Krista Monique (Semones) Ardantz Sunday, March 8, 1970 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Krista Monique (Semones) Ardantz, a loving woman, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, friend, and wife, left us Tuesday May 30, 2017. Words cannot begin to express the void this vivacious, all loving person has left in our lives and hearts. She is now at peace and smiling upon all of us.
Born March 8, 1970 to Eric and Suzanne Semones in Van Nuys, California, Krista later moved with Suzanne and her sister Keira to San Luis Obispo. They eventually settled in Shadow Canyon just outside the small town of Templeton, near the home of her beloved grandparents Max and Barbara Goldman, who owned and operated York Mountain Winery.
Krista attended and graduated from Templeton High School, class of 1988. She attended Cuesta College and Cal Poly SLO earning her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies. All the while, Krista supported herself and financed her own college education with no outside assistance. Later she studied early childhood development earning A’s in her teacher certification and college courses.
A mother (Mama Bear) first and foremost, Krista and husband Mitch raised three incredible daughters, ages 18, 16, and 14. Always the nurturer and calming influence, she gently guided her whole family. Krista lovingly hosted play dates, sleepovers, parties, and big family holiday get-togethers. She inspired creativity and dedicated her life to supporting her children in all of their many activities.
Krista’s unique sweetness and understanding of children extended beyond her own and reached countless other families and young people. In between driving her daughters and their friends to and from acro events, and ensuring there was plenty of cold water and snacks, she made time to teach young preschoolers enriching their lives immensely.
The trail by her house was her special place to run, pray, talk, and laugh and it was there where she discovered her innate talent in long distance running. Over the last several years, she successfully competed in many races and half marathons.
Krista raised the awareness of the dangers of food allergies when they were relatively unknown and pioneered that unchartered territory. With grace and determination, Krista meticulously educated her children, restaurant owners, school teachers and administrators, food service operators, and care givers, regarding how to safeguard against life threatening food allergies.
Krista never took for granted the blessings and resources provided to her family. In addition to teaching and volunteering at the United Methodist Children’s Center, she gave much of her time to various organizations and food allergy causes, and most passionately to Legacy Acro Gymnastics.
Krista is survived by her three daughters Emily, Sarah, and Amanda, sister Keira Kim, brother in law Gordon Kim, nephews Joshua, Caleb, Noah, and Jonah Kim, mother Suzanne Redberg, father Eric Semones, stepmother Jane Semones, and husband Mitch Ardantz.
A celebration of life will take place Saturday July 8, 2017 at The Madonna Expo Center, San Luis Obispo at 11:00 AM.