Cristina Alvy Memorial

Cristina Alvy February 11, 1954 – November 27, 2015

Cris was born in New York City on February 11, 1954, and passed away in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, on November 27, 2015. The cancer that ended her life couldn’t touch her soul and those of us who knew her during the few short years she lived in Pagosa Springs will never forget the spirited, generous and amazing woman who came to be our friend and neighbor in the mountains of Colorado.

Cris was a graduate of City College of New York and worked as managing librarian for two prominent New York law firms before she retired. As Cris was such a private person, few knew she was one of the last persons to exit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, having been there on business that morning. Even fewer were aware that Cris was an accomplished recital pianist and played for hours on the baby grand piano her husband, Joe, bought her for Christmas one year.

Cris loved life. She loved vacations, semi-precious stones and plain rocks, and loved her animals, especially cows. When Cris passed away she and Joe had a menagerie of four dogs, many turtles, a variety of lizards, exotic frogs and a tarantula.

Most of all Cris loved her beloved “Joey” whom she met when she was 16 years of age and married on September 14, 1974. Although they owned a condo in Arizona for 8 years, Pagosa Springs drew them to the mountains of Colorado and they bought property at Alpine Lakes Ranch in 1999. Cris and Joe dreamed of retiring here in Colorado where they could go camping, hiking and exploring. They were both fans of Pink Floyd and like it alludes to in one of their well known songs, High Hopes, there is an illusion of time and life is in control. Their dream would not be realized when Cris was diagnosed with cancer in January 2012.

Cris valued her dignity and felt that cancer patients should be treated, not special, but with respect. She commented often that it was difficult for her to travel so far to Farmington, NM, and back for chemotherapy – often feeling sick on the way over and even sicker on the return trip. She wanted others with cancer to not go through this. When she passed her friends, Dr. Peter and Amy Dziad, initiated the Cris Alvy Memorial Oncology Fund with the purpose of honoring Cris and helping establish oncology and chemotherapy services in Pagosa Springs.

Cris was a fierce and loyal friend – she is missed.

Click below to make a contribution to the Oncology Fund in memory of Cristina Alvy.

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