Vivian R Crist

Vivian R Crist

Vivian R Crist

March 08, 1925~July 31, 2019

Vivian Aurora Rodriguez Crist “Gigi”, widow of Joseph P. Crist, daughter of the late Roger and Martha Rodriguez, passed into God's arms July 31, 2019 at the age of 94 surrounded by her family.

Vivian is survived by her four daughters, Carolyn Taylor (Clyde), Linda Galan, Karen Crist, Jacquelyn Crist, and her granddaughters, Tasha Galan and Stacy Galan Shailendra. Gigi also had the joy of loving three great-grandchildren, Alexis Galan and Sydney and Sutton Shailendra.

Gigi had a love for New Orleans and lived in Lakeview for 80 years until Hurricane Katrina flooded her home. She then resided in Safety Harbor, Fl until she passed away, but NOLA was her heart and soul.

Gigi loved life no matter how difficult life could be. She was a social butterfly and an avid gardener who enjoyed sharing her gift of planting. Creative, kind, stylish, loving, strong, beautiful, and loyal to those she loved, Gigi also had a great love for children and a magical presence that was felt by all.

Our love for Gigi is never ending. We have a hole in our heart, but we are eternally grateful to have called her ours.

We will be celebrating Gigi's Winner's Circle of Life on two occasions:

September 14, 2019
5:00 P.M.
3103 Coventry Lane Safety Harbor, Fl 34695

Garden of Life Celebration
New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens
October 12,2019
Garden Study Center
Visitation 10 A.M.- 12 Noon
Prayers, Tribute, Second Line 12-1:00 P.M.

Condolence

Jacquelyn Crist (Daughter)

August 26, 2019, 12:00 am

Gigi, I miss your earth presence but I feel you next to me everyday through your plants, kindness, love and gentle ways. I hope to meet you again one day and dance again. I love you with all my heart to the moon and back. Jackie

LINDA GALAN (Daughter)

August 27, 2019, 12:00 am

So sad that we lost our mother. I expected Gigi to live to 100 with her active, healthy lifestyle. She believed everything should be in moderation.God decided that he wanted Gigi in the Heavenly Gardens. I know that she is designing a magnificent landscape. Our heavens are green. I love you, Gigi, our flower of life.

Stacy Shailendra (Granddaughter)

August 27, 2019, 12:00 am

I hope you are resting in peace in your gardens, talking with Paw, and watching over us. We will miss you dearly Gigi. All our love, Stacy, Sachin, Sydney, and Sutton

Pam and Bill Crist (Niece/Nephew )

August 31, 2019, 12:00 am

Oh Aunt Viv. What an iconic classy lady. Wish we would have had more time to make more memories. I should be so lucky to look that good if I get to be your age. Tell everyone hello for us in heaven. Love you and pray for you by name daily. 😘❤️😘

Patty Seal (Friend)

September 1, 2019, 12:00 am

Gigi was such a lovely lady inside and out. I enjoyed her positive spirit and upbeat personality. She was an inspiration as nothing slowed her down. I have been praying for the family as I know how much they loved her and how much she is missed. Hope to all meet again in the place where there is no sadness or pain.

Judy Berliner Watson (Mother of dear friends)

September 1, 2019, 12:00 am

Lovely lady. Raised 4 lovely Daughters. Will be so missed. RIP
Judy

Patty Seal (Friend of family)

September 1, 2019, 12:00 am

Gigi was such a lovely lady inside and out. I enjoyed her positive spirit and upbeat personality. She was an inspiration as nothing slowed her down. I have been praying for the family as I know how much they loved her and how much she is missed. Hope to all meet again in the place where there is no sadness or pain.

Lisa Steinberg (Friend)

September 2, 2019, 12:00 am

Gigi was a treasure. In spite of everything she endured,I never heard her complain or feel sorry for herself.
She was always perfectly coifed, dressed beautifully with flwaless make-up.
I will miss chatting with her & feeling her warmth & love.RIP my friend

Sandy Soto (Family Friend & 5th daughter)

September 14, 2019, 12:00 am

Gigi,
Forever in my heart , I will miss your stories, your laugh and our special night with Bocelli !
Your plant is 6 years strong and continues to bloom in the night and I know it is you coming to visit. With love, Sandy

Alexis Galan (great-granddaughter)

October 2, 2019, 12:00 am

Gigi taught me about life skills, such as, gardening. She called me “Princess.” She was an inspiration and gave off a “light” to everyone around her. She had this spirit that everyone loved. I really love her and will miss her dearly.

Love,
Your great-granddaughter, Alexis Galan

Tasha Galan (Granddaughter)

October 4, 2019, 12:00 am

Dear Gigi,
What an amazing woman you were! You were definitely someone I looked up to and will always think about. I wish I would had wanted to learn more from you, especially, how to cook, sew, and be organized. Hah! Thank you for being the person you were. You have high standards to live up to. You were so good to Alexis and me. Thanks for being so thoughtful and attending all of our events when you could. I'm really going to miss your presence, but you will always be remembered. To my last grandparent, I love you dearly, and you will always be with me in spirit. Hugs & lots of kisses!
Love,
Tasha

Jeri Bandaries (Dear Friend)

October 9, 2019, 12:00 am

Ms. Crist was a wonderful inspiration and touched my life in many ways. I treasure her friendship and our time together. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Jeri

Jeri Bandaries (Dear Friend)

October 9, 2019, 12:00 am

Ms. Crist was a wonderful inspiration and touched my life in many ways. I treasure her friendship and our time together. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Jeri

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