Heather Hill Chrisman
Heather Hill Chrisman passed away Friday, March 5, 2021 peacefully in her home surrounded by family.
Heather was born in Boise, Idaho to Kenneth and Margaret Hill. The oldest of three children, she adored her brothers, Brian and Greg. Her family moved to Weiser, Idaho when she was 6 years old, then back to Boise. She graduated from Boise High, then attended the University of Idaho where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and graduated with majors in English and History. After graduation she taught junior high English in Monterey, Calif., before marrying her college sweetheart, Dick Chrisman, in 1963.
They found their home in Lake Oswego, Ore., in 1970 where they would raise three sons, Ed, Ken and Matt. Heather and Dick opened Chrisman Picture Frame & Gallery in 1974. The store grew to eight locations and is a thriving local business run by her son, Ed.
Family and friends were very important to Heather. She loved her sons and their families, and as they all live in the Portland area was able to see them regularly. She particularly loved family gatherings and celebrations with her many different groups of friends. Heather was adored by her friends and the feeling was mutual.
Heather was very active in the Lake Oswego community. She served on many Boards, including the Chamber of Commerce and the LO Preservation Society. She was also President of the Women's Coalition. In 1990 Heather was elected to Lake Oswego City Council where she served two terms. In 1999, Heather, along with several friends, founded the Willamette Women's Democrats where she served as the first president. Heather was also invested in the arts community in Lake Oswego and volunteered with the Arts Council, the Lakewood Center for Performing Arts and LO Reads. Heather took pride in her community and will be considered a great patron.
In her free time, Heather and Dick enjoyed traveling and visited many countries in Europe, as well as Turkey and Mexico. Many of their travels were centered around their common interest in arts and culture. Heather enjoyed cooking and entertaining and loved to be surrounded by people.
Heather is survived by her beloved husband and best friend, Dick; their sons and families, Ed and Jeanni and their children Canon and Van, Ken and Jodie and their daughter Hailey, Matt and Kate and their children Ayslin, Kellen and Ethan. She is also survived by her brothers, Brian and Greg and their families and many friends.
In honor of Heather's service to her community, a donation fund in her name has been created by The Lake Oswego Preservation Society, in collaboration with The Lake Oswego Arts Foundation. Proceeds from the fund will be used to create a permanent art installment to be incorporated into the native garden she helped establish at the City's Historic Iron Workers Cottage. All donations are tax deductible. LakeOswegopreservationsociety.org/Heather Please consider donating to this fund in lieu of flowers or other gifts.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Heather in July.