Your Hand in Mine
  • 26 years old
  • Born on September 7, 1989 in Mountain View, California, United States.
  • Passed away on June 4, 2016 .

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved, Chelsi Ann Ichrist, 26, born on September 7, 1989 and left us on June 4, 2016.   Daughter, granddaughter,, sister, niece, cousin, friend, soulmate ~ You are missed more than words could ever express.  Your wit, intelligence, creativity through music and writing, beauty and love are forever in our hearts.  We love you until eternity.

Posted by Danny C Booker on 5th June 2018
It's been 2 years since I felt the pain of someone passing on the AT. A place where many of us find solstice!! We will never forget!!
Posted by Jen Will on 1st June 2018
Chelsi? I need to know what it is you're trying to tell me. Please find a way to make it crystal. I know you're out there. I feel that pull, still a magnet, like you always were. It's been hard having faith in this fight. I could really use your guidance.
Posted by Tracy Houchins on 7th September 2017
Chelsi ~ My Daughter, My Heart
Posted by Danny C Booker on 7th September 2017
Happy B-Day Chelsi!!
Posted by Monique Washington-Jones on 12th June 2017
Dearest Chelsi, You are missed and beautiful memories of you are shared by many. We are blessed to have your loved ones surround us as a constant reminder of you.... continue to shine through each of them. xoxo
Posted by Joyce Houchins on 5th June 2017
This day can never be a happy one for those of us who love and honor you; you left us in such a way that all we could do was try to figure what we should have/might have done or said to contribute to another choice. But we remember you joyfully, if painfully, for in our sorrow we pray for your soul's peace and joy. Such a unique soul; you defied description or total understanding. You were an enigma. Spreading joy and light while enveloped in darkness and pain. I reread every offering to remind myself how many lives you touched and how many people you cheered, encouraged, and gave energy to in your brief life. I know you were called away for some very special purpose which will become clear to us one day. Spread your beautiful wings and fly free and good luck and much love to you in your next life mission. Thank you for joy you shared and love you gave.
Posted by Danny C Booker on 5th June 2017
Bring a lover of the trail, I think about your passing almost daily. I know there could have been some way to help rid you of your inner pain.
Posted by Tracy Houchins on 5th June 2017
Chelsi ~ My Dear Dear Heart, I made it ~ a whole year without you. We are all holding you in our hearts where you'll be forever more. I Love and miss you so much. Please keep showing me the way. All My Love, Your Ma oxoxo
Posted by Jen Will on 4th June 2017
I love you lady. I always have. Your loss has been hard to cope with. I haven't been able to stop thinking about you. I don't think you ever realized how much you meant to me. I'm sorry about that. I miss you. I hope you are fulfilled, wherever you are.
Posted by Todd Houchins on 4th June 2017
We love, miss and remember you Chelsi.
Posted by Tiffany Houchins on 18th April 2017
I got the message and I'm taking your Mom to see Explosions in the Sky tomorrow night. Please rain down love and light upon us, your absence leaves a void I have no way of ever filling.
Posted by Chilly Parker on 20th February 2017
I did not know Chelsi but did know she was a sister-hiker. In the hiking community, we are all bonded by nature, respect and love. I was hiking my 2016 AT thru hike when word had traveled on the trail about our loss of a fellow hiker. My thoughts were of Chelsi all day as the news passed through me like a strong set of waves that keep reminding me , even now, of how quickly tides can turn. I am so sorry for your loss. I have learned so much from the trail. What I know now is that we are never really gone, just repurposed. Chelsi is with you all in so many ways. I hope your hearts are filled with the love that Chelsi gave you and continues to give you. Most sincerely, Chilly
Posted by Jackie Ottoson on 7th September 2016
Tracy and the entire extended family, You are in our thoughts and prayers on this day you are celebrating Chelsi's birth and life. You all hold such a special place in our hearts. Love to all. Jackie and Paul Ottoson
Posted by Gail Jodway on 7th September 2016
Happy Birthday Chelsi. May you rest in the arms of Jesus.
Posted by Allison Baker on 7th September 2016
Chelsi Ann Ichrist you lived up to your name! lol. We raised hell together and now you rest with Angels. We were rebels with different causes for over a decade but I still remember you like it's the first day of 7th grade. Love you always, Mama!
Posted by Carole Kasper on 7th September 2016
Happy 27th Birthday in Heaven...our beautiful angel! You are missed today and everyday! I envision you with your Grandma celebrating a beautiful birthday week! Loved by all of us!
Posted by Velvet Smith on 6th August 2016
Dear Tracy: I have not had the honor to meet Chelsi but have heard of your love and appreciation for her through you during my Reiki trainings. I know you are loving and strong. I know you will get through this with the love of surrounding family and friends. You, Chelsi and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Lori Kasper on 12th July 2016
For you, My beautiful cousin
Posted by Tracy Houchins on 29th June 2016
I forgot to mention, we'll be serving "A Day at the Ballpark" menu!
Posted by Tracy Houchins on 23rd June 2016
In case you haven't already heard, Chelsi's Celebration of Life will be... Thursday July 7, 2016 4:00-8:00pm Open House style with open mic. Please bring your song, music or favorite Chelsi story. We'll have a special celebration of Chelsi at 7:00 and of course pizza will be offered. Come as you are and stay as long as you like. We hope you'll help celebrate the Love, Light and Laughter that was Chelsi Ann Ichrist. Howard County Conservancy 10520 Old Frederick Rd, Woodstock, MD 21163 Your RSVP is appreciated but not necessary.
Posted by Robert Thepaut on 20th June 2016
Tracy, Buster, Mark and family, I am deeply saddened by your tragic loss. I always seen Chelsi with great smiles, joyful, vibrant and full of energy. A very colorful, artist and loving person will be missed. May those beautiful yesterdays always remain in your heart, and your sorrow gently fade away.
Posted by Stella Thepaut on 20th June 2016
I have had such an opportunity in knowing you, Which I had never dreamed of... And I blossomed into a thousand flowers, and I leave you With the fragrance of thankfulness. ~Author unknown Dearest Chelsi, Such a precious time we shared together; as children we were little dreamers. I am so happy to have known you, and I am so thankful that you shared your beautiful light with so many amazing people. There is still so much we can dream. PS. I met your son Atlas for the first time in May, he is a little love.. I promise to be one of the many people who will love Atlas and share stories with him about his beautiful mummila.
Posted by Lew Sumpter on 15th June 2016
Chelsi, you inspired these words. And without even knowing you the answer to the question is yes I can hear you. It Talks To Me From the lush Appalachians and the Blue Ridge to the snow capped spires of the Rockies and the Cascades, the Spirit of the Mountains talk to me. From the wolves and coyotes howling, to the roar of a mountain lion or the grunt of a bear, the Spirit of the Mountains talk to me From a fish breaking water in a mountain lake, to the sight of an eagle or a hawk flying in high in ever expanding circles, the Spirit of the Mountains talk to me To see a sunrise bring a valley meadow to life or the setting sun turn a snow capped peak bright orange as if on fire, the Spirit of the Mountains talk to me My sunrises and sunsets have come to pass, the peace of the mountains have embraced me, and I realize I am one with the Spirit of the Mountains. Can you hear me talking to you?
Posted by Randy Thurman on 14th June 2016
Buster and Tracy: My heartfelt sympathies for your loss. God bless Chelsi and your family. Randy Thurman
Posted by Andrew Wissman on 13th June 2016
Chelsi, be safe and happy, wherever you are!
Posted by Jackie Ottoson on 12th June 2016
Hello Tracy, Buster, Mark and family. Our hearts are so full, heavy and breaking for you. We are so sorry to hear of Chelsi's passing. We remember Chelsi's light and spirit so very fondly. We are sending each huge hugs. Be good to each other. Love you. Jackie, Paul, Nic and Darby Ottoson
Posted by Shari Stenborg on 11th June 2016
Tracy, Mark, Buster, Our hearts are broken for you. Although I did not get to know the grown up Chelsi, I remember that little girl in the gingham dress very well. We love you and know you are all in our prayers. Shari & Walt
Posted by Allison Baker on 10th June 2016
This hit hard. Holy damn. I'm not going to act like we were close in the recent past. We've been rebels on different wavelengths for a decade now. Still, this is really hard. Big Red, Juicy Fruit, and Bubblicious forever. Rest in love, Chewi.
Posted by Kevin Southerland on 10th June 2016
I want to pretend that this is not the truth. I want to talk to you longer. I want to know what pain it was and take it away. The unfortunate truth is that I cannot. I loved who you were, and you impacted my life greatly. We only had Facebook chat and chat, but I knew you.. I knew about you.. I felt your spirit. your light. You made me smile and few have the ability to truly do that. You were a icon in my eyes.. a "goddess" You could bake, loved food, played video games, and were generous and caring (incredible). You gave me stories of your life. You inspired me in the face of everything that has already beset me. That one day that you asked if I would get on chat and just watch you sleep because it was comforting for you. Just to have someone understand me and try to actually know and understand my pain/struggle/life was above and beyond. You were a true friend, and as I continue on through life I will never forget you. Chelsi you made light in many peoples darkness. You are more than this world. You are my friend, and I hope we get to see the tree .. you grow and explode with lush colors and STRONG roots. <3 forever.
Posted by Lauren McGlothlin on 10th June 2016
Chelsi, I know we didn't really stay in touch past the beginning of high school, but I will always remember how creative and sweet you are and how much fun we had when we hung out! We were both the new kids at GCS and I remember we clicked instantly at orientation. You called me "Laloo" and I remember you taught me how to dance. We tried to rehearse a rendition of "Ice ice baby" for the talent show (how come we never performed it?!) and I remember when we tried to watch Donnie Darko once but ended up mistakenly renting Donnie Brasco. There's so many things I remember! I wish I kept in touch with you. You have definitely impacted countless people's lives. Lots of love, Lauren
Posted by Cathy Solan on 10th June 2016
Dearest Tracy, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Chelsi and my heart aches for you. I hope you will look to and find comfort in the spirit and strength of the horse as you have before. They are great healers as you know. Chelsi is at peace now and she will always be with you in her own way. "Do not stand by my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints upon the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain and I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am that swift uplifting rush, Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand by my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die." Author ~ Unknown With Love, Cathy
Posted by Holly Martin on 10th June 2016
To Chelsi's family and friends -- Our deepest condolences on your loss. We met Chelsi once at our son's and we enjoyed spending time with her. Her enthusiasm and sense of humor were contagious. My son will miss her very much. Prayers that you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Posted by Caity K. on 10th June 2016
Chelsi, We were Jew Crew ("Challah!"). We were the kids who asked the French teacher if he was a dancer. You made me a plaque in your art class to commemorate my grandfather when he died. We had code names in our top secret notebook with Cristina. I still have your drawings, that long note you wrote me on how to talk to that guy I was crushing on. Always wise beyond your years. Ever one of THE most vibrant, bright, brilliant and beautiful souls I've encountered. I'm honored to have been your high school friend. I was so looking forward to reuniting with you on the 4th of July at my dad's cookout. I always thought I would see you again, sweet girl. Like, we were JUST FB chatting a few weeks ago. And now... I just don't know how to process a world without you somewhere out there in it. I love you, Chelsi. You'll never know how many lives you touched.
Posted by Bryce Goebel on 9th June 2016
Lovely Chelsi, I am grateful beyond words for the time I was able to spend with you at the 2015 Reiki retreat. You made an indelible mark on my heart, and probably didn't even know it. We laughed and joked about your style versus the style of the venue. I loved your open vulnerable heart, and your love for your Mom. I felt like I had reconnected to a long lost sister. You're going to show the angels how to do it with style. And remind those of us left behind to be true to ourselves. Shine on Sweet Chelsi. For Tracy, Buster, Atlas and your friends and family, you're held in my heart and prayers.
Posted by Janny Kim on 9th June 2016
I remember her spirit and her energy. She was a great person to be around. With dyed hair and glittery eye shadow in middle. I hope you are at peace and will always keep you in my thoughts.
Posted by Anna Miller on 9th June 2016
Chelsi, You were one of the most beautiful souls I will ever encounter. You were one of my dearest friends in high school and even though you were younger than me, I always looked up to you. I will always cherish my memories of us making music together, goofing off, and just generally supporting each other through the maze of adolescence. I'm sorry we didn't see each other more as the years passed, but I was always happy when we would check in with each other to share a remembered song or give an update on our own adventures. You left us too soon, I only wish I could have seen you one more time to see the amazing woman I know you had become. Love forever you crazy kid, Anna
Posted by Mark Ichrist on 9th June 2016
Dear Tracy, Buster...Marta, Mark, Kyle & Evan.... What is lovely never dies, But passes into other loveliness. ~ Thomas Bailey Aldrich How I wish, and yearn for, the ability to comfort each of you, somehow...some way. I believe the words of Aldrich, above, to be quite true...Chelsi was, and shall remain, lovely to so many, in numerous realms... Obviously, there is great pain and despair, now that she has passed in a physical manner - but also great hope and promise, in that she will always be with you in the multitude of memories she authored, in the power of her spirit, to be with you during the darkest night, the brightest day.... I pray that you will continue, forever, to feel and experience Chelsi's presence in all of the unique and extraordinary ways that characterize her life - a song...a scent...a favorite walking path...the sight of a Baltimore Oriole, perched high above...a gentle breeze across your cheek on a still and quiet afternoon....a little bundle of wildflowers asserting their will within a field where such wouldn't be expected to flourish... Please know that we are always here for you; that there is no "closing time" - here to listen, here to cry with you, to laugh in beautiful memory with you, to hold hands in eternal hope and thanksgiving of every wondrous moment that God bestowed upon us in Chelsi.....we love you very much !! The Bloom / Young Family Luke, Jake, Abbie, Jaime & Rick
Posted by Christine Kiesinger on 9th June 2016
I have not left you… In my dying…I’ve not left you. I am here, there, I am everywhere. I am closer to you than your own… Breath. So Look for me. Listen for me. Feel me. Look for me in the vibrant amber glow of the sunset stretched across the sky at dusk. Look for me in the snow that falls silver white and silent under a moonlit sky. Look for me in the quick expression of a smile that touches you, or in the subtle way Atlas raises his eyebrows or reaches for your hand. Look for me as I move across the hazy terrain of your dreams—and know… ”I am with you.” Listen for me in the sound of a spring rain against a tin roof. Hear me in the sound of children’s playground laughter. Listen for me in the music that became an important thread in vibrant tapestry that connected us. Listen for me in all of the wisdom you shall encounter along your path—as it’s my way of continuing to be with you. Most of all, listen for me in the private space of your interior world for it is there, deep inside of you, that you will hear my voice. “I have not left you.” Feel me in all of the remarkable occasions left to unfold. Feel my Presence as the long silver knife slices through all of the wedding cakes…. Feel me with you as each graduation cap is tossed into the air. Feel my light in the candlelit flame of future birthday cakes…feel me beside you during long walks down crooked paths…feel me in the crashing waves of the ocean…and in the salty warmth of sea air. Feel me in the tender and awesome moments of future births and deaths and all other transitions marked by joy and by pain— for even in your suffering… ”I hover so close.” In my dying…I’ve not left you. I am here, there, I am everywhere. I am closer to you than your own… Breath. So Look for me. Listen for me. Feel me. Dear God—by your grace, may all who love Chelsi seek to look, listen, and feel her Presence in their lives -----trusting that although no longer here in physical form, her Spirit remains present and alive…nothing changes that. Nothing changes that. And so it is. Amen. ~by Christine E. Kiesinger
Posted by Kristen Wavle on 9th June 2016
Tracy, Know that Chelsi was one of those rare souls that had an impact on everyone around her. She will stay in my heart forever. Kristen
Posted by Marta Contwor on 9th June 2016
I remember the wedding day of Rick and Julie and how much fun we had droping things out of your bathroom window at them but you taught me how to accept me for me and I will always be grateful for that. You are still here with us because I truly believe only our Physical bodies goes. Love Always.
Posted by Maria Petrucci on 9th June 2016
Tracy, so sorry to hear. I feel certain that you know or will know where to place Chelsi's passing in the context of her/your spiritual purpose. Still, I know grieving is inevitable and healing. Sending you light and love and peace.
Posted by Toné Jackson on 9th June 2016
I'm honestly at a loss for words....you were there for the darkest of times, to share your smile, laugh and great sense of humor. You were there for the brightest of times cheering me on, a supportive friend, and forever my sister and a great spirit and energy m to all that embraced you. Endless card games, singing in the streets, riding bikes on gorgeous days, and even when it rained. You helped me in more ways than you realize, you knew me in my darkest moments of life, you never judged, and always supported myself and those around you. Thank you for being a truly a one of kind spirit I'm blessed to call family. We may of not talked for a little while due to life's highs and lows, but you never left my thoughts, memories, and heart. RIP Chelsi Ann Ichrist, I know your watching over us all as a guardian angel filled with more spirit and personality than a whole packed concert. Love and miss you beautiful, you'll forever be missed and always celebrated.
Posted by Lynn Burnopp on 9th June 2016
Tracy and Family, I am so deeply saddened and hurt to hear of Chelsi's passing. The loss of a child is something no one can understand that hasn't gone through it. My heart breaks for you all. I love and miss you all. Much love to you Tracy. My prayers continue for you and the family. I feel blessed to have known Chelsi and to spend some family time with her. Love and Hugs! Lynn
Posted by Nikie Fialdini on 9th June 2016
Aw Chels... You were loved by so many people. I never told you that you inspire me. So thank you. Sleep soundly, beautiful.
Posted by Eleni Khan on 8th June 2016
Chelsi, I only knew you a short time. Met you at the reiki retreat and instantly connected. In Sedona, I tried to reach out as much as I could to offer a loving ear and support. Something in my being told me to just give you love in any way you would be open to it. I never saw this coming. I reached out to you not too long ago and got the privilege of a brief conversation. I'm so happy that I reached out to let you know you were on my mind and that you were very happy to hear that. I know you knew how loved you were by everyone especially your family. And I remember how much love and light you shined so bright. I always had this feeling that I was supposed to believe in you- something great about you- who you wanted to be, who you didn't know you were, and who you were to become- an angel <3 I still believe in you Chelsi. I believe in your journey and the ever expanded being that you are without any limitations. Only love, sister <3 I pray that you know this now- how much love you are <3 I know that you do <3 love always <3
Posted by Susan Shaw on 8th June 2016
Chelsi I did not know you, but I know your mom and those smiles are the same and so infectious. I remember meeting Atlas when he was a tiny babe and thought what a beautiful gift to the world. As you live with us in spirit he will spread your love. "...he grabbed my finger and looked me directly in the eye as if saying "It's you and me Nonna". Light, Love and Prayers to all.
Posted by Anne Todd on 8th June 2016
My Dear Tracy, I am so sad to hear of your loss. I am keeping you and yours in my prayers. Sending you light and love and reiki
Posted by Phil Cromer on 8th June 2016
Tracy and family, cathie and I are deeply saddened by your loss, having first meeting Chelsi as an infant when you lived in Ca. We feel your loss, losing a child is I'm sure not easy. May she be blessed in the presence of our Lord and Rest in peace. Love you Blessings, Phil and Cathie Cromer
Posted by Abby Thouin on 8th June 2016
She Let Go She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go. She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right. She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go. She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go. No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go. There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that. In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore. ~Safire Rose Peace, Hari Om, Om Tat Sat - Namaste, Abby Thouin
Posted by William Kasper on 8th June 2016
In paradisum deducant te angeli, in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere aeternam habeas requiem. May the angels lead you into paradise, may the martyrs receive you in your coming, and may they guide you into the holy city, Jerusalem. May the chorus of angels receive you and with Lazarus once poor may you have eternal rest. REQUIEM aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen. ETERNAL rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen. With love and prayers, from Billy, Angela, Jude, & Bernadette

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