Kristen Winters Walker, 30, died Friday, February 13, 2009.
She was born December 17, 1978 in Wake County to Mike and Anne (Terrell) Winters.
The earthly loves of Kristi's life were Chuck and her boys. She spent every day selflessly loving and serving her family. Prior to having children, Kristi taught school in Texas and in Apex. That background prepared her to teach her children about life, but most importantly she taught them to love the Lord. By all accounts Kristi was an excellent mom. We know that God has a great plan for her boys as He decided that He needs her with Him instead of with the boys as they continue to grow. God's ways are higher than our ways.
Kristi gave her life to Christ at an early age and personified the godly woman of Proverbs 31. Throughout her life she was a true example of Christ. Kristi was consumed with a passion for her Heavenly Father and her Lord Jesus Christ. She loved to study God's word and learned to apply it to her daily life. She started each day with a Bible devotion with her boys. She knew that Bible truths were the only way to train and teach our children.
Kristi loved sports. Baylor and Carolina were her favorite teams to watch. Both schools will miss her support. We'll miss the excitement of watching Carolina baseball and basketball together. She was an excellent athlete. She enjoyed playing basketball, volleyball and softball. A three time all conference softball player, she often challenged the notion that boys were better than girls at sports.
Kristi met Chuck on a mission trip to Honduras. Their relationship developed at Baylor and they were married in March, 2001. We give the God the glory for giving Kristi a godly husband and friend. Eight great years of marriage took them from Texas to North Carolina. They developed friendships in both states with some of the finest young people in the world. No couple has ever been blessed with more wonderful friends.
During the last months of Kristi's life after being diagnosed with breast cancer following the birth of her last son, she was served by outstanding medical professionals at UNC and WakeMed Cary. The nursing staff at both hospitals demonstrated compassion beyond obligation. Her attending physician, Dr. Mark Graham cared for her with a passion and diligence that surpasses any the family has seen. His team, within his office and other consulting physicians, cared for Kristi with great skill and love. We thank all of the doctors and nurses at WakeMed Cary who were there for her over these months.
Kristi's friends, church community, and the community at large have been wonderful to her family. Numerous individuals provided food, child care, yard care, prayer support and other acts of care that are greatly appreciated. This community, which includes loving family and friends in Texas and North Carolina, has provided encouragement to all of us and have been a testimony to us of God's love during this trial. We thank everyone who has supported Kristi and us during her illness.
Kristi is survived by her husband of eight years, Chuck Walker of Holly Springs; three boys, Cade Michael Walker, Mason Daniel Walker and Zane Elliott Walker; mother and father, Mike and Anne Winters of Holly Springs; sister, Amy Savage of Raleigh; brother, Matthew Winters of Holly Springs; paternal grandparents, Glenn and Gailya Winters of Cary; maternal grandmother, Lee Goodman of Cary; maternal grandfather, Ben Terrell of Louisburg.
A celebration of her life will be held 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at Colonial Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Pastor Stephen Davey will preside. A private graveside service will be held earlier on Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kristi's memory to Pretty in Pink Foundation, 2501 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 250, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Arrangements through Brown- Wynne Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brownwynne.com