As someone who had a passion for discovering the history of others, it is no wonder that Christie Haynes wanted to leave a long legacy of her own-98 years is a full life. During her life, Christies found pleasure and developed talents for many things, particularly learning, educating, and helping others discover their family histories.
Christie LaVerne Hermansen was born on March 3, 1917 in Preston, Nevada to Nettie and Christian Hermansen, Jr. As a young girl she developed a love of reading and later went on to attend Utah State University and University Nevada, Reno where she earned a degree in education-not something a lot of women did at that time.
On February 21, 1942, Christie married Reginald Scott Haynes. Together, they lived in Ely, Nevada for twenty-three years, before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada with their four children: Richard, Connie, Paul, and Pattie. Christie was also a loving stepmother to her stepson, Mike Haynes.
Christie’s love of reading and teaching stayed with her for the duration of her life and she was a very devoted educator. Often, some of her students would arrive to school hungry, as their parents could not afford breakfast. When she discovered this, she started bringing loaves of bread and bananas with her to school each morning, so that her students would not have to learn on empty stomachs.
Once she retired, Christie continued to share her love of books by teaching adults to read. Well into her 90’s, Christie was a also adept with computers and would frequently e-mail friends and family members-something her grandchildren would often brag about.
Along with learning and educating, Christie loved helping others put together the pieces of their family trees. She volunteered for many years at the Family History Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also loved researching her own genealogy and eventually became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution after the age of 95.
Christie Haynes passed away peacefully on her wedding anniversary, February 21, 2015 (officially recorded as February 22), in the company of her two loving daughters. She is survived by four of her five children: Richard Haynes (Marilyn), Connie Price (Sherman), Paul Haynes (Laurie), and Pattie Heaton (Russ), as well as 19 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. Christie’s stepson, Mike (Karen), passed away in 2013 as did her step great-grandson, Ryan Horne in 2014.
Her family would like to thank er many doctors and the kind professionals at Nathan Adelson Hospice. Christie Haynes was cherished by many and will be missed.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 11:00 am at Black Mountain Stake Center, 400 S Water Street, Henderson, NV 89015. The viewing will be directly before at 10:00 am.