Christina Leigh Vaughan
May 16, 1975 - August 25, 2022
Christie flew to be with her angels during the early morning of August 25th at the young age of 47 after succumbing to cancer. Affectionately known to those who knew and loved her as Tiny, Chrissy-tina and "Christie Sol", she was definitely a ray of sunshine in our lives.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Christie attended The Kinkaid School, River Oaks Baptist Elementary and graduated from Episcopal High School in 1993. She then followed her brother to Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. After college Christie hiked the Appalachian Trail and made life-long friends along the way. As an adult she lived in Houston, Nederland, CO, and Austin before settling in Durango, CO in 2002. She loved her home in Durango and her close-knit group of friends who were always there to support her. In the last few years, she also spent time living in El Salvador and was building a home on the Pacific coast there.
Christie was a successful business owner, creating and marketing her own line of skin care products called Pure Sol Creations, and was one of the first to incorporate CBD into her products. Prior to that, she worked for several years at Fort Lewis College in Durango for the School of Arts and Sciences.
If Christie were writing this, it would be much more fun and colorful! She would add a bajillion fun emojis and remind each of us to have some fun in our life every single day. Travel, dance, listen to the music - embrace the love in your life. She was someone who made friends instantly and brought joy to those around her. She also didn't take crap from anyone and was a strong and fiercely independent woman. Those traits served her well as she traveled the world. One of her biggest passions in life was the community she joined with Widespread Panic. It wasn't just live music for her, it was a family of friends that gathered to enjoy the music and celebrate together.
She is survived by her parents, Barbara and Skip Vaughan of Houston and Durango, her sister Laney and her husband Tom Pitstick of Denver, her brother Will and his wife Dana Vaughan of Boulder, as well as her nieces and nephew, Avery and Lauren Pitstick and Sydney and Noah Vaughan and her beloved dog Seraphina. Preceding her in death were her adored cats Etienne and Sosa.
We wish to thank the doctors and nurses at Mercy Hospital who treated Christie, especially the Mercy Home Care and Hospice team who with much kindness supported Christie and our family through this illness.
Christie will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in Durango. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local animal rescue.