Christina Pultz Alter, 99, of Fort Smith, died February 23, 2011 in Fort Smith. She was born August 15, 1911 in Hale, Missouri to Charles William Decatur and Emma C. Eaton Pultz. She was a graduate of Truman University in Kirksville, Missouri and the University of Arkansas, College of Education. She also attended the University of the Ozarks where she declared it to be the happiest years of her life. She was a teacher in both Darby Junior High teaching Geography, and Ramsey Junior High teaching English and Reading, serving from 1954 to 1977 in the Fort Smith Public School System. During her vast teaching career she was known for her many achievements but none more than her famous "Poem of Presidents", this poem was started by her mother and handed down to Christina. She gladly carried on the poems tradition using the names of every President of the United States and even after retiring she made sure it was up to date, including President Obama. This poem has become the legacy of this devoted Fort Smith Teacher. She was a member the Roundtable Poets of Arkansas and recently published a collection of Children's Poems, "From God with Love." Christina loved to travel and spent much of her time traveling with colleagues from Kent State University. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, she had served as teacher of the Seekers Sunday School Class, was active with the Pacesetters, the United Methodist Women's Circle and other church activities.
The Funeral Service Celebrating her life will be Monday, February 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM in the Roebuck Chapel of First United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Oak Cemetery all under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
She is survived by her dear friend and caregiver Linda Paz of Fort Smith, and a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and many close and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Alter.
Honorary pallbearers will be both the Seekers Sunday School Class and members of the Pacesetters.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church 200 North 15th Fort Smith, AR. 72901
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