Christine Grace Ochoa Reyes, a woman with many talents, was born in Santa Ana, CA on August 28, 1968, and she who rocked out to alternative music as if Y2K never happened, has checked out of life's grand hotel in Orange, CA on July 13, 2023. Her absence is like the sudden stop of an ’80s power ballad that’s been playing on repeat - noticeable and leaving a craving for more.
Christine, or "Christy" as she was fondly called by her loved ones, had the kind of personality that was as vibrant as a Disneyland parade. She is survived by her husband Marco Reyes, who won the lottery when he married her, and their three treasures: Cesiley, Cameron, and Giuliana Reyes. Her daughters were the apple of her eye, and she was their rock, their guide, their biggest cheerleader, and occasionally, their fashion advisor. She loved her family like she loved her 80s, 90s, and early 2000s music - passionately, dramatically, and on full volume.
Having studied at Santiago Canyon College, Christy earned her Associate in Arts degree and proceeded to earn and collect certificates like they were rare vinyl records - proving that one can be both beautiful and brainy. Her career started young in the Orange Unified School District, where she served as a Child Care Lead for over 25 years. Here, she was less of a leader and more of a rockstar, engaging children with the energy of a rock concert, yet always gave opened arms as if the children were her own - she always had the biggest heart.
After her stint in the school district, Christy decided to take a slightly different career path. In a move that surprised no one, she joined the team at Disneyland. Throughout her tenure, she has been an integral part of Tomorrowland and Downtown Disney, making every day feel like a grand premiere for all her Disney cast, family and friends.
Towards the end of her career, Christy decided to bring her sparkling personality to the Woodbridge Terrace Senior Care Home. Here, as an assistant coordinator, she organized fantastic events for the residents and their families, proving that you're never too old to have a ball! From bingo nights, exercise days, outings out & about on their bus around the city, and Luau parties having them indulge when desserts were ready. She truly was the life of the party in any atmosphere she walked into.
Aside from her professional achievements, Christy was a woman of many hobbies. She was a lover of music who appreciated every genre, though she did have her limits, and country music was it. She was also very creative as an artist in her own way crafting pieces together for her kiddos at work and loved decorating her home for holidays. She dressed up for special occasions, especially for those Halloween parties we all know about. Her love for cooking and baking was known far and wide, with her dishes being a hit at every gathering and BBQ whether it was a small get together or big event. Herself, family and friends, loved planning trips to Laughlin & rumor has it that the river still sparkles even extra bright in her honor.
As the famous comedian, George Carlin once said, "The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live." And Christy, with her great sense of humor, would have been Santa's favorite. Her spirit was as bright and cheerful as the Christmas decorations she loved to display. Often times she outshined the big Reyes Christmas tree. She was a hostess extraordinaire, turning each event into a memorable occasion. She was the kind of person who was as meticulous with her plants as she was with her DVD collection. She loves movies and TV series, especially Rocky Balboa and Star Wars. It’s probably safe to say that she always dreamt of a lightsaber duel with Sylvester Stallone. She was loving, thoughtful, and selfless - a true superstar in the grand concert of life.
In the end, Christine Grace Ochoa left the stage just as she lived - on her own terms and with a bang. She may have left us, but her greatest hits will keep playing in our hearts. Her life was a performance that deserves a standing ovation. So here's to Christy - the rockstar, the comedian, the woman who lived life in high-definition. Who carried her spark with Grace spreading joy, laughter, and love wherever she went. Let’s not forget to continue to love, laugh, and live just as Christy would have want us to & just as she would say, "Crank up the volume and dance!"