Cristen was born at 2:05pm on March 21, 1980. It was a chilly afternoon in Vicksburg, MS. She was a quiet and sweet baby from the minute she came into this world. Cristen had a calming effect on whoever held her. Her sweet demeanor and adorable face could always charm the hardest hearts. Ever-determined, she wanted to do everything herself—a trait Cristen embodied her whole life. As a perfectionist, she never thought she was good enough (but we all know that she was always beyond the best at everything she put her heart into).
Cristen attended school at the Little Red School House in Saint Peters Village, PA for pre-school; her kindergarten and first grade were in Carver Elementary in Wendell, NC. Cristen’s first, second and third grades were spent in the Delta, PA at Peachbottom Elementary. She attended 4th grade at Harriman Elementary in Harriman, TN, and she attended 5th grade at Austell Elementary in Austell, GA. Cristen’s middle school days were spent at Garrett Middle School in Austell, GA. She attended most of high school at South Cobb (with a short time in Maryville, TN), but finally graduated from South Cobb.
Cristen did many things throughout her life, but her love for the film industry came so naturally to her. Cristen was an award-winning costume designer and producer. In her film career she worked with and designed costumes for horror icons Kane Hodder, Erin Brown, Academy Award nominated actor Eric Roberts, and scream queen Linnea Quigley. She was an actress in Playtime’s over, and most recently she began producing. Her first film production will premiere next year.
Her style was very unique, very “punk,” and very much hers. She custom made everything and was always able to infuse her style. Cristen was very active in the Atlanta film community and was loved unconditionally by everyone she worked with.
The part of Cristen’s life that was the most important to her was her boys. Broderick (Brody) age 23, Jack age 19, Goodwin (Goody) age 9, and Oliver age 6 will carry her with them forever. Being the best mom in the world came easy to her, but she still stressed, worried, and wondered if she did enough. Cristen often wondered, could she ever do enough to ensure their happiness? Did her boys have all they need? She always did her very best. She even mothered her family and friends—even her own mom!
Cristen was a beautiful woman, and she was even more beautiful inside—in her heart. Always fair. Always balanced. Always loving. She was a remarkably rare person. She made friends that lasted a lifetime, and they all saw how special she was. They saw how she helped them to be better people and how she added to their lives by being one of the best part of theirs.
Cristen made those around her feel loved. She made them feel important. In one of her last posts she said:
“I love all of you and I appreciate your continued outpouring of care and help and love. I wish I could list you all individually but there are far too many. You have all shown me that love exists and takes many forms. I hope I was able to return it. Please pray for miracles and join me on this last piece of my journey.”
Rest in peace, Cristen. You were able to return all of that love and more.
There will be a public viewing at Jones-Wynn Funeral Home in Douglasville on Sunday, December 18th from 2-5PM.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.jones-wynn.com. Jones-Wynn Funeral Home & Crematory of Douglasville is in charge of the arrangements. 770-942-2311