Cynthia Christiansen Pace passed away peacefully at the age of 72 on Sunday, September 10, 2023 at her home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cynthia is the oldest child of Helen Joanne Turner and William Vickers Christiansen and was born in Brigham City, Utah on April 14, 1951. She lived in Brigham City, Grant’s Pass, Oregon, Tooele Utah, Okinawa Japan, and Korea; depending on her father’s employment. She attended Ricks College and then Utah State University where she fell in love with and married Loyal J. Pace on June 12, 1974 in the Salt Lake Temple. She graduated in social work and gerontology. She was involved in theater and play productions during her college years. Although she was usually conservative and modest, her theater background also contributed to some of her more liberal viewpoints and allowed her to be quickly accepting of others with differing ideas. Cynthia built her life around nurturing, loving, and caring for her family and friends. Her pride and joy were her five children; Daniel, Michele, Laura, Allison, and Nicole. After Loyal’s medical training, they have lived in their home in the avenues for more than 40 years. Cynthia has always been so grateful for all the wonderful people in the ward and neighborhood that were her friends and were such good examples and teachers for her children and for herself and Loyal.
A few of Cynthia’s notable virtues were her kindness, compassion, and her ability to show empathy to others. She was humble. She was a gifted listener and a tireless mother, homemaker, and wife. She loved her children, their spouses, and her 25 grandchildren. She fed people both temporally and spiritually and she always made sure ‘Hotel Pace” was open to anyone needing a place to stay. She was a faithful and devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, always serving in various capacities, her favorite being primary teacher. She loved the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and shared her testimony by how she served and loved those around her. Her faith in Jesus Christ, which she openly and strongly expressed, was notably remarkable and the most important quality of her being that she would want to be remembered for. Cynthia was a noble and beautiful woman, blessed to live a full life, and is loved by many.
She is survived by her husband, Loyal J. Pace, her 5 children, Daniel L. Pace (Laurelin), Michele Pace Nelson (Jarom), Laura Pace Boyd (Christopher), Allison Pace Mitton (Jordan), Nicole Pace Donovan (Spencer), her 25 grandchildren, and her brothers John Christiansen (Sandy), Dale Christiansen (Ann), Paul Christiansen (Jane). Her family and loved ones will miss her very much.
Funeral services will be at noon on Saturday, September 23rd, at the chapel on 589 East 18th Avenue, with a viewing from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral. Cynthia will be buried in the Wanship, Utah Cemetery.
For those unable to attend, services will be streamed via Zoom. Please click on the watch services link above.
Cynthia was such a jovial person, in her younger days. She brought a lot of joy. The world seems more empty, without her in it.
To Loyal and your family we sent our love and condolences in your sorrow of Cynthia’s passing. The gospel and the promises of the resurrection bring sweet feelings knowing that families are forever. Our lives are better because our paths crossed both of yours during the journey we all life.
We love Cynthia so much! I always remember she was the pie lady at Thanksgiving and brought so many pies. She was so delightful to visit with and was just an angel. So grateful for Cynthia.
Cynthia saved my life when I was doing a play and had no one for costuming. She was terrific! And, by the way. loyal was the best, by far, anesthesiologist I have ever had! Loved them! ⭐️🥰
Cynthia and a Loyal were the first neighbors we met when we moved to the Avenues. They have been so loving and friendly ever since that first meeting. Cynthia was always such a warm person and we will miss her. Our Love and thoughts are with the Pace family, Rest in peace our dear friend.
We loved being neighbors to Loyal, Cynthia, and family. Cynthia was always so positive and saw the good in everyone. She was generous with her time and talents. We love this truly great lady.
Loyal We send our sincere condolences to you and your family. Cynthia was a pleasant person to be around. All of us at the class reunion were sad you both could not join us’. May God bless you and your family today and always.
Craig and Margaret
Loyal and Cynthia came into my life when our children, Spencer and Nicole, wed. Cynthia was always so friendly and kind. This temporary separation will be difficult for all those who love her. She’s led an exemplary life and I’m sure her rewards are great!
Loyal and kids. Evan and I were so sad to hear about Cynthia’s passing. We loved her and appreciated her skills and talents the entire time we lived in the ward. Our love and prayers are with you at this render time
Holly and Evan Schelin
Cynthia was one in a million! She was so genuine and kind to everyone she came in contact with! I feel blessed to have known her and pray that her family will be blessed with comfort at this time.