OBITUARY

Olivia Ann Kunik

September 10, 1999January 8, 2019

Olivia Ann Kunik, 19, made her final curtain call on Tuesday January 8th, 2019. She leaves behind her heart broken parents, Honey Beuf, Chuck Barnett, Maitland Kunik, and Joanne Kunik, her devoted sister Tess Kunik, her brave brothers Max Kunik and Anthony Martinez-Briggs, and the love of her life, Axel the pug.

She graduated from Niwot High School and was studying early childhood education at the University of Northern Colorado. She loved children as she was a self-described, “Giant Toddler,” and was committed to enriching the lives of young people. Liv was a passionate friend, an animal lover, a brilliant musician, and a yet-to-be-discovered comedienne. She graced, wait….commanded, the halls of The Neighborhood Learning Center, Niwot Elementary, Sunset Middle School and Niwot High School. She sang in choir and performed in the school musicals where her voice was heard distinctly and her facial expressions captured audiences and consistently left them breathless. She was beautiful, spirited, loud, stubborn, uproarious, funny, dramatic, and bursting at the seams with love.

While she struggled with her own deeply profound emotions, she put the health and well-being of anyone in need ahead of her own. She was an advocate for mental health and loved her LGBTQ community. She was sweeter than candy but did not stand for bigotry or hate and wasn’t afraid to say it.

Please join us for a celebration of her life at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Unity of Boulder Church, 2855 Folsom st., Boulder, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Liv’s memory to The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, P.O. Box 17614, Boulder, CO 80308 www.suicidepreventioncolorado.org.

If you cannot make the celebration, here are some recommendations directly from Liv: “Perform a random act of kindness, share your favorite meme, make a prank phone call, sing your favorite song, spin until you are dizzy, make music with pots and pans, stomp on grapes in the bathtub, give names to your body parts (Liv’s pinky toe was Lois), cut your hair and regret it later, see how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop, get a pet rock, decorate it, name it Glenn, and take it for a walk.”

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cristmortuary.com for the family.

Services

19 January

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm

Unity of Boulder Church

2855 Folsom
Boulder, CO 80304

19 January

Reception

Unity of Boulder Church

2855 Folsom St.
Boulder, CO 80304

Immediately following the service
REMEMBERING

Olivia Ann Kunik

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Brianna Wilkerson

January 15, 2019

Livvy, you've impacted so many lives in your short 19 years. You were such a beautiful person inside and out. I walk in to panera and your voice echoes in my head. I can still hear your bubbly self saying "hi welcome to panera!" the second anyone walked in. I was never greeted with anything less than a full smile and a very warm and welcoming hello. I can hear your laugh and every so often I'll do something and just hear you say "bri you're so silly" or "yaasss queen!" Ever since we met I talked about you babysitting my son because of how silly you were... You would have been the best mom. You always loved when i brought him in and always asked about his therapy. Im glad we got to see you one last time on Christmas eve, but I wish I would've hugged you goodbye. Its hard not to dwell on the things I wish I had done. But I hope that you're looking down and see now all the love there is for you. I hope you can feel the warm embrace of that love and I hope that you feel nothing less than that ever again. Until we meet again 💕

Debbe and Steve Kirkpatrick

January 14, 2019

I remember how excited your mom and dad were when they gave us the news they were expecting you. We all came to your baby shower . The day you were born was so special. You were a beautiful baby girl. You are now someone’s guardian angel and will be forever young and forever beautiful.

“. A mother’s love for her child is a special one. It remains unchanged by time or distance. It is the purest love, unconditional and true. It is understanding of any situation and forgiving of any mistake. “

Dale Peterson

January 14, 2019

Most of my memories of Olivia were when she was a first grader in my class. She was spunky, fun, affectionate, and capable. Although we sometimes came head-to-head - yes, she could be stubborn and so can I - there is not a day that I went home not adoring that sweet and endlessly-interesting girl. She came to visit me after graduating from high school, and I was blown away by her confidence, charm, and vivaciousness. When she told me that she wanted to be a teacher of young children, my heart smiled. It made perfect sense.

It was always clear to me that her family knew what a special gem they had in Olivia. They cherished her whimsical, yet passionate, nature, understanding that "taming" Olivia was never the goal. They helped her learn to direct her energy, and it is clear from the stories of others that much of her energy was spent lifting up and encouraging and defending those who are struggling or marginalized.

As for me, she is one of the most unique people I have encountered. She had such a ebullient, beautiful presence that it was a bit like knowing a celebrity, even when she was just 6 years old. We are all terribly shaken by Olivia's passing, but I know her dear family is devastated. I pray comfort and healing for them and all those who mourn her, even though the hole left by Olivia's absence is too large to fill.

Mary Grush

January 14, 2019

To Olivia's dear ones ~

I never had the privilege of knowing Olivia, but her moving tribute in UNC Today makes me wish I could have been blessed to share life with this extraordinary human being. Having raised two daughters, I cannot fathom your pain. But please find some comfort in the assurance that throughout her long journey, and despite its nature, the very deepest place in her soul never ceased basking in your love.

My heart is overflowing with sympathy, and I want you to feel the caring thoughts and support of the UNC community. The very existence of people like Olivia lightens each of our loads, long after they find their peace.

In loving gratitude for sharing her with us,

Mary
(UNC Physics and Astronomy)

Robin Shibles

January 12, 2019

Olivia,

We were far closer in middle school, even closer on those faithful days during our high school year locked away in summer school. I remember we were in choir, must of been either 6th or 7th grade, and there were these really nasty punks giving our accompanist a rough time. Back when I was more squirrely, I stood up for our teacher, raising my voice enough to echo off the walls. The room soon fell silent, the girls scoffed, and I felt myself shrink as they soon berated me as well. But then something happened; I remember you were the next to speak up, shunning those bullies with an oddly perky attitude, your smile still apparent. They never had the guts after that, you made sure those fueled with hate never had a voice, and I found someone to admire — braces and all.

You had a fighting spirit, Liv. I believed you could handle any situation after that. But even the bravest of people, can sadly be the most hurt. I’m so sorry you fought in silence. I’m so sorry you dropped the sword.

Agnes Freese

January 12, 2019

Dear Maitland and family,

We were so saddened to hear of Livie's passing.

I can see her in my mind as a girl standing in front of your house with the sun shining on her hair.

We are so sorry for your loss.

With deepest sympathy,
Tim and Agnes Freese

Emily Weber

January 12, 2019

Olivia, I will never, ever forget the first time I saw you. You came into Panera one night, with the most radiant energy, and ordered a Large Mac and Cheese. I watched your interaction with the cashier and thought to myself “wow, I would hire her in a heartbeat if she applied!”. A week later my shift superior told me she had interviewed this amazing girl and wanted me to do a second interview, when I saw you walk through that door I wanted to jump up and hug you! I knew in my heart you had a place at Panera before the interview was even over and you were SO excited to take the job! It was one of the best decisions of my life because you brought SO much light and love into our lives. We knew if we were working with Liv it was going to be a great time! I remember always having to tell you to get off your phone and to put your hair up because you were so stubborn, but that’s everything that I love about you! I remember you talking about how much you loved your mom, sister and Axel. I will never forget your laugh and your smile and just how truly goofy you were. My favorite thing about you was your interaction with children, you would’ve made the BEST mom and the BEST teacher!! I will always keep “litty” and “alrighty” in my vocabulary, just for you! Thank you for loving me so much, you always made your love known. You were way too beautiful for this world and I hope that you are somewhere surrounded by pugs, glitter and rainbows 🌈 I’ll see you around my sweet girl ❤️

Robert and Cheryl Witmer

January 12, 2019

Livvy,
We remember the first time we heard you sing and we were completely moved and captivated. You have the voice of an angel. We are so sorry you had to leave this earth. You are missed by so many. We are not sure which party we were at but you were playing your ukulele surrounded by friends and having a great time. We know you had your struggles but we never saw them when we saw you; you just delighted us with that sparkling personality of yours.
We love you and will miss you and we promise we will be there for your family---just let us know and we will be there in a moment to take care of them.
Love
Robert and Cheryl

A S

January 12, 2019

Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your dear, Olivia. May your beautiful memories continue to keep you strong and help you through this difficult time.
(Rev. 21:4)

Parker Wittlief

January 12, 2019

Olivia and I met during the darkest time in my life. But she quickly brought so much light into the situation, and into my life, and for that i always thought i owed her everything. I remember seeing her for the first time, with her fire red hair, her ukulele in her hand and she instantly made me smile. We quickly became extremely close, and would spend a lot of time together. She would sing her silly songs to me at the top of her lungs until i stopped crying and started smiling. She would write me goofy letters with silly pictures, and even gave me the cutest, most random nickname. I was her “silly silly tropical fish”.

Olivia had a way of knowing exactly what needed to be done to make someone feel better, and to feel loved. And for that, everyone loved her endlessly. The world is truly missing the most beautiful thing thats ever been in existence. I will miss her with every beat of my heart, and cant wait to see her again. Until then, rest easy beautiful Liv. Thank you for everything you did for me.