Charlotte Christine "Chris" Paulus, age 62, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 11:16 a.m. on Saturday April 27,2013, at her residence. Born on April 7, 1951 in Huntington, IN 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, Class of 1977, receiving her LPN., and later received an Associate Degree in Applied Science - Nursing obtaining her RN in 1991. On January 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, Columbia City for 14 years; a registered nurse since 1992 for House Call Home Health Care; Heartland Hospice from June 1998-2003 and from 2003 - 2009, 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 pre-school 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.
Survivors 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, 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, Amy Lou (Bob) Blake of Vincennes; 4 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Allen Kelsey; sister, Viola V. Moore.
Visitation will be held on Thursday May 2, 2013, from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday May 3, 2013 at Columbia City United Methodist Church, 605 N. Forest Parkway, with calling one hour prior to service. Pastor David Arnold officiating. 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.