Tina Lee Gristy
Tina Gristy passed away Feb. 5, 2019 in The Woodlands, Texas after a long and difficult battle with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Tina is survived by his two sons Dean and Darren Gristy; as well as three grandchildren Angelica, Chance, and Chelsea; his younger brother Justin; and too many nieces, nephews and greats to count.
The son of Harwood and Lucille Gristy, Tina was born in 1936 in Aransas Pass, between his older sister, Willine, who passed in 2018 and his younger sister Joy who passed in 2017.
Tina was involved in every activity he could fit into the day - sports, academics music; he even drove a school bus. After attending then-Texas A& I, he joined the Air Force where he became an Air Traffic Controller, a career that supported him and his family for the rest of his life.
He got the opportunity to see and work in a lot of places during his time with the Air Force and eventually transitioned into civilian life with the FAA as a controller.
There, he got the opportunity to work overseas and while on a brief visit home, he met Marie on a blind date and knew almost immediately they would be together forever. They married and moved to exotic San Juan Puerto Rico where they began their family. After a couple of years, they returned stateside where they settled in Irving Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Tina worked first at Love Field and later opened DFW where he remained until he retired. Tina and Marie raised their family, traveled the world and enjoyed sporting events, sailing, tennis and wine with friends and always tried to live life to the fullest.
After retirement they built a home on Lake Bob Sandlin where they enjoyed countless beautiful sunsets and a fantastic group of friends dating from as far back to their first years in Irving.
Tina was widowed in April of 2018 and lost the love of his life, who nurtured and cared for him over their beautiful, 56 years together. He was a loving caring husband and father, he was funny and could tell some of the best stories you ever heard.
He will be forever missed by anyone who’s life he touched, but especially by those whose lives he shared.
A small celebration of life will be held on March 23, 2019 at Tina and Marie’s home in Pittsburg with family and friends after which, their ashes will be dispersed upon the lake they loved, so they will be able to experience those sunsets together forever.