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CHRISTINA MAYERS Christina Mayers, 59, of Shanghai, China, and former long-time resident of Fort Pierce, Florida, died on February 2, 2013, with her daughter and sister by her side. The last days of her brief, intense battle with cancer were spent in the peace and comfort in the hands of the doctors and nurses at the Charles W. Gerstenberg Center of Hospice of Palm Beach County, and in the constant, loving presence of her daughter, and only child, Ashley. Christina was the daughter of the late Herbert D. Mayers and Rachel Norris Mayers of Fort Pierce, Florida. She leaves behind her daughter, Ashley Drumm of West Palm Beach, Florida; sister, Barbara Hayo of Key West, Florida; brother, Alexander Mayers of Sweden; and numerous nephews and nieces and their families: Eric Gandy of Clearwater, Florida; Ryan Gandy of Sarasota, Florida; Greg Cooper of San Diego, California; Tina Hunt of Atlanta, Georgia; and Myra, Evelyn and Lukas Mayers of Sweden. Also deeply mourning her loss are numerous dear friends both in the United States, Europe, and in China. During her lifetime, Christina worked in diverse positions, all driven by her passion for the English language and writing. Through these gifts, she touched many. Her journey to fulfill her passion began as a features writer for the Fort Pierce Tribune. She expanded her journalism skills by pursuing a Masters of Communications degree at the University of Central Florida. She was soon working as an adjunct English instructor and a tutor for the Center for Personalized Instruction at Indian River State College. With a reputation of being tough but good, she reached out to students who found their learning was accelerated under her one-on-one guidance. While at IRSC, Christina became a college preparatory instructor, teaching Basic English Review and Fundamentals of Writing. Her love of books and the role they play in a child's formative years inspired her to become a Media Specialist at St. Anastasia School in Fort Pierce, where she developed the library collection, advanced the library's technology, and creatively engaged the students to love reading. She soon realized that libraries today are more than hard books. She knew, to stay relevant, libraries had keep up with technological advances. To that end, Christina obtained her Masters of Library Science degree from Florida State University, which she accomplished online. Thus prepared, Christina entered the new world of libraries. She was Reference Librarian for the Boynton Beach Library and the Palm Beach County Library, and Branch Manager of the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach. Christina's drive, passion, and credentials positioned her to accept a job as Director of Libraries for Concordia International School in Shanghai, China. While there, she developed the collection, brought in new technology, was an integral partner in the design and building of Concordia's new Phoenix Center Library, brought an innovative research technique to students and teachers through the development of LibGuides-an on-line multidisciplinary research tool for students-and created a consortium for international schools, which enabled schools throughout China to secure databases for research. During her four years in Shanghai, Christina traveled to Russia, Turkey, France, England, Japan, and Thailand. Most importantly, while in Shanghai, she was surrounded by her second family: the multinational Concordia family of administrators, faculty, staff, parents and students. The outpouring of love coming to her from across the world during her illness is a tribute not only to her accomplishments, but also to the impact she had on so many - personally and professionally. Christina's reach was broad. She will be dearly missed on both sides of the globe. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Fort Pierce, Florida. In lieu of flowers the family would be honored for donations made in Christina's name to the Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, Florida, 33407. Arrangements are through Yates Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Pierce, Florida. An online guestbook is available at Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm on Feb. 10, 2013
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