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Ellie Thatcher
Ellie Thatcher
Helen brown
Helen Brown
Kristi and I met many years ago when we were both struggling through the Workmans Compensation system maze.  Not exactly a glove fit for either of us and so we each moved on in different directions.  The constant thread between us has been the wonderful friendship that developed between Kyia and Kirk and Peter and Caroline.
It brightens my heart to know that she found her place where her joy, sensitivity and creativity blossomed.  There is no doubt that Kristi left her footprint across the lives of many and she will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
Lawrence Downing
Lawrence Downing

Ann and I are sorry that present circumstances made it too difficult for us to be with you at any point today.  Please know that we are there in spirit, and share your sadness as well as a deep sense of loss with Kristi’s passing.

Surely,it comes as no secret that both Kristi and I have always been exceedingly proud of our two children.  Equally obvious has been our pride in our grandchildren.  But our pride has also extended to their spouses and all of the children and grandchildren that surround them in their extended families.

For me, that pride has been reinforced by the intelligent, determined, caring,sensitive, and compassionate ways in which Kyia and Chris have responded to the very rapid onset of their mother’s ultimately fatal illness, sought the appropriate medical care, and ultimately - with great compassion, assisted her to be able to gently and gracefully pass from this life. 

Just as physical traits are passed through DNA down to our subsequent generations, I believe Kristi’s spirit, unconditional love, and compassion as a mother and as a friend has been passed down to her children, grandchildren, and of those who were blessed to be a part of her extended family and friends – and through them will be passed on to future generations.

I also believe, supported by emotional comments by the Mayo physician who is tasked to provide and assure palliative care and hospice-like services at St.Mary’s Hospital, that the family working in response to Kristi’s spirit and wishes has perhaps permanently altered his and the hospital’s view of what is possible in the way of an appropriate easing of the transition from life when that becomes inevitable.  

It occurred to me in the middle of the night last night, that Kristi always enjoyed the annual Crossing Borders event and welcomed the assistance of family and friends during that trying period.  I have no doubt that she shares with me great appreciation for the assistance of her dear family in making this her ultimate Crossing Borders experience.

With love for you all, and appreciation for all that each of you brought to her life,

Dad




jennifer trowbridge
jennifer trowbridge
While gathering the many beautiful photo's of Kristi that have been posted on her Facebook page, recently and over the years,  I came across this post from Kyia, sent to Kristi on her 75th birthday. So poignant, so right to the core and a material embodiment of not only their very strong and intimate connection,but who Kristi is-with Kyia's permission, I wanted to re-post it here.  

"Happy birthday to my beautiful mother who has spent 75 years encouraging and affirming the best in others while expressing her own fierce creativity and unconditional love. You are a gift to the world! "

This picture was included with the post.  
jennifer trowbridge
jennifer trowbridge
It may seem odd to include a picture of myself on this site, but it was the best way I could think of to convey who my Aunt Kristi was. You see, I was always the kid who got it slightly wrong, I was a bit clumsy, my hair was a bit fuzzy and wonky, I snorted when I laughed, and though I like sports- I had to accept that I had to find the fun without necessarily being very good. Hands up everyone!! (guess which one I am in the picture). My Aunt Kristi though, despite all this, always made me feel like the beautiful, smart, special one...and so loved. The thing is though, this is how she made everyone feel, not just me, and not because she was somehow scheming to boost the self esteem of the entire population, but because she truly saw what was beautiful and special in everyone, and somehow- don't ask me how- like the loaves and the fishes-she had an infinite amount of love to give, which seemed to increase rather than deplete. I am so thankful and very lucky to have gotten to spend time with her, evenings full of cooking wonderful food, laughter, pottery, crosswords, and best of all just long conversations about life. I am so happy that she died surrounded by those she loved, in peace, after having lived such a beautiful, laughter filled, inspiring life that touched so many. I know she isn't really gone, but is in the next phase of whatever all of this is, but selfishly, I will miss her so very much and would give anything for another evening in her company. I love you Kristi. 
Layne Kennedy
Layne Kennedy
Minnesota's North Shore lost a gem last week in the passing of artist Kristi Downing. A gifted artist and teacher, Kristi's spirit reached me the instant I met her. We became pals and I will dearly miss her.

" A ship in harbor is safe-but that is not what ships are for."
John A. Shield 1859-1928

Sail on Kristi. xoxo  layne
Ellie Thatcher
Ellie Thatcher
Helen brown
Helen Brown
Kristi and I met many years ago when we were both struggling through the Workmans Compensation system maze.  Not exactly a glove fit for either of us and so we each moved on in different directions.  The constant thread between us has been the wonderful friendship that developed between Kyia and Kirk and Peter and Caroline.
It brightens my heart to know that she found her place where her joy, sensitivity and creativity blossomed.  There is no doubt that Kristi left her footprint across the lives of many and she will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
jennifer trowbridge
jennifer trowbridge
While gathering the many beautiful photo's of Kristi that have been posted on her Facebook page, recently and over the years,  I came across this post from Kyia, sent to Kristi on her 75th birthday. So poignant, so right to the core and a material embodiment of not only their very strong and intimate connection,but who Kristi is-with Kyia's permission, I wanted to re-post it here.  

"Happy birthday to my beautiful mother who has spent 75 years encouraging and affirming the best in others while expressing her own fierce creativity and unconditional love. You are a gift to the world! "

This picture was included with the post.  
Layne Kennedy
Layne Kennedy
Minnesota's North Shore lost a gem last week in the passing of artist Kristi Downing. A gifted artist and teacher, Kristi's spirit reached me the instant I met her. We became pals and I will dearly miss her.

" A ship in harbor is safe-but that is not what ships are for."
John A. Shield 1859-1928

Sail on Kristi. xoxo  layne
Lawrence Downing
Lawrence Downing

Ann and I are sorry that present circumstances made it too difficult for us to be with you at any point today.  Please know that we are there in spirit, and share your sadness as well as a deep sense of loss with Kristi’s passing.

Surely,it comes as no secret that both Kristi and I have always been exceedingly proud of our two children.  Equally obvious has been our pride in our grandchildren.  But our pride has also extended to their spouses and all of the children and grandchildren that surround them in their extended families.

For me, that pride has been reinforced by the intelligent, determined, caring,sensitive, and compassionate ways in which Kyia and Chris have responded to the very rapid onset of their mother’s ultimately fatal illness, sought the appropriate medical care, and ultimately - with great compassion, assisted her to be able to gently and gracefully pass from this life. 

Just as physical traits are passed through DNA down to our subsequent generations, I believe Kristi’s spirit, unconditional love, and compassion as a mother and as a friend has been passed down to her children, grandchildren, and of those who were blessed to be a part of her extended family and friends – and through them will be passed on to future generations.

I also believe, supported by emotional comments by the Mayo physician who is tasked to provide and assure palliative care and hospice-like services at St.Mary’s Hospital, that the family working in response to Kristi’s spirit and wishes has perhaps permanently altered his and the hospital’s view of what is possible in the way of an appropriate easing of the transition from life when that becomes inevitable.  

It occurred to me in the middle of the night last night, that Kristi always enjoyed the annual Crossing Borders event and welcomed the assistance of family and friends during that trying period.  I have no doubt that she shares with me great appreciation for the assistance of her dear family in making this her ultimate Crossing Borders experience.

With love for you all, and appreciation for all that each of you brought to her life,

Dad




jennifer trowbridge
jennifer trowbridge
It may seem odd to include a picture of myself on this site, but it was the best way I could think of to convey who my Aunt Kristi was. You see, I was always the kid who got it slightly wrong, I was a bit clumsy, my hair was a bit fuzzy and wonky, I snorted when I laughed, and though I like sports- I had to accept that I had to find the fun without necessarily being very good. Hands up everyone!! (guess which one I am in the picture). My Aunt Kristi though, despite all this, always made me feel like the beautiful, smart, special one...and so loved. The thing is though, this is how she made everyone feel, not just me, and not because she was somehow scheming to boost the self esteem of the entire population, but because she truly saw what was beautiful and special in everyone, and somehow- don't ask me how- like the loaves and the fishes-she had an infinite amount of love to give, which seemed to increase rather than deplete. I am so thankful and very lucky to have gotten to spend time with her, evenings full of cooking wonderful food, laughter, pottery, crosswords, and best of all just long conversations about life. I am so happy that she died surrounded by those she loved, in peace, after having lived such a beautiful, laughter filled, inspiring life that touched so many. I know she isn't really gone, but is in the next phase of whatever all of this is, but selfishly, I will miss her so very much and would give anything for another evening in her company. I love you Kristi. 
Ellie Thatcher
Ellie Thatcher
jennifer trowbridge
jennifer trowbridge
While gathering the many beautiful photo's of Kristi that have been posted on her Facebook page, recently and over the years,  I came across this post from Kyia, sent to Kristi on her 75th birthday. So poignant, so right to the core and a material embodiment of not only their very strong and intimate connection,but who Kristi is-with Kyia's permission, I wanted to re-post it here.  

"Happy birthday to my beautiful mother who has spent 75 years encouraging and affirming the best in others while expressing her own fierce creativity and unconditional love. You are a gift to the world! "

This picture was included with the post.  
Helen brown
Helen Brown
Kristi and I met many years ago when we were both struggling through the Workmans Compensation system maze.  Not exactly a glove fit for either of us and so we each moved on in different directions.  The constant thread between us has been the wonderful friendship that developed between Kyia and Kirk and Peter and Caroline.
It brightens my heart to know that she found her place where her joy, sensitivity and creativity blossomed.  There is no doubt that Kristi left her footprint across the lives of many and she will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
jennifer trowbridge
jennifer trowbridge
It may seem odd to include a picture of myself on this site, but it was the best way I could think of to convey who my Aunt Kristi was. You see, I was always the kid who got it slightly wrong, I was a bit clumsy, my hair was a bit fuzzy and wonky, I snorted when I laughed, and though I like sports- I had to accept that I had to find the fun without necessarily being very good. Hands up everyone!! (guess which one I am in the picture). My Aunt Kristi though, despite all this, always made me feel like the beautiful, smart, special one...and so loved. The thing is though, this is how she made everyone feel, not just me, and not because she was somehow scheming to boost the self esteem of the entire population, but because she truly saw what was beautiful and special in everyone, and somehow- don't ask me how- like the loaves and the fishes-she had an infinite amount of love to give, which seemed to increase rather than deplete. I am so thankful and very lucky to have gotten to spend time with her, evenings full of cooking wonderful food, laughter, pottery, crosswords, and best of all just long conversations about life. I am so happy that she died surrounded by those she loved, in peace, after having lived such a beautiful, laughter filled, inspiring life that touched so many. I know she isn't really gone, but is in the next phase of whatever all of this is, but selfishly, I will miss her so very much and would give anything for another evening in her company. I love you Kristi. 
Lawrence Downing
Lawrence Downing

Ann and I are sorry that present circumstances made it too difficult for us to be with you at any point today.  Please know that we are there in spirit, and share your sadness as well as a deep sense of loss with Kristi’s passing.

Surely,it comes as no secret that both Kristi and I have always been exceedingly proud of our two children.  Equally obvious has been our pride in our grandchildren.  But our pride has also extended to their spouses and all of the children and grandchildren that surround them in their extended families.

For me, that pride has been reinforced by the intelligent, determined, caring,sensitive, and compassionate ways in which Kyia and Chris have responded to the very rapid onset of their mother’s ultimately fatal illness, sought the appropriate medical care, and ultimately - with great compassion, assisted her to be able to gently and gracefully pass from this life. 

Just as physical traits are passed through DNA down to our subsequent generations, I believe Kristi’s spirit, unconditional love, and compassion as a mother and as a friend has been passed down to her children, grandchildren, and of those who were blessed to be a part of her extended family and friends – and through them will be passed on to future generations.

I also believe, supported by emotional comments by the Mayo physician who is tasked to provide and assure palliative care and hospice-like services at St.Mary’s Hospital, that the family working in response to Kristi’s spirit and wishes has perhaps permanently altered his and the hospital’s view of what is possible in the way of an appropriate easing of the transition from life when that becomes inevitable.  

It occurred to me in the middle of the night last night, that Kristi always enjoyed the annual Crossing Borders event and welcomed the assistance of family and friends during that trying period.  I have no doubt that she shares with me great appreciation for the assistance of her dear family in making this her ultimate Crossing Borders experience.

With love for you all, and appreciation for all that each of you brought to her life,

Dad




Layne Kennedy
Layne Kennedy
Minnesota's North Shore lost a gem last week in the passing of artist Kristi Downing. A gifted artist and teacher, Kristi's spirit reached me the instant I met her. We became pals and I will dearly miss her.

" A ship in harbor is safe-but that is not what ships are for."
John A. Shield 1859-1928

Sail on Kristi. xoxo  layne