Charlotte was born in Rutherford, N.J., in 1921, the 10th of 11 children. Her family moved to a farm in upstate New York, near Franklin, where she spent her teen years. After high school graduation, she spent two years at a state college in Albany, N.Y. She realized that a teaching career wasn’t for her and she entered nurses training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. In her senior year of nursing school, 1943, she married Bill, her high school sweetheart, before he was sent to Europe with the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Charlotte and Bill had three children right in a row in the late 1940’s. Because of her husband’s job as an air traffic controller, they moved many times. Charlotte worked as a registered nurse while raising the children. She would get a job at the local hospital at every location they moved to. She was usually promoted to head nurse or supervisor; she liked labor and delivery best. She delivered a lot of babies when she worked nights at a small hospital in upstate New York where she the doctors never made it in for the deliveries! She spent 30 happy years in nursing. She was a happy person! In fact, her nickname in nursing school was “Happy.”
She and Bill retired and they became Wagon Masters for a caravan company, taking R.V. groups to Mexico and Alaska before settling in southern Colorado in the Sangre de Christo Mountains near the Arkansas River where they fished. She found her next career as a volunteer at Loaves & Fishes and Toys for Tots, and was named Volunteer of the Year at Canon City.
After Bill’s death in 1992, she moved to Castle Rock, Colo., to be near her older son and family. She was very active at the Senior Center there.
In 2007, she moved to Billings to be closer to her daughter, choosing St. John’s Assisted Living at Chapel Court and was, in her words, “most happy there.” She continued her purposeful, energetic life there. She was fully engaged with activities like feeding babies in the nursery, gardening, walking and socializing with the other residents; welcoming the newcomers, offering support to her peers, and sharing God’s love as a healing presence. She passed away peacefully in her sleep with her youngest son at her side.
She is survived by her sister, Viginia; three children, Edward (Wendie) Batterson, Kathleen B. Masis M.D., Richard (Easy) Batterson; and four grandchildren, Shayne Batterson, Cayce (Staci) Batterson, J. Pablo Masis, Carlos Masis; and her extended family at St. John’s.
Memorial service will be at Chapel Court, St. John’s at 3940 Rimrock Road, at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Ministries and to Angela’s piazza.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”