Christina Maureen (Tryk) Connell, beloved wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, friend, teacher, musician, gardener and inspiration, died Monday, March 13, 2006, in Carthage, Missouri, after a 20-year battle with cancer.
Christina was born January 20, 1951, in Los Alamos, New Mexico, daughter of Donald E. and Sheila (Cameron) Tryk. She was married to Dennis Matthew Connell of South Australia in Santa Fe, New Mexico, December 29, 1979.
Christina graduated from Riviera Beach, Florida, High School, attended the University of Miami, graduated from the University of New Mexico, and received her master's degree in music performance (french horn) from Yale University. She also had teaching diplomas from Adelaide University, Australia, and Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and was working on a master's degree in social work at Utah State University. She was a member of the New Haven Symphony, Oslo Radio Symphony, the Icelandic National Symphony, and the Adelaide, Australia, Symphony, and had played with many other symphonies and ensembles.
After moving to Carthage several years ago, she developed her interest in folk music, taking up the mountain and hammered dulcimer, accordion, keyboard and penny whistle. She was the Oklahoma state champion hammered dulcimer player for 2003, and played with Homemade Jam, a popular local band, and was active in the Ozark Wilderness Dulcimer Club. She also was a composer and arranger, and produced two CDs, Dennis's Waltz and Thistle Dew.
Christina also taught yoga, tai chi, xi qong and water tai chi at the Fair Acres Family Y, where she had many friends as well as students.
She is survived by her bereft and heartbroken husband and best friend, Dennis, her parents; her sons, Ashley Matthew Connell of Tampa, Florida, and Stephen John Connell and partner Samara Drewe of Carthage; her brothers, Dr. Donald Alexander Tryk of Tokyo, and Lorn Cameron Tryk and wife Dotti of Santa Fe; her uncle, Dr. Alexander Cameron and wife Jean, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas; her aunt Norma Tyson and husband Dave of Los Angeles; two nieces, Allison Tryk and Marslaidh Tryk of San Francisco; and two special feline friends, Yellow Kitty and Drongo.
Christina had an unsurpassed talent for life, love, music and friendship, and leaves an enormous void in the lives of her family and friends, who will miss the music of her soul forever.
This web-page by Dennis Connell is a memory for his wife Christina, who is one of the victims of the Hamer death sect.
Dennis Connell, 6.12.2006
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