In Memorium: Christiana Park-Markert

Christiana was with me the day that I painted this young student

Christiana was with me the day that I painted this young student

Christiana and I ran into each other on one spring morning.  I told her what I was up to, and she decided to drive me to JPsJava to paint.  She had just bought a pristene white Mercedes at a thrift store (the truth), and was happy to drive me over there.  Anyone that knew Christiana loved her way of finding a bargain.  It was a clear spring day with a fast clip to the air.  The students were in finals, so the coffee house was packed.  We found a table, and I quickly painted this young,  college student.  She brought along one of her brother’s sketchbook journals from the 70’s, and we went through it together, page by page.  It is a beautiful memory.

I had deleted this post after over a hundred viewings, since I realized  that  people were coming over thinking this was a newsite.  I received a comment from a reader who knew Christiana, and requested that I put the post back (see comment on Pacha post below).

I have reopened the comment section so that those who wish, may leave their personal stories about Christiana here.  I keep getting many views on Christiana’s memorium, so my gutt is telling me that many of you have something to say.  I cannot tell you how much she has changed my world-view; it would take its own blog.  Let’s just say, that “here’s the thing”…


  1. Michelle Moore
    Posted January 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    It’s true. She really did get that car at a thrift store. Christiana could find anything at a thrift store. Weeks after telling her that I loved looking at pictures of fractals, she brought me a black tank top that she found in some thrift store, printed with wildly colored fractals on the front. It’s very cool and I will always think of her when I wear it. I wonder if she had any idea how much she will be missed.

    I am so very sad…

    • Posted January 6, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Michelle.

      Thank you for asking me to put the Memorium post for Christiana back up.

  2. Posted January 6, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Lavanna, I haven’t been able to be here much of late. Sorry. I love this painting. Just something about it. Can’t say.

  3. Margaret
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    I am Christiana’s cousin, Margaret, and I just found out about her yesterday! I live near Boston and I still haven’t heard any details, but I am just so so sad. I haven’t seen her in years, but I talked to her after her mother died of lung cancer in 2007, a year after my mother did the same, and we commiserated about that. I have memories of her as a beautiful blond young girl and woman in our childhood, and the funny observations she always made about people.

    Does anyone know when/where a memorial service is planned? I was going to try and contact her husband, but I can’t imagine what he’s going through right now. He and I actually went to college together and just by chance he married my cousin.

    I would love to hear any other thoughts or memories people in Austin can share about her.

    • Posted January 7, 2009 at 7:51 am | Permalink

      Hi, Margaret.

      Oh, my – I am so glad that I was told to “put it back”. After I did, my site was bombarded. People are looking for some comfort, and some information. Here is what I know: Erin was here last night (she and my daughter are best friends). She said there will be a small “viewing” service on Friday. On Satuday, there will be a memorial service at the Quaker Meeting hall. Expect times and dates to follow. I will contact you as soon as I get specifics.

      As an aside, one of Christiana’s friends said that they will need Irwin Center, there will be so many people there. She was well-loved, and knew everybody.

  4. Margaret
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I will be there! Looking forward to seeing you, Lavanna, and all other friends and relatives of Christiana. I always meant to come visit her; now it’s a sad reason to come to Austin for the first time.

  5. sarah vela
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    link to obituary, viewing, and service information:

    • Posted January 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much for sending that, Sarah. I just went over and checked on the Obituary page, and there is an online guestbook with space for comments. I will shut down the comment section on this blog, so that folks can go over there.

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