Christy was born April 7, 1949 and grew up in Savery, Wyoming on a sheep and cattle ranch raised by her parents, John St. Aubyn Boyer (Gagser) and Nan Kretschmer Boyer (Mumser). She first attended a one-room schoolhouse, then went to the Katharine Branson School in San Francisco for high school, and graduated from Harvard in 1971. She called New Hampshire home after that and had careers in early childhood special education, real estate, as a college professor, photography, writing, and was a Justice of the Peace.
She raised and is adored by her two daughters, Hillary Houck and Julia Day. Over her lifetime many considered her a parent that she also counted as her children including Lisa Houck, Eddie Houck, Sheila Manson, Africa Couto Olvera and countless of her children’s friends. Her three siblings are Marka Boyer, Steve Boyer (Priscilla Butler), and John Boyer. She also loved her niece Aubyn Demian, and nephews John Boyer and Michael Boyer (Jess Boyer).
Activist, ally, sailor, pilot, cowboy, author, professor, walker, dancer, traveller, artist, devout atheist. Christy was vibrant, curious, and open, she loved life with an almost inexplicable zeal. Her community of friends, salonistas, renegades, Harvard Radcliffe alumni, and family all knew her warmth, honesty, wit, intellect, bravery, and love.
In 2015 Christy and her daughter Julia flew to Spain where Julia wished her well at the start of El Camino de Santiago. She walked 500 miles across northern Spain. Early on in the trip she decided her small sleeping mat was too much extra weight and shipped it home. At age 66 she slept on church floors, made dozens of friends of all ages from every corner of the world that she would walk with for a few days, and also walked parts of it alone. She came home and wrote a book about her journey, which she toured at bookstores and libraries trying to inspire others to do whatever wild dream they had of doing at any age.
A celebration of her life will be held in the spring where we will all wish her a “Buen Camino.” In lieu of flowers please vote. To view the obituary page or get updates about her celebration visit www.ccsnewhampshire.com.