Christa Dell Askins was mother to two, grandmother to three, mother-in-law to two, and adoptive\nmother and teacher to everyone encountered. She was a lifelong learner, passionate teacher,\nand immediate friend to everyone she met. Listing all her accomplishments, charitable works,\nand lives changed would be more a novel than a page.\n\nShe was born to Dorothy and Harold Askins on February 26th, 1953. She married Michael\nKastner in 1971, and had two children. Christopher was born in California in 1979, and\nJohnathan was born in Massachusetts in 1984. She passed away suddenly on May 7th, 2023.\n\nShe lived all over the country - California in 1976, Massachusetts in 1981, Colorado in 1992,\nand Oklahoma in 2005. In every place she lived, she volunteered, taught, and continued to\nshare her love and talents in each community lucky enough to have her.\n\nAfter moving to Oklahoma, she lived with Christopher for a time, and was surrounded by her\nfamily. She was fortunate to live near her sisters Donna and Diana, and her brother David.\n\nDuring her life Christa worked as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She served as a\nteacher at Hackberry Elementary in Arvada Colorado, and Bixby Middle School in Oklahoma.\nShe served on the board of directors and helped found the charter school Summit Middle\nSchool in Colorado. She was a chocolatier in Massachusetts. She fought for the environment\nand understood the beauty of nature in a way that many people will spend their whole lives\nsadly missing.\n\nShe could sing, and directed the children's choir, believing that earnest voices shone brighter\nthan recorded perfection. She played handbells and piano and sang silly songs to her cats. She\ngraduated with honors, magna cum laude, from Regis University\n.\nChrista taught children until she retired and used her time to teach adults how to care for the\nworld around them. She worked with the Oklahoma Chapter of Sierra Club as conservation\nchair and in several leadership positions with Green Country Sierra Club, and with the\nOklahoma Renewable Energy Education Program. She advocated for pollinator friendly, natural\nbackyards. She would want me to tell you that they can be low maintenance in addition to being\nbetter for the environment. She would want you to leave the dandelions and wildflowers alone.\n\nThere are few people like her in the world, and she passed too soon. But she spent every day\nmaking sure the world would be more like her, and be better for it.