Christina Jenkins Nice
August 15, 1978 - October 8, 2021
We're guessing that you're reading this obituary for 1 of 3 reasons:
1. You are reading this because you loved Christina. We loved her too. We loved her so much and we are so sorry for your loss. Christina was strong and she was kind. She faced many challenges in her life with grit and determination. She worked extremely hard. She worked hard to understand herself and her relationships and she worked hard at her actual work. She got her CNA license her senior year of high school and never looked back. She absolutely loved her job and prided herself on the quality of care and the listening ear that she gave her patients. She treated everyone who crossed her path with empathy and respect. She adored her children and her nieces and nephews. She loved playing games and going to the movies and she was always up for a concert or a trip. She was adventurous and tried everything, even if it scared her. She had a big smile and great laugh and the best hair.
2. You are reading this because you love us and you know that we are all devastated by the loss of Christina. We have experienced so many acts of kindness, love, and generosity. It has come from far and wide; from friends, family, colleagues, and strangers. We appreciate all of it. Big or small. The texts, treats, meals, hugs, flowers, thoughtful gifts, and visits. The vulnerability of sharing your own experiences of loss and grief with us. The people that are in our lives are the best kind of people. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. You have shown up for us and we will show up for you, hopefully with increased sympathy because we have gone through this with you by our side.
3. You're perusing the obituaries and you want to know how someone so young died. (It's cool, we do that sometimes too.) Christina was diagnosed two months ago with adrenocortical carcinoma, a very rare cancer with very few treatment options that was unfortunately, also very aggressive. Christina faced this diagnosis with incredible bravery, courage, strength, and grace. She didn't waste time or energy with anger or despair. Christina chose instead to spend as much time as possible with her children and her family. Looking back, it was remarkable how much she chose to live when we now know that she was in a tremendous amount of pain.
We want to thank her medical team at Intermountain Healthcare, especially her surgeon who bought us priceless quality time, her oncologist who set realistic expectations of the outcome, her palliative team who provided a bright lighthouse in a tremendous storm and the hospice nurses, who guided our family through a peaceful and dignified death. We especially want to thank her therapist, Trish Sullivant, who taught Christina how to access her wise mind. So much of her strength came from those tools.
In lieu of flowers, please take a moment today to reach out to someone you know who is going through something tough or challenging or who just might need some hope or to feel loved. It's easy, just cut and paste the following words into a text or slide into their DMs: "No need to respond. I am thinking of you and sending my love." Trust us, the recipient will be grateful.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 and a celebration of life party on October 23, 2021. Please contact anyone in our family for details.
Pam and Jake Jenkins (Christina's parents)
Alexis and Eliza Nice (Christina's daughters)
Judy Hoopes (Christina's grandmother)
Natalie House and Janaan Weaver (Christina's sisters)
Alek House and Edward Weaver (The best brothers in law a sister could have)
Georgiana, Franklin and Walter Weaver and Estelle and Josephine House (Christina's nieces and nephews)