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In loving memory of Andrea Nicole “Nikki” Cristan, beloved mother, wife, queen of dad jokes, top horse girl of the family and master of the eye roll. Born February 10, 1983, in Galveston, Texas and she passed peacefully in her home in Alvin, Texas, on January 26, 2024. The world lost a ray of sunshine as Nikki bid farewell to her earthly adventures and left behind a legacy of unwavering love and cherished memories.
Waiting in heaven for Nikki is our dear friend Holli Hart, niece Leylah Jane Perez, father Dewey Green, Pepaw, John Queen, Honeyma Patricia Valentine, “Grandma Mona” Ramona Mueting and Popo Gabriel Bustamante.
She is survived by her husband, Gilbert Cristan III; her children, Angelina and her husband Marco Hernandez; Anthony and his husband Michael Alford Cristan and Adrian Cristan; the light of her life, granddaughter Elena Hernandez; her parents, Shawn and Valecia Brunkow; mother-in-law, Tilda Bustamante; sisters Amber Brunkow and Rhett Schutze, Aarin Daisy Perez and Kyle Pierce; nieces and nephews Nevaeh, Eric Jr., Nathan, Sirena, Klaire Perez, Aidyn Looney, Astyn Looney, Sophia Schutze. Her bonus kids, Jaxon Foltz and Audrey Castillo and Nikki’s baby dog, Darla. She was a member of the Church of the Fellowship in Texas City.
Nikki’s life was a testament to the profound joy found in motherhood. When asked as a child what she wanted to be when she grew up, Nikki’s answer was always the same: a mother. She met Gilbert Cristan 23 years ago at a Jack in the Box, and it was love at first sight. Angelina, Anthony, and Adrian were her greatest accomplishments, as well as her pride and joy. Nikki's parenting style could be summed up in three words: love, laughter, and you be you. (She would correct you and say, that was 6 words). Affectionately called Ninny by her family, she was best known as Everyone’s Mom. Her home was a sanctuary of warmth and love, where laughter echoed through the halls and hugs were always in abundance. Nikki’s nurturing spirit extended beyond her own children, as she welcomed their friends with open arms, treating them as her own. She never met a stranger and was the funniest person we’ve ever known.
Nikki was a force to be reckoned with, armed with her quick wit in one hand and a sarcastic remark in the other. Her family was extended by lifelong friends who meant the world to her. She leaves behind a trail of laughter, endless love, and an impressive collection of mismatched socks. Nikki had a knack for getting through unique situations, yet somehow, she always managed to find humor in the chaos. As an adult, she went back to college for her Nursing Degree and was hired at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where she ran the Victory Lakes 2nd floor observation unit.
Nikki's legacy lives on in her children, who inherited her quick wit and her uncanny ability to find the silver lining in any situation. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and anyone who had the pleasure of experiencing her infectious laughter.
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