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 Tracy Houchins on September 7, 2019
Pi ~ Today we celebrated your last earthly entrance 30 years ago. A great big chocolate chip cookie cake with unicorn decoration. Pink sparkly candles and a birthday song. I Love You, I Miss You and cherish every memory of your laughter. Yes forever missed and always in my
Posted by Tiffany Sowards on September 7, 2019
Love you sweetheart thanks for still looking after Tyler he loves you so
Posted by Mark Ichrist on September 7, 2019
Mountain View CA...30 years ago...miss you every second of every day, daddy
Posted by Tiffany Houchins on June 5, 2019
No words, infinite love shadowed by our collective loss.
Posted by Lori Kasper on June 4, 2019
Remember when you broke your face? I flew up and sat on your bed and rapped “Through the Wire” just to make you half smile and we wrote on the white board cause ya couldn’t talk‍♀️ Remember when your plane tickets got lost in Londonderry and everyone was freaking out? I was secretly happy because the time with my little sister might last a few more days You remember the ridiculous song and dance I made up for us? I still sing it to myself from tome to time because I don’t want to forget it ever You remember getting in trouble while I was visiting because I was trying to snore identically to your grandfather? Man our parents were so mad You remember when I first told you “Ohana”? I do. I remember everythingYou come to see me in my dreams so I know we’re still a team. You send me signs and bring me peace so I know you’re still with me I remember the day my heart broke into a million pieces and somehow, 3 years later I can’t remember how I picked them up and carried on I know you helped me, I know you’re not far and I know you still have my back like I always had and always will have yours It’s okay. You’re okay. I’m okay. My son has some of the best angels on his side and for that, I’m grateful. I remember your beautiful face, I miss your tattoos but most of all I miss your voice Keep visiting, keep me in your heart, don’t ever forget all our memories because I won’t❤️ From this earth to the heavens above Gus, I love you and miss you so much.
Corn Muffins
Posted by Buster Houchins on June 4, 2019
Chelsi, I hope you feel the magic you left for the world to enjoy. Atlas is truly special. I love you, Buster
Posted by Tracy Houchins on June 4, 2019
My beautiful Pi ~ Today I hiked the trail, thinking of you every step of the way. Listening to Explosions and Caspian then onto 80’s pop like our road trip play list. I asked for a sign that you could hear me and as usual you came through. Thank you for the little pink bunny head, my Little Bunny Bun Bun. I know I’ll never stop missing you. It’s just the way it is. I Love You to Inifinity and Beyond today, tomorrow and forever. ✨✨
Posted by Whitney Vaughn on June 4, 2019
Oh babe. The sun is shining bright and its so warm. I know you're here. I see you in all the orange. And think about you every boop.
Love. Love. Love.
Posted by Barbara O'Toole on June 4, 2019
You will always be in our thoughts and heart. You left us a wonderful gift, his name is ATLAS
Posted by Mark Ichrist on June 4, 2019
Chelsi...thinking of you today, just as every other...Love you, Daddy
Posted by Jen Will on March 12, 2019
You are never far from my thoughts. I will never forget your thoughtful, caring, spunky soul. I never told you enough in life how highly I thought of you. Now I tell it to the universe and hope word gets back to you. I love you.
Posted by Kyle Ichrist on November 15, 2018
I miss you to pieces. Love you dearly.
Posted by Mark Ichrist on October 5, 2018
Missing you. Looking at pictures tonight. Daddy
Posted by Todd Houchins on September 8, 2018
I am thinking of you this week with great memories and love.
Posted by Tiffany Sowards on September 7, 2018
Your spirit always lives on with us❤️ We love & miss you.
Posted by Danny C Booker on June 5, 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 June 1, 2018
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 Danny C Booker on September 7, 2017
Happy B-Day Chelsi!!
Posted by Tracy Houchins on September 7, 2017
Chelsi ~ My Daughter, My Heart
Posted by Monique Washington-Jones on June 12, 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 June 5, 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 Tracy Houchins on June 5, 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
Posted by Danny C Booker on June 5, 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 Todd Houchins on June 4, 2017
We love, miss and remember you Chelsi.
Posted by Jen Will on June 4, 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 Tiffany Houchins on April 18, 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 February 20, 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 Gail Jodway on September 7, 2016
Happy Birthday Chelsi. May you rest in the arms of Jesus.
Posted by Jackie Ottoson on September 7, 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 Carole Kasper on September 7, 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 Allison Baker on September 7, 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 Velvet Smith on August 6, 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 July 12, 2016
For you, My beautiful cousin
Posted by Tracy Houchins on June 29, 2016
I forgot to mention, we'll be serving "A Day at the Ballpark" menu!
Posted by Tracy Houchins on June 23, 2016
In case you haven't already heard, Chelsi's Celebration of Life will be...

Thursday July 7, 2016

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 Stella Thepaut on June 20, 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 Robert Thepaut on June 20, 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 Lew Sumpter on June 15, 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 June 14, 2016
Buster and Tracy:
My heartfelt sympathies for your loss. 
God bless Chelsi and your family.
Randy Thurman
Posted by Andrew Wissman on June 13, 2016
Chelsi, be safe and happy, wherever you are!
Posted by Jackie Ottoson on June 12, 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 June 11, 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 Caity K. on June 10, 2016

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 Holly Martin on June 10, 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 Cathy Solan on June 10, 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,
Posted by Lauren McGlothlin on June 10, 2016
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 Kevin Southerland on June 10, 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 Allison Baker on June 10, 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 Maria Petrucci on June 9, 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 Janny Kim on June 9, 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.
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Posted by Tracy Houchins on September 7, 2019
Pi ~ Today we celebrated your last earthly entrance 30 years ago. A great big chocolate chip cookie cake with unicorn decoration. Pink sparkly candles and a birthday song. I Love You, I Miss You and cherish every memory of your laughter. Yes forever missed and always in my
Posted by Tiffany Sowards on September 7, 2019
Love you sweetheart thanks for still looking after Tyler he loves you so
Posted by Mark Ichrist on September 7, 2019
Mountain View CA...30 years ago...miss you every second of every day, daddy
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Chelsi I was recently reminded of the time you traveled to NYC and stayed with me for a couple days.  My apartment at the time was in a building with a restaurant on the ground floor.  The kitchen in that restaurant had a small fire while you were staying with me and we were evacuated by the NYPD.  The fire turned out to be pretty harmless, but we ended up having such a good time catching up and hanging out in a cafe across the street while we watched all the fire trucks come and go.  I wish you hadn’t left us so soon so we could look forward to more of these moments together but I’m glad to have had the chance to share this particular one with you.  

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Shared by Lori Kasper on June 4, 2019

A great friend of mine gave this to me a few weeks after you left this earth and I carry it with me every single day.

This photo is great!!

Shared by Danny C Booker on September 7, 2017

This photo of Chelsi was so catching, I had to research and find the location. While in Asheville last November, I met up with my neice at the Wedge Brewery. She's an artsy fartsy girl and knew she would know. And right off the bat, she did. It's a mural on the wall in Chicken Alley, downtown Asheville. Located at the intersection of Woodfin Street and Chicken Alley.


Shared by Faith Ellis on June 15, 2016

Chelsi and I lived in downtown Frederick together for a bit...and attended Paul Mitchell together. Among the many fun things...weird things...and memories i have stored away...i wont ever forget walking around the streets of little Frederick Maryland...making Wookie calls to eachother..