Kristina Louise Nicholas December 2, 1958 - October 4, 2016 Valley Center Kristina Louise Nicholas, of Valley Center, California, passed away surrounded by her family on October 4th, 2016. She was 57 years old.Kristina, known as Kris or Krissie to many, was born on December 2, 1958 in Denver, Colorado to Nancy and David Nicholas. When she was a small child her family moved to Tucson, Arizona and then settled in Escondido in 1968. She attended Central Elementary School, Del Dios Middle School and San Pasqual High School, graduating in 1976. Kris then attended SDSU. Kristina had a brilliant and imaginative mind and a love of reading. As a young girl, she delighted in fantasy and historical fiction and escaped into the pages of books like Lord of the Rings and The Mists of Avalon. Encouraged by several teachers she became a gifted writer and story teller. She also loved gardening and attending to her pets and to all the birds that visited her garden.Kristina worked at Gemco for many years and also for a local bank and the DMV but she found the job she had always wanted when she became a mother in 1996. Her sons, George and Greg, were the joy of her life. Kristina volunteered countless hours at their schools and with their sporting and FFA endeavors. Her sons would tell you that she always made sure other people were taken care of before she thought of herself.Kristina was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, George and Nadine Rau. She is survived by her dedicated and loving partner, Mark DeLong; her sons, George Nicholas and Greg Nicholas; her mother, Nancy Lancaster; sister, Suzy Gaxiola; niece, Spencer Gaxiola; nephew, Sumner Gaxiola; and the two little girls Kristina helped raise into women, Lisa Day Carss and Melissa Tygett. Kris had many meaningful friendships, and she believed wholeheartedly in the philosophy that "friends are the family we choose." Kris's life was made so much richer by the love and friendship of Lois Brandow, Tammy Burress, Lee Lichlyter, Tammy Sherman, and Janine Wickliffe.Kris passed away peacefully after a prolonged illness. She will be remembered for her easy smile and sensitive heart and for the fact that no matter what she might have had to contend with in her own life, she always had the ability to extend kindness to anyone in need of it. A memorial is scheduled for 5:30 pm, Tuesday, October 18th at Emmanuel Faith Church in Escondido.
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