Charlotte Louise Bull
Charlotte Louise Bull passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020 in Calico Rock, Arkansas. She was born to Hugh and Lillian (Bradfield) Mason on February 13, 1932 in Galesburg, Illinois. She had an older sister, MaryBelle.
Charlotte grew up in Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska, though her parents considered home to be Carthage, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in Art and English, minors in Drama and Journalism, and a Master’s degree in English Literature.
Charlotte met Frederick William (Bill) Bull in Lincoln when he was stationed there as an officer with the Air Force. When Bill left the service, they moved to Maryland where Bill was an extension agent and Charlotte taught English. They had three girls, Grace Ellen, Barbara Abigail, and Sarah Suzanne. Bill then got a job working as a computer programmer for IBM, moving the family to New York. The family spent summers camping, backpacking, canoeing, and technical rock climbing. Charlotte painted oil landscapes and helped lead the Brownie troop. She also taught art at a local elementary school.
When Bill got transferred to Colorado with IBM, the girls got several horses and learned to ride through 4H. Charlotte was the 4H club leader for many years, helping out numerous young people with their projects. The family moved several times, each time getting more land and adding cattle, goats, and pigs to the family ranch as well as a large garden and raspberry patch. The care of these often fell to Charlotte, but she also found time to sew square dance dresses and clothing for the girls, to teach food preservation to the community, to substitute teach in the schools, and write articles for the newspaper. The family interest in camping also continued, with snowshoeing and trail riding with the horses added into the mix. Charlotte started teaching campfire cooking and wilderness survival at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Conferences in Estes Park. She also wrote articles for “Ranger Rick” magazine on camping with children and several book chapters for the NWF publications on outdoor living.
After Bill was transferred by IBM to Tucson, Arizona, Charlotte’s focus changed to quilts. She was active in the Tucson Quilt Guild and the Arizona State Quilt Guild, serving as editor for both organizations. She also created many quilts.
Bill and Charlotte retired to Cassville, Missouri, purchasing a small farm. They became active in two boating clubs. Charlotte continued with quilting, joining guilds in Springfield, Shell Knob, and Neosho in Missouri, and Rogers and Eureka Springs in Arkansas. She traveled and taught quilting, presenting programs with examples of quilts that she created specifically for the talks. She wrote for quilting magazines and websites and won several contests on designing and making quilt blocks. She was always willing to help out another quilter with fabric or dating their antique quilts.
Charlotte and Bill were always active in their church, wherever they lived. Charlotte taught Sunday School classes and participated in Bible studies. She also created a quilt that represented various themes in the Bible. Teaching was Charlotte’s passion, no matter what the topic. She loved to learn and pass on that information to others. Quilting was the passion that lasted the longest and perhaps had the greatest reach to others.
Charlotte is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Grace Ellen and James DeBacker and Sarah and Allen Catron. Her daughter Barbara preceded her in death leaving her husband Morris Saracino. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren are: Jeremy (Nicole) DeBacker with Rory and Reese, Heather (Kyle) Lyman with Carter and Casen, Angelina (Bryce) Nakatani with Laurence, Jennifer Saracino, Lindy (Justin) Ramsdell with Vanessa, Melody, Cali, and Hayze, Ruby (Rick) Brindley, Emma (Colton) VanOven, Patricia Brindley with Mackenzie and Makayla, and William Brindley. Bill preceded her in death.
The family will have a private memorial next summer. Memorial contributions may be made to your local 4H clubs or your school.
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