With grace and courage, Cynthia Ann Christian passed away on November 4, 2019, at the age of 64.
Born in Boise, Idaho, on April 21, 1955, to loving parents Gordon and Patricia Haustveit, Cyndi was one of eight children. As the eldest daughter, she learned at the side of her mother to be a helper, and her family and friends were all blessed by her kindness and hospitality. Cyndi rarely brought just one pie to a family function ~ preferring to make a dozen so that everyone could savor their favorite. Cyndi spent her whole life in Boise, attending school and church, exploring beautiful places, fishing in cold lakes, visiting the family cabin in McCall, and most importantly making a home for her family.
From a previous marriage, Cyndi had two daughters, Anna Vine O’Connell and Alaina Ruth Munden. In 1999, she married Mitch Christian and had a son, Colton Aric Christian, as well as gaining two stepsons, Luke and Chad Christian.
Anna and Alaina remember her can-do attitude and unfailing optimism. She planted large gardens, canned the bounty, coached softball teams, and led troops of Girl Scouts through the woods. The lessons they learned from her are immeasurable. They learned how to be women, and they will miss her laughter daily. Cyndi was Colton’s biggest fan and never wavered in her love and devotion to her son. Her love for him ran deep, and she was so incredibly proud of all he’s accomplished. Mitch found Cyndi to be a true partner and fountain of support. They had hundreds of adventures together and not nearly enough time.
Cyndi was preceded in death by her parents and her younger brother Ron Haustveit. She is survived by siblings Rick (Chris) Haustveit, John (Kristi) Haustveit, Patty (Randy) Jennings, Debbie (Curtis) Wiker, Mark (Wendi) Haustveit, and Nancy (Tracy) Tuck. She left behind her husband and soulmate Mitch Christian, daughters Anna (Peter) Vine O’Connell, Alaina (Jason) Munden, Colton Christian, Luke Christian, Chad Christian, and her daughter-in-law Amy Christian. Grammie Gram will be missed terribly by her grandchildren Keira Smothermon, Odin Vine O’Connell, Finn Vine O’Connell, and Avery Christian. It was a right of passage as a pre-teen to see when you had grown taller than Aunt Cyndi. Her nieces and nephews and their children will all miss this family tradition.
Her family would like to thank the caring staff at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise for their excellent care and specifically Dr. Christian Hamlet who walked us through a difficult time with sensitivity and professionalism. The palliative care team eased our hearts and helped us all to see clearly, and we are grateful for their skills. The Wound Center team at St. Luke’s deserves praise and deep thanks for the many ways they helped Cyndi in the last few years of her life. Additionally, many physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and angelic nurses helped to manage Cyndi’s illness and care, and we are forever thankful for your help. Cyndi spent her last weeks at Orchards of Cascadia in Nampa. The staff made our family feel at home, and although it was a painful time for us all, it was made easier because we trusted them to keep her comfortable, safe, and valued.
Cyndi wasn’t ready to leave us in spirit, but her body was ready for rest. In her last three years, she faced extreme medical challenges. It’s unsurprising but important to note that nearly everyone she met commented on her fierce determination and her perseverance. Despite incredible pain, slim odds, multiple surgeries, and a few lousy curve balls, she kept fighting. It takes an incredible amount of spiritual and emotional strength to keep going in the face of such obstacles, and she often did it with a joke, while crocheting a new friend a baby blanket. There were hard times, but we know she would want us to focus on the strength of family, the joy in simple pleasures, and in the faith of a higher purpose. We are comforted that she is free of pain and that she is reunited with her parents, grandparents, and brother Ron. We know that she is always with us in spirit, ready to offer hospitality and love.