Update Eighty-Two

Christina Jo (Ahmann) Nevill
March 4, 1982 – June 13, 2013

Christina Jo Ahmann came into this world on March 4, 1982 and breathed her last breath on earth on June 13, 2013.

DSC_3357She was born to her parents, Doug and Jo Dee Ahmann and grew up in Port Angeles. She attended Jefferson Elementary, Calvary Baptist School, Olympic Christian School, and Port Angeles High School. Her major interests in those years were playing her violin, playing soccer, hunting, fishing, hiking, and skiing. She graduated from PAHS in 2000. Her earliest friends, Mandy (Wood) Penso and Linsey (Tuttle) Fuller remained close her entire life.

Christina moved on to Westmont College. Her 4 years at Westmont were a rich time of spiritual, social, and intellectual growth. She formed beautiful friendships and in the last two years of Westmont became a Resident Assistant and successfully shepherded some amazing women through the rigors and traumas of college life. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Kinesiology in 2004.

Christina moved to Portland, Oregon to study massage therapy and begin her own practice. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor she found a new passion—oncology massage. She did further studies in that field and founded a non-profit, “Consider the Sparrow” to provide free massage therapy for cancer patients.

In 2011, a most amazing man, Doug Nevill, came into her life. Christina moved back to Port Angeles to be near him and they were married in November of the same year. One year later, they welcomed their son, Isaiah Douglas into the world. His contagious joy is a continual reminder of Christina’s joyful spirit.

Christina loved Jesus, she loved people, she loved adventure and she loved her life. Joy and wisdom poured from her and she would willingly share both with anyone that crossed her path. She was an active listener, encourager, and a wise counselor.
To her final day, her greatest passion was worship and prayer with her beloved friends and family. She will be greatly missed but she has left a huge legacy of wisdom, wit, and love. She has taught us how to live with great courage, unshakable faith, unending joy, and immense strength.

She is survived by her husband, Douglas E. Nevill and her son, Isaiah Douglas. She is also survived by her brother, Jesse Ahmann, her parents Doug and Jo Dee Ahmann, and her grandmother, Victoria Ahmann.

She is also survived by her 14 cousins and her adoring aunts and uncles.

Drennan Ford is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at Independent Bible Church on Friday, June 21st at 1:00 P.M.

Memorial contributions may be made to IBC Women in Ministry where she was a member of the leadership team.

Update Eighty-One

This is Christina’s Mom. As Christina declined in health, her spirit enlarged.  One afternoon I asked her if she wanted to pray together. She had me go first–I prayed. Then she began–I had my computer on my lap and began to type as she prayed. This was the final prayer she prayed that I could hear and understand (her voice got increasingly quiet as the days wore on).

On May 20, 2013–

Lord, we thank you for time together we didn’t expect. We are bombarded by your peace.  We are full of your joy and full of your delightful understanding and we pray for more of it everyday. We pray for your understanding and your excitement and your joy to continue to come flooding in.  We’re excited and thank you for your power and thank you for your wisdom and thank you for whatever you have in store for us.  And for all the stuff we don’t understand in this moment and will become important–we pray for your help.  And we pray for your heightened wisdom in how to handle those well, and protect each other well and honor each other well.

I pray for special respect of each other and of the Lord as we gain knowledge of what you are to us as we figure out our role in this great design of the human race and how we come to understand it better—this incredible design of the world.  You have broken it up into such a beautiful mystery.  Teach us Lord, how to fathom all that it means, all together, without becoming cynical and without arrogance and without believing we own the world, or understand it too completely.  I thank you that you give us grace to do what we have left to do.  I love you, Lord, and I don’t want a shortcut on life.  I want what will make us grow.  We do desire growth and we do desire the hard stuff because it’s what makes us grow.  We love you.  In Jesus Name.  Amen