Our beautiful mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend Christie Lynne Paxton Perkins, 39, passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in her home surrounded by her loving family in Enoch, Iron County, Utah after a courageous and inspiring battle with cancer. Christie was born November 28, 1978 in Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah to Marvin Lee Paxton and Vickie Lynne Hayes Paxton. She lived in Bennion, Utah until she was seven years old. Her family moved to Cedar City, Utah where her father Marvin worked for the Federal Aviation Administration. She graduated from Cedar High School in 1997. She later received a bachelor’s degree in 2001 from Southern Utah University in Family Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Nutrition. She met the Love of her life Daryl Scott Perkins while attending a summer institute of religion class at Southern Utah University. They were married for time and all eternity on June 6, 1998, in the St. George, Washington, Utah LDS temple.
Christie loved life and everyone in it. She genuinely loved everyone she met, and they loved her. Everyone knew when she walked into the room for there was an instant radiant light and a beautiful feeling of love. People flocked to gather around her. Christie was close to her Savior Jesus Christ. People could feel His love and a piece of heaven while standing in her midst. Her greatest desire was to be a mother. She was a homemaker. Her boys brought her the greatest joy. She was so proud of them and the good choices they were making. She spent many hours laying on the trampoline with them gazing at the stars and making wishes as meteorites flashed across the sky! She had many late nights visiting with her boys. She was always interested in their day and how they followed promptings of the Spirit or witnessed the hand of God in their lives. Her boys and husband knew without question she loved them for she often whispered, “Can I keep you”? Christie had many wonderful friends who she loved dearly. Each one felt they were her favorite for she truly made them feel that way. Likewise, each of her nieces and nephews were her favorite. She loved them with all her heart. She loved hearing about their dates and was always interested in the details of their lives. She was an incredible example of faith, courage, and strength. She taught all around her to smile and enjoy the journey, to see the good, even through the difficult trials and challenges of mortality. She loved serving the young women in our community. She loved going to their homes and seeing them all dolled up and excited for their dates. Christie loved learning. She was a nonfiction junkie! She loved reading textbooks. She especially loved her scriptures where she learned to pattern her life after the Savior. Christie loved the Savior. Christie was always concerned for others and never wanted to inconvenience anyone. She often sacrificed her own personal interests and desires to bless the lives of others. Many times Christie would say, “Treats would be nice,” and within 15 minutes there would be a knock on the door. There was always someone that would hear her request! Her boys often tried to convince her to wish for a million dollars to which she would reply, “I don’t need a million dollars!” Christie was always happy and content with what she had been blessed with. In her mind she had a more than a million dollars in the love she felt for her family and friends. Christie loved writing. She started a blog: howperkyworks.com where she testified of God’s love, miracles and countless tender mercies through her cancer journey. She also shared many life experiences that strengthen feeble knees, heavy hearts, and hands that hang low. Christie is truly an amazing inspiration and blessing to all who know her.
Christie is survived by her husband Scott, four sons Barrek, Kasen, Camron, and Hudson of Enoch, Utah, her parents Marvin and Vickie Paxton of Cedar City, Utah parents-in-law Lynn and Terry Perkins of Kanosh, Utah, brothers Bryan (Candalyn) of Enoch, Utah and Scott (Kristin) of Salt Lake, Utah, and many nieces and nephews who love her dearly.
She is preceded in death by her grandmother DeVola Hayes, grandfather Robert Hayes, and grandparents Baker and Vauna Paxton.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Enoch Stake Center (2200 Heather Hue, Enoch, Utah). Viewings will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday morning 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral services at the Enoch Stake Center (2200 Heather Hue, Enoch, Utah). Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent at www.sumortuary.com