She was the loving wife of Robert Gifford for 51 years. Chris was born in Lancaster, Pa, to Robert and Roita Witman, both predeceased.
Chris was a graduate of Manheim Central High School in1968, and Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing in 1971. Chris worked at Osteopathic Hospital, Lancaster General Hospital, Clare Center, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, and Behavioral Healthcare Corporation. Chris was a member of the Church of the Apostles.
She worked as a nurse in various nursing fields — hospital settings and more —including: labor and delivery (even helping to deliver her twin nephews), mental health, substance use disorders, and home health. Chris was a caring, su
Her family was the most important part of her life. She was a generous, loving caregiver, who frequently provided support and care for aging and sick relatives. Chris remembered important milestones and would reach out to ask about your illness, birthday, or upcoming trip. She remembered the family traditions and would cook special meals using favorite recipes.
She was an avid reader, loved cooking and cooking shows, and meeting with her friends. She loved and spoiled her pet birds, dogs, and cats. She took care of the birds and squirrels who came to visit outside her back door.
Chris is survived by her husband, Robert; a daughter, Renee, Brambleton, Va.; a son, Thomas Gifford, husband to Loren, New Cumberland, Pa.; one granddaughter, Asala; a sister, Cindy, wife of Abe Sanchez, Washington Boro, Pa.; and her brothers, Randy Witman, husband to Denise, Lake Suzy, Fl.; and Kevin Witman, husband to Janet, Cochranville, Pa. She is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews and their families.
A private graveside memorial service will be held later at the convenience of the family.