotes, TX; her sister Kendall R. Templeton of Oconomowoc, WI; and her brother William T. Templeton of Scottsdale, AZ.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 10 AM at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home. To leave condolenc es for the family and to view a video of Christopher’s life, visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select the Obituaries tab. Chris requested in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Healing Hartwork at www.healinghartwork.org or 2722 Green Range, San Antonio, TX 78231. This organization provides mammograms for women that cannot afford them.

Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne, TX.

View her memorial video here.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We especially loved Y&R's Carol with Terry Lester's Jack. We lost both of them way too young.

1 comment:

  1. It was so shocking to read of Christopher's passing. As a disabled young woman, myself, I was so pleased to see an actual disabled actress on t.v in the 1970's, instead of someone "playing" a disabled person. Christopher was so beautiful inside and out. I was recently wondering where she was and what she was doing now. It sounds like she made the most of life and gave so much to others. My prayers are with her family. What a loss...