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 Todd Houchins on September 7, 2021
We sure do miss you. 
Posted by Nathan Jaffe on September 7, 2021
Happy Birthday, Chels.

L’Shanah Tova!

See you on the other side (many years from now), my dearest friend.
Posted by Jen Will on September 7, 2021
The earth is not a cold dead place, because on this day you were born. Knowing you and losing you has been such growth. Hope youre still growing wherever you are. Miss ya.
Posted by Mark Ichrist on September 7, 2021
Have a peaceful day, Daddy
Posted by Danny C Booker on September 7, 2021
Happy B-Day Chelsi!! Hope all is well!! Slainte!!
Posted by Joyce Houchins on June 8, 2021
Chelsi, it’s been a rough five years for all those you left behind. Your beautiful, loving little son has accepted your Momma as his own. They seem to always be doing happy things together. He is loved by so many people; many you know, many you don’t. I hope you are at peace, whatever state you are in. I still wish there could have been something any of us could have said or done while you were so vulnerable to change the outcome! You are loved, and you are missed. Be at peace; be blessed.
Posted by Pam Bruck on June 4, 2021
Thinking of you all during this sad anniversary. Forever remembered. Forever missed.
Posted by Andrea Hylen on June 4, 2021
Thinking of you all on this 5th year anniversary.

May you be happy.
May you be peaceful.
May you be free from suffering.
May you have inner peace and ease.

Much love, Andrea
Posted by Kevin Southerland on June 4, 2021
I miss you my friend.
I am having a hard time today finding any words.
I miss you.
Posted by Jen Will on June 4, 2021
This is the first year this day hasn't been something looming... I'm not sure how to feel about that. You were such an incredible light and you're still traveling just as fast. Wish you'd have stayed.
Posted by Danny C Booker on June 4, 2021
Another year and you're still in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Joyce Houchins on September 8, 2020
Your beautiful boy looks so much like you that I feel I get to see you sometimes in his eyes and his smile. You would be so proud! Atlas is a delightful child: bright, curious, kind, generous and loving. 
Posted by Danny C Booker on September 7, 2020
Happy B-Day Chelsi!! A year hasn't passed they you were in our thoughts and prayers!! Slainte!!
Posted by Andrea Hylen on September 7, 2020
Happy Birthday, Chelsi. Know that you are remembered and loved through your ancestors. Lighting a candle and burning incense with prayers for you today in the Central Fire in Nature outside of Seattle.

Thinking of you all on Chelsi's Birthday. Hugs and love to you.
Posted by Lew Sumpter on September 7, 2020

I didn't know you personally, but through your mom I found out we have the love of mountains in common! I'm surrounded by the mountains that you loved! Every now and then, when I look at them and think of the poem I wrote, I invariably think of you. I'm pretty sure the Spirit of the Mountains is talking to me when that happens :-) ! I wanted to let you know that YOU are the reason that a lot of good things have happened, even to people, whose lives you didn't even know you touched. Be at peace!
Posted by Alison Taylor on September 6, 2020
Hey sweet girl, it's our birthday in 45 minutes...yours and mine: September 7, 1989. I remember the weekend I found out you left us. I rode a bike for miles, stopping to cry and trying to breathe and eventually making it to the house where I was couch surfing and curling up into a ball for hours. I wish I had come to see you when I was in South Carolina. I'm so sorry I didn't. I wish we could have had more time together. Just know I'm doing a lot better than I was then...I'm kicking ass, and you are on my mind when I'm fighting as hard as I can to give this life purpose. Thank you for being with me when I am sad and weak and hurting, and for being a reason to keep going. Much love.
Posted by Pam Holder McMahon on June 4, 2020
Wherever you are , Chelsi, I see you shining your dynamic Light, illuminating everything around you. Atlas carries that Light and blesses all of us who know him. We miss you and will carry you always in our hearts along with our deep gratitude for rescuing us at Mago 4 years ago. Infinite Blessings in the ONEness.......Pam and Donald T
Posted by Buster Houchins on June 4, 2020
Chelsi, I pray you are watching Atlas. There could not be a more beautiful legacy to your life. Love, Buster
Posted by Andrea Hylen on June 4, 2020
Thinking of you all.

Much love, Andrea
Posted by Mark Ichrist on June 4, 2020
Caught a quick glimpse of your devilish grin in Atlas over the weekend when he was messing with your Mom in the pool...
Missing you
Posted by Jen Will on May 1, 2020
It's that time of year again. You start to creep into my thoughts more than usual. I pulled out "The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place" again... because you're listening, I've always loved that. Ever since you left, it's feels like when I read that, they're talking about you.

I spend so much time reflecting on why you left, why I'm still here, and what the hell it all means. Why is life so hard? Is it all just conditioning for our final hour? That's my current theory at least...

It's taken me a while, and even though I was never mad at ya, don't take this gratitude the wrong way. More than anything I wish you'd stayed, but thank you for this challenge Chelsi.

I can't help seeing your sweet sleeping face in my minds eye. If only chat had never died, maybe, just maybe...

It's so hard not to wonder, what if? Ya know? If only things could have been that simple.

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 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 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 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 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!
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Posted by Todd Houchins on September 7, 2021
We sure do miss you. 
Posted by Nathan Jaffe on September 7, 2021
Happy Birthday, Chels.

L’Shanah Tova!

See you on the other side (many years from now), my dearest friend.
Posted by Jen Will on September 7, 2021
The earth is not a cold dead place, because on this day you were born. Knowing you and losing you has been such growth. Hope youre still growing wherever you are. Miss ya.
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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..