Chrissy Cozzi
1957 - 2021
BORN
1957
DIED
2021
Chrissy Ellis Cozzi
1957-2021
Chrissy Ellis Cozzi, 64, died Saturday, February 27, from complications of COVID-19.
Chrissy was born Maria Christina Ellis in Corpus Christi, Texas, to parents William Lee Ellis Jr. and Olympia (Lee) Duque Ellis. She grew up in Aransas Pass, Texas. Growing up, she and her siblings spent much time with their cousins, the Metzes of Lockhart, Texas. This is where she learned that your cousins are your first best friends.
After high school she attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. She was very proud to have earned her commercial driver's license, which she put to good use during her college years behind the wheel of an SWTSU commuter bus. Chrissy received her bachelors degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1979.
Chrissy had a life-long love of music and dancing. She was, quite possibly, the greatest George Strait fan ever to walk the earth. She never missed an opportunity to hear "King George" perform.
After leaving college, Chrissy came to Houston, where she spent most of her life. Chrissy worked for a number of organizations and businesses over the years. Most recently she worked as Show Operations Assistant for Quilts, Inc. The International Quilt Show at the George R. Brown Convention Center was an annual highlight for her. Chrissy was also very involved as a volunteer working on committees for the Rodeo. In 2017, after 23 years of volunteering with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Chrissy Cozzi earned the Rodeo's ultimate volunteer-loyalty award, a gold badge with "Lifetime Committeeman" at the bottom. She also served five years as a Finish Line Angel for the Houston Marathon.
Chrissy and her husband Anthony were soulmates. They were married on August 30, 2008 even though they had originally planned a ceremony for later, in October. Chrissy moved their wedding date and changed the venue to be at the assisted living center where her mother lived. so that her mother could attend. Her mother, Lee Ellis, was a beaming mother of the bride with family and residents in attendance. It was typical of Chrissy to put family first.
Family was everything to Chrissy. Without checking her calendar she knew every important date and anniversary, including the year. We cherish the memories and the photos of Chrissy holding newborn great-nieces and nephews and cousins, and being with us at Thanksgiving, Christmas, family reunions, weddings, birthdays, graduations, board game nights, and celebrations of all sorts. You could count on her to arrive slightly late, bringing laughter and joy (and lots of wine) to the party. She had a radiant smile and an infectious laugh. She filled the room and our hearts.
Chrissy's approach to life was a lesson in positivity. She had her share of setbacks and tribulations, which she handled with determination, grace, and a can-do attitude. You could count on Chrissy to roll up her sleeves and get things done. When the pandemic led to her being furloughed from her job she volunteered her time to the Quilt show, the Rodeo, and community organizations to help others. She also found time to make treasured, elaborate Christmas stockings for each new baby and other family members who wanted one.
Chrissy is survived by her husband of 12 years, Anthony Cozzi; twin sister Kathy Westmoreland and her husband Reid; brother Billy Ellis and his wife Priscilla; brother Ken Ellis and his wife Holly; sister-in-law Linda Cozzi Bartels and her husband Jack; sister-in-law Cathy Cozzi; nephew Brad Westmoreland and his wife Jill; nephew Allen Westmoreland and his wife Stephanie; niece Stephanie Bradbury and her husband Kyle; nephew Robert Ellis and his wife Jasmine; 10 great-nieces and great-nephews, and her beloved cousins in her extended family.
There will be a celebration of life scheduled at a later date. Donations in Chrissy's memory can be made to The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo educational fund.
The family is grieving her loss but rejoicing in the memories of her life. The family would also like to remind everyone that COVID-19 can be serious and the pandemic is not over. Please, for the love of your fellow humans, stay home if possible, maintain social distance, get your vaccine when you can, and wear your mask in public to protect others.
Published by Houston Chronicle on Mar. 7, 2021.
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I want to offer my condolences to all of the family. I can’t imaging losing the life of the party! She made everyone smile. She never knew a stranger and was genuine. It was so awesome to reunite after so many years at Homecoming at the DZ house!!! I will truly miss her.

Nan Stovall Finch
Friend
June 21, 2021
My most heartfelt condolences to Chrissy’s family and friends.
We were classmates in high school and played on the gold team together. We had such fun times. Truly she was a special lady and will be missed.
Kita Arnold Scull
Classmate
April 23, 2021
Chrissy I have known you since kindergarten, a life time friend. You were always a joy to be around. You are missed.
Sharon Lindley Hahn
Friend
April 1, 2021
Anthony, Kathy, Billy & Ken ~ heartfelt condolences & prayers to you & your families. Chrissy was a valued lifetime friend & I’m deeply saddened by this jolting news. I met She & Kathy as 1st grade classmates in small town Aransas Pass. These wonderful twin sisters would continue the educational journey, as beloved classmates through high school graduation. Seeing Chrissy & meeting Anthony at our 40 year class reunion was a real pleasure. She was still the kind, sweet, witty & personality rich person, that had enriched our class. Gone way too soon ~ to know her was to love her.

RIP Panther Sister ~ God’s Speed Chrissy!

Jeffery Kullman
Jeffery Kullman
Friend
March 17, 2021
I am so sad. Haven’t seen Chrissy fora few years but can see her smile, hear her laugh and feel her presence. She was a great individual.
Verna Davis
Friend
March 17, 2021
Chrissy and I met at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, Illinois, where we worked together for about two years. She became a dear, sweet, fun-loving friend and was my "roomy" for almost a year, prior to her moving back to Houston. I will always cherish the many times we danced all night at the "Sundance Saloon" and closed it down! We stayed in touch throughout the years and I flew to Houston a few times to visit. We enjoyed our time at the Houston Rodeo where we danced our way around the arena with all the cowboys, of course, only after having a few shots of tequila to celebrate George Strait! It broke my heart to hear this terribly sad news....I think I was in shock for days....Chrissy is now a beautiful Angel of God and will dance her way into everyone's hearts as she did here on earth. It was a blessing knowing Chrissy and I will always cherish the memories...Rest in Peace my friend....until we meet again....
Marcia Pearson
Friend
March 17, 2021
Chrissy was a bright ray of light in our Quilts, Inc. family. Always upbeat, ready for anything, she met every challenge head-on, and that light shone in everything she did and for everyone she met or dealt with, whether at our shows or in our office. We miss her already!
Karey Bresenhan & Nancy Puentes, Quilts, Inc.
Coworker
March 14, 2021
Anthony: I'm so sorry for ypur loss. From the obituary, she sounded like a great person. If you ever want to get away and go fishing, look me up. My parents built on the coast the year we were born. I still have the place!
Rex Goodman
Friend
March 11, 2021
Natalie
Friend
March 10, 2021
Missing Chrissy - loved her!
Jack and Linda Bartels
Family
March 10, 2021
I’m sorry to hear this news! Prayers and sympathy to all of Chrissy’s family and friends.
Sam McCleese
Friend
March 10, 2021
Chrissy was a loving sister to Ken and me, and a devoted aunt and great-aunt to our children and grandchildren. It’s hard to believe that she is gone. We miss her so much. Every day I think of things I want to tell her or share with her. I look for her comments on pics we post. It truly hasn’t sunk in yet. It gives us a lot of comfort to read the comments from others who were a part of her life. She was a joy to everyone who knew her. Thanks for sharing your memories.
Holly Ellis
Family
March 10, 2021
What a beautiful tribute for a beautiful soul. Fly with the angels Chrissy.
Terrie Cheaney
Classmate
March 10, 2021
Met Chrissy on a girls trip to Bandera and spent many nights going out dancing at Mo's. The picture is us at Bubba's! RIP sweet girl!
Natalie
Friend
March 9, 2021
Met Chrissy on a girls trip to Bandera and spent many nights going out dancing at Mom's. The picture is us at Bubba's! RIP sweet girl!
Natalie
Friend
March 9, 2021
Such a lovely person who always laughed at my jokes! And, driving buses was a GAS! My love and condolences to Chrissy’s family loved ones.
Cathi Marczak Hofstad
Friend
March 9, 2021
Chrissy was more than my co-worker, she was a true friend. I’m going to miss her beautiful smile and spirit at our shows. When I look back, I can’t believe we only worked together for 4 years. She became instant family when she started at Quilts, Inc. And I really enjoyed traveling with her and going on fun adventures like the top of the Arch in St Louis to a Cubs ballgame in Chicago to a Royals ballgame in KC to Multnomah Falls in Portland and to the Rodeo cookoff in Houston. She was always a joy to be around and I am going to miss her so much.
May God bless Chrissy up in Heaven and Anthony, Kathy, Reid and all of her family and friends. She will always hold a special place in my heart.
Ruth Polanco
Coworker
March 9, 2021
Our Chrissy - What a special lovely person Chrissy was, on the inside and out. Always so full of life, caring and love. She was so loving to her family and friends and was so devoted to all that she should be at the highest level of Heaven because she should sit with the angels. We will miss you always.
Mary Crouch
Friend
March 9, 2021
Chrissy was more than a coworker she was my friend. She was sunshine and the most beautiful person inside and out.

Chrissy, I know your in heaven and looking down at us. May you live in bliss and eternity with God up above.
Melissa Minjares
Friend
March 8, 2021
Chrissy was truly a radiant light in every space she entered. I don't think I ever saw her without a smile on her face. She was much loved by all of her coworkers at Quilts, Inc, of which I am one. She will be missed greatly. My deepest condolences to her entire family.
Julie Puentes
Coworker
March 8, 2021
I hate that I only got to know her this past holiday season. I was so looking forward to spending more time with her. After meeting her, I knew she was someone that I wanted to be friends with. Her laughter and positive attitude was infectious! I was really looking forward to having fun times with her. My prayers go out to Anthony and the family.
Jimmie Allen
Friend
March 7, 2021
Chrissy, Anna Banana, Katia & I all worked together at Western Bank in the late 70’s. We remained friends for many years after all of us had moved on to other jobs. We celebrated her 50th in Las Vegas. This photo of all of us was Katia’s 50th, going to Marco Island Florida where Chrissy got us free rooms. She was a joy to be around and will be sadly missed.
Katie Reissig
Friend
March 7, 2021
I did not have the pleasure of meeting Chrissy but did have the pleasure of working with her husband Anthony for several years. For a woman such as Chrissy has been described, to have chosen Anthony as her soul mate means a great deal because it is Anthony’s zest for life and empathy and compassion that helped me at some very difficult points in my life and it warms my heart to know that Anthony has had a partner that she joined her soul with that was so kind, loving and dynamic and involved in bettering her community and all those around her. May all who loved Chrissy be blessed by her memory. My sympathies to you all! God bless you.
Phil Ginsburg
March 7, 2021
Chrissy will be remembered for her perpetual sense of fun, her huge smile and quick laugh, her team spirit and the rare ability to always put others first. Chrissy was a treasure in our office and our lives and will be remembered often and always with a smile and the sound of her laughter ringing in our minds. RIP sweet friend❤
Teresa Duggan
Coworker
March 7, 2021
It is very, very hard for me to fathom that I won't be seeing Chrissy anymore. She was, hands down, one of the most joyous, buoyant, and positive people that I have ever met in my life, with an incredibly sparkling personality. She was such a bright spot in the Quilts office and at the shows, and being around her just made you feel better about everything. Who knew that "King George" Strait's birthday was cause for an annual celebration? Or that red wine counted as fruit in the food pyramid? And when we worked the same shift in the superhero quilt display at Comicpalooza, it was so Chrissy to show up in complete costume as Supergirl. I think I speak for all of her co-workers when I say we will miss our Chrissy so, so much. And not in just that capacity, but as a true friend who has and will continue to inspire us. My condolences to Anthony, Kathy, Reid, and all of her family.
Bob Ruggiero
Coworker
March 7, 2021
Chrissy was a bright light in all of our lives and she radiated love and happiness. She had a beautiful Spirit and will truly be missed. She was a Delta Zeta Sorority Pledge Sister of mine at Southwest Texas State University and I always loved seeing her at Homecoming Weekend. She hold a special place in all of our Hearts.
Di Anne Dumas-Young
March 6, 2021
God bless this special girl.
How lucky (for us) that Chrissy married Anthony! She was a perfect sister-in-law... and made my brother very happy. Heaven just added a beautiful new angel.
Linda and Jack Bartels
Family
March 6, 2021
Although I hadn’t spoken to Chrissy since we worked together at Traver Technologies, the positivity she radiated remains unforgettable. Her spirit enriched the lives of many.
Shari Wright
Coworker
March 6, 2021
Chrissy's life was one that reflected love of family, friends and mankind. It is an example of a life that we should all emulate. So sorry that you have the pain of Chrissy not being with you but she will forever live in your hearts, minds and actions.
Leslie Pitre Callais
Classmate
March 6, 2021
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