Christina Mahzamani, 32, of Brandon, passed away March 11, 2014.
She was born to Deborah and John, June 22, 1981, in Newton, NJ. Christina attended Minisink Valley High School in NJ. She married Farrokh Mahzamani on May 27, 2000, and they lived together in Brandon, Florida, before a mutually agreed separation in May 2013.
Christina founded "Active Moms of Brandon" meetup group that helped hundreds of moms form new friendships in the local community and have made a difference in their lives. She was an active volunteer at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy and a member of the Parents Teacher Fellowship.
Christina loved to travel and photograph places and people in her life. Her passion was to start a healthy fast food restaurant.
Christina is survived by three children: Amber, 13, Aiden, 9 and Ashton, 7, her father John, her mother Deborah, her sisters Kaylie and Aida, her brothers John and Russell.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out in her honor to help with upcoming expenses.
Visitations will be held between 5 pm to 8 pm Friday and Saturday at Stowers Funeral Home in Brandon.
When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Christina Mahzamani who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional "old school" morals, Christina was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Christina knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.
Christina was born on June 22, 1981 at Newton Memorial Hospital in Newton, New Jersey. Her parents were John Herman and Deborah Magura. Christina was raised in New Jersey. Even as a youngster, Christina learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.
As a young girl, Christina was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren't supposed to. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Christina was raised with five siblings. She had two sisters, Kaylie and Aida, three brothers, Allen, Russell, and John. Christina had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Christina, this was a natural order of life, one she gladly embraced.
Christina's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during her childhood. As a young girl, Christina enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Christina took part in softball and horseback riding. She was a Girl Scout. In her spare time she liked boating, flying in her parents plane, county fairs, and going to the beach. Christina's memorable achievements included.
In school, Christina was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She would eagerly complete her homework, and often put in extra study time when she felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Christina was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Christina's personal motto could well have been, "Do it right the first time. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Art, she liked to do ceramics. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Mitchell, Miss Mege and Mrs. Olga the lunch lady.
Christina was sociable and approachable. Because she was always so straightforward in how she approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. She enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Christina was a member of a group, her interaction worked to keep the others grounded. She wasn't afraid to confront her friends and, when necessary, she challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Christina came to expect her high standards of performance. While growing up, some of her best friends were Laura Aquine, Tanya and TJ Conklin, Grace Connell, Eric Hassenmeyer, Jesse Hunter, Josh Taft, and Kevin Pierce.
An objective and conscientious individual, Christina reveled in the security of her family. One of Christina's most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.
Christina was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Christina would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Christina was blessed with three children, two sons, Aiden and Ashton, and one daughter, Amber.
Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Christina was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Christina was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Christina upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was home maker. Christina was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of "give me a job, and I will get it done."
Christina approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were beading, reading, and scrapbooking. Christina was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.
Being generous with her time and energy, Christina liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. She was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. Her desire to uphold traditions and her ability to take charge of any type of project made her a tremendous asset. Throughout her later years, Christina was an active member of the Active Moms of Brandon and Girls Just Want To Have Fun.
A civic-minded person, Christina was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. She was the type of person who could masterfully organize events and projects and then see to it that they were run in an efficient and timely manner. Christina was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Parent Teachers Fellowship at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy. During these years, Christina applied her analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.
When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Christina used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Christina had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included New York, New York and Blue Ridge, North Carolina.
Christina was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Christina's favorites was her childhood pet Sheena, a Great Dane. Her family was rounded out by her dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, chinchillas, horses, cows, pigs, goats, mice, rats, lizards, boa constrictor.
Christina passed away on March 11, 2014 at Valrico, Florida. Services were held at Stowers Funeral Home. Christina was laid to rest in Hillsboro Memorial Gardens.
All who knew her would agree that Christina was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Christina Mahzamani did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.