Baker City, 1953-2019
Christy Anne Andrews, 66, of Baker City, died peacefully on Jan. 25, 2019, at Vale.
A celebration of her life and potluck will take place Saturday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane.
Born on Jan. 23, 1953, Christy grew up amongst some of the finest beauty Southern California had to offer. Whether it be on the beach sunbathing beside the churning Pacific Ocean, riding a Harley Davidson up and down the Pacific Coast Highway, or camping under the stars in Death Valley, she led an adventurous life.
In 1993 she relocated to Baker City, where she raised sheep, gardened, hiked, fished, and camped at every opportunity. Christy never became accustomed to the harsh Eastern Oregon winters, but once spring emerged, she could be found on the banks of Olive Lake almost every weekend, taking in the peace and solitude of the mountains until the snow forced her back indoors to “hibernate.”
Christy always said her crowning achievement in life was her three daughters, taking great pride in their respective accomplishments, and above all, the gift of her grandchildren. She refused to slow down until illness overtook her body, and even then, she never lost her sense of humor or her desire to watch a Seahawks game.
Christy is survived by her daughters, Jessie (Brian) Dennen of Charlotte, North Carolina, Anne Phillips of Derby, Kansas, and Dusty Wendt of North Powder; her sister, Saralee (Charles) Caldwell of Florence; her cousin, Cathryn (Norman) Smyers of Missoula, Montana; her six grandchildren, Morgan, Rylie, Brayden, Khyla, Lucy and Tavi; her partner of 25 years, John Gabiola of Baker City; and her beloved Jack Russell terrier, Scout.
Christy was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Luella Murma; and her son-in-law, Casey Wendt.