Kristina Thomas passed on February 28, 2019 at the age of 46. A service for her will be held at a later date.
Eric: Love is such a rare and precious thing. We all need it, and we all spend some of our lives looking for it. But it is only found in the fewest and most fleeting of places. It is even more rare to meet someone and know. To look into their eyes and realize that there is no other place that you ever want to be. I had no idea what love meant until I met my beautiful Poppy. We laughed and loved and built a life together for 17 years. And we spoke many times over those years about how our love would never die and was only getting better the further we went. She was the most beautiful person I ever knew or ever will know. When a true word of encouragement was needed at a time of doubt, she had it. When she laughed, she made everyone laugh. For anyone with an open heart, they had a wonderful friend waiting for them in Tina. She was the most genuine and easy to know person as she only had one unique way of ever being – herself. All of these things I admired about her every day that I knew her. The loss now is incredibly painful and immense. We can only hope to be buoyed by the memories that she has left us with, and by knowing the life that she would want us to live. We go on now into the next chapters with some trepidation, but carrying her memory and example with us forever.
Elijah: My mom was a very special person. She loved everybody for who they really were and she accepted everyone. She knew how to take care of my dad, my sister and I very well. She was just a great person overall. She always knew how to help people or cheer them up. I cannot count all the good memories we had together as a family. Nobody expected her to go so suddenly and in such a tragic, unplanned way. It really does hurt to lose someone so close to you and it sure isn’t easy to get it in your head that they are not coming back, but that goes away over time. She wanted to do so many cool things that she now doesn’t get to do. She had her whole life ahead of her. She was truly an amazing and beautiful person and she sure was a good mom. One of my favorite memories was when she, my dad, my sister and I hiked to the top of Multnomah Falls. I kept getting tired and wanted to go back, but she kept telling me to push and keep going and we all did and then there we were, at the top. It was a great day that I will never forget. She was so fun to be around. It will take a very long time to get over such a horrible thing in our lives and we are all just completely devastated. It will be very hard and feel very weird to ease our way back into normal activities and everyday things such as work, school, chores, shopping, etc. She was always there for all of it and was a huge help around the house. She deserved more credit for all the help she provided to us as a family. She deserved to live a long happy life. This is truly heartbreaking and very hard to get through, but she would not want us dwelling on things like this. Kristina Thomas is loved and in our hearts for the rest of time. Rest easy mom.
Alli: My mom meant the world to me. She was an amazing friend, mom, sister, wife, aunt and daughter. She cared more about her family than herself. She taught me how to be a good person like her. She taught me how to stay strong in the worst moments. This is why I want to go on, because she taught me to keep trying. She taught me how to be brave and put myself out to the world and show everyone what I can do. Even when life got hard and I felt like giving up, she showed me how to not give up and to keep going on. She believed in me and was truly my best friend. I knew I could tell her anything and she wouldn’t judge me or act like I was in the wrong (even if I was). So many memories made and so many simple memories that would seem like they don’t really matter, because there were so many more expected to be made that are now lost. Little things set off triggers of crying like an alarm. The other day I was coming home from volleyball practice, and i saw a restaurant where she made me try all this weird food after my doctor’s appointment. I remember sitting in that same car seat laughing and hearing her voice. She was so full of drive and passion. She was determined to do what was best for herself and the people around her. Even though me and my mom had our fair amount of fighting, I knew at the end of the day I could still always come back to her and she still loved me no matter what. I wish she would have believed me more when i told her she was beautiful just the way she was. She always told me how she wanted to lose weight, or have thicker eyebrows, or no gray hair. I thought she was perfect and she had no reason to feel the need to change herself. When I grow up i strive to be like her because of how caring she was. She was so strong and such a good person. I wish to become as strong as she was. I’ll never forget the way she looked at me. She looked at me with eyes full of love. I just want to remember all the good memories we had together even though there should have been more. She will be missed by everyone. Rest easy mom.