OBITUARY

Kristine Marie Guilbeaux

September 13, 1963March 8, 2019
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Kristine Marie Guilbeaux, 55, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2019 in her home in Cedar Park, Texas.

Lil’ Bit, as she was affectionately referred to by her late father-in-law, was a true Austinite born in Austin on September 13, 1963. She graduated from Texas State University with a BS in Criminal Justice and then received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Kristi worked for the State of Texas for over 25 years until she retired to pursue other interests.

Kristi began a beautiful love affair with Gary Guilbeaux over 16 years ago and they were married on November 29, 2006 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She had the most beautiful smile and was loved by many that described her as spirited, strong, independent, positive, radiant, warm, intelligent and caring. She was a member of the Lord of Life Lutheran Church and had a special love for furry animals. Before her illness progressed, she enjoyed bicycling, exercise, getting together with family and friends, and dancing all night long. In addition to her husband Gary, she is survived by step-daughters Lauren Guilbeaux and Sarah, Megan Guilbeaux, her furry children Oz, Ziggy, Lexie, and Marina, parents Morris and Effie Kostoff, mother-in-law Olivia and Bay (Deceased) Guilbeaux, siblings Sherrie Hafner and Marc, Matt Kostoff and Rosemary, Terrie Kostoff and David Williams, and Mark Kostoff and Heather, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Her beloved pet Willow passed away a year ago.

A memorial service celebrating Kristi's life will be at 4:00 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville, Texas.

In lieu of flowers as expressions of sympathy, please consider Memorial Contributions in Kristi’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org/donate) to support further pancreatic cancer research.

  • FAMILY

  • In addition to her husband Gary, Kristi is survived by step-daughters Lauren Guilbeaux and Sarah, Megan Guilbeaux, her furry children Oz, Ziggy, Lexie, and Marina, parents Morris and Effie Kostoff, mother-in-law Olivia and Bay (Deceased) Guilbeaux, siblings Sherrie Hafner and Marc, Matt Kostoff and Rosemary, Terrie Kostoff and David Williams, and Mark Kostoff and Heather, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Her beloved pet Willow passed away a year ago.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Monday, March 18, 2019
REMEMBERING

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Karrie King

March 19, 2019

Yes, heaven has gained another angel. I had the privilege of sharing elementary classes and high school with this little angel...also blessed to enjoy her beautiful smile and gentle kind spirit at the Wooldridge reunion a little over a year ago. She was a gift to many and now she has gone home to hear her Fathers voice saying "Well done thy good and faithful daughter." She is happy!

Catherine Gerber

March 18, 2019

A star shines upon us from Heaven now, and there is our Dear Kristi, watching us with Willow, Bay and others from above. During her short time on Earth, LilBit epitomized Ralph Waldo Emerson’s, “Success.” Her contagious smile and stalwarth convictions made an impression on all who met her. No doubt she’s organized a dog training program already! Kristi was the sister that I always wanted. We laughed, played wiiiii, took the dogs on walks, had deep conversations, and Kristi was steadfastly genuine. The only photograph I have displayed in my home is a wedding picture of a Kristi and Gary. They taught us that love is pure. Kristi’s presence will continue to be felt, and her love for her family, friends and furries is one to be celebrated as we await reconnecting with her over The Rainbow Bridge. I love you, Kristi.

Andrea Smith

March 17, 2019

Don't remember a time in my childhood that Kristi wasn't in it. We shared a lot of classes together and she was always a happy and helpful friend. Several years ago we had a class reunion and it was just like where we left off from school. My heart is breaking losing one of the kindest souls in the world. God has definitely gained an Angel. God bless her family in this time of grief.

Lisa Davis

March 17, 2019

I teach meditation at the Yoga Meditation Group. I met Kristi in July of 2018 after she had begun an experimental treatment for her illness. She had been told that meditation would help the medication be more effective. I was impressed that her doctors knew this (meditation puts the nervous system into parasympathetic mode, which allows the body to heal), and I was inspired by her dedication to do whatever she could for her healing. She came regularly all that fall and loved it. She was sincere and earnest, and it was a privilege for me to know her. It’s rare to meet someone who is so aware of our short span on this earth and is living accordingly, making every day count. Towards the end of February, I hadn’t seen her for a couple of months, so I messaged her to see how she was. Gary replied and told me she would be leaving this world soon and told me how much the meditation had meant to her. He said he had been playing the CD we had given her to soothe her. Thank you, Gary, for being such a loving and supportive husband to Kristi. I will never forget either of you and the love you two shared. 💜🙏🏼

Patty Schulze

March 14, 2019

Prayers for strength and comfort for family and friends in this most difficult time. I understand the deep sorrow and how much her beautiful smile will be missed.

Janie Bortness

March 13, 2019

Dear Ones... There are no words. .my heart is with yours as you go through this time...so glad my sister Carolyn n I got to meet this vivacious woman last summer. Generous and kind to a fault. May she be at peace. Sending love and prayers to all the family...
Your cousin Janie

Mike Fanucchi

March 12, 2019

It is difficult to find the words to say in this situation.
Kristine's suffering is over and she is now in the best place she can be. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family, including the fury ones.

Mike

Joyce St. John-Gilder

March 12, 2019

Kristi was a client of mine for years, we shared lots of good times when she would come in for services. I will NEVER forget her Beautiful Smile & that Contagious Laugh. Gary would always drop her off and wait or come back for her, when we were finished, she adored Gary.
I was so sadden to hear the news of her passing, RIP Sweet Angel. God Bless each of you, just remember the great times you all shared... 🙏🏻

Sheila Mason

March 12, 2019

I didn't know her personally but have known her husband for 33 years. May she RIP.

Kate Layman

March 12, 2019

I am so saddened to hear of Kristi’s passing. She supervised me during my MSSW internship with the Department of State Health Services, and the next year reached out to ask me to apply for a position on her team at the Department of Aging and Disability Services. While I worked for her she took an active interest in my goals and went out of her way to provide me opportunities to grow professionally. I can honestly say I would not be where I am were it not for her. On a personal level, Kristi was kind and upbeat, and worked very hard to make our workplace fun and enjoyable. She spoke often of her friends and family, and my prayers are with all of you during this time. Kristi led an impactful life and will be remembered by many.

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Kristi's beautiful smile was evident from the very beginning

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Sisters Sherrie and Terrie and Brothers Matt and Mark

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Member of the National Champion Lanier High School Vikette Drill Team in 1981

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High School friend, Tracy, who not only introduced her to me, but met her future husband the same night.

Biography

Kristine Marie Guilbeaux, 55, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2019 in her home in Cedar Park, Texas.

Lil’ Bit, as she was affectionately referred to by her late father-in-law, was a true Austinite born in Austin on September 13, 1963. She graduated from Texas State University with a BS in Criminal Justice and then received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Kristi worked for the State of Texas for over 25 years until she retired to pursue other interests.

Kristi began a beautiful love affair with Gary Guilbeaux over 16 years ago and they were married on November 29, 2006 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

She had the most beautiful smile and was loved by many that described her as spirited, strong, independent, positive, radiant, warm, intelligent and caring. She was a member of the Lord of Life Lutheran Church and had a special love for furry animals. Before her illness progressed, she enjoyed bicycling, exercise, getting together with family and friends, and dancing all night long.

In addition to her husband Gary, she is survived by step-daughters Lauren Guilbeaux and Sarah, Megan Guilbeaux, her furry children Oz, Ziggy, Lexie, and Marina, parents Morris and Effie Kostoff, mother-in-law Olivia and Bay (Deceased) Guilbeaux, siblings Sherrie Hafner and Marc, Matt Kostoff and Rosemary, Terrie Kostoff and David Williams, and Mark Kostoff and Heather, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Her beloved pet Willow passed away a year ago.

A memorial service celebrating Kristi's life will be at 4:00 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville, Texas.

In lieu of flowers as expressions of sympathy, please consider Memorial Contributions in Kristi’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org/donate) to support further pancreatic cancer research.