Charlyn Dawn Schanafelt, 59

Charlyn Dawn Schanafelt, 59, passed away Jan. 25, 2015. She was born on June 22, 1955, in Toledo, Ohio, to Charles and Ardyce Hutson.  
Char, as her friends liked to call her, grew up in Allegan and graduated from Martin High School.
Char moved to Houston, Texas, and started her family and career. She gave birth to her beautiful daughter Chelsea on Feb. 2, 1989. She graduated from The University of Texas Health Sciences Center in 1994 with a Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing (BSN).
After graduating, Char went to work for St. Luke's hospital in the labor and delivery department before transferring to the IT department.  She would have been with St. Luke's 21 years on March 10, 2015.
Charlyn is survived by her husband Bob Schanafelt; daughter Chelsea Laine Grosskopf; mother Ardyce Hutson; brother Jaye Daryl Hutson (and wife Kim); step-son Robert Darren Schanafelt (and wife Dawn); step-daughter Catherine Diane Ford (and husband Ryan); and granddaughters Madelyn Rachel and Lauren Grace Ford.
She was preceded in death by her father Charles Hutson.  
Char's creative repertoire extended from costuming to photography and everything in between, whether or not she admitted to it. She was modest and humble despite her grand ideas and talent. Char was a brilliant seamstress and loved to sew costumes for her daughter, her friends and her granddaughters. She also loved to travel. Several years ago, she traveled to Italy, fulfilling a lifelong dream. More recently, she traveled with her husband to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Char loved life, her family, her friends and her work associates. Her absence leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.
We Love You Char.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The CJD Foundation, 341 W. 38th St., Ste. 501, New York, NY 10018, www.cjdfoundation.org.
A memorial service will be Sunday Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. at Parkway Fellowship Church, 27043 FM 1093 Road, Richmond, TX 77406
Arrangements are being provided by Katy Funeral Home, 23350 Kingsland Boulevard, Katy, TX 77494.
 

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