Christy Lynn (Minehart) Costa

Christy Lynn (Minehart) Costa

May 29, 1977 – September 14, 2021

It is with much love and profound sadness that we mourn the passing of Christy Lynn (Minehart) Costa. Christy died September 14, 2021 after a heartbreaking battle with Covid-19. 

Christy leaves behind her loving family:  Marina, her wife of seven years, three children: Cylus, Lillian, and Gilbert, her Mom and Papa:  Larry and Diane Haugh, and father Mark Minehart (Janet).    She will be deeply missed by her siblings A. James Minehart (Anastasia), Eric Haugh (Roshan), Bret Deck-Haugh (Richard), Mark D. Minehart, and Zachary Minehart .  Christy also leaves behind many loving friends.

Christy was born in Wiesbaden, Germany.  She spent the first years of her life in Central Texas before moving with her family to California.  Christy was a California girl at heart; she especially loved the coastal towns with access to the beach and ocean.  Christy wanted to give her children an experience filled life.   She and Marina took them on many trips, some just a short weekend, others a couple weeks.  Little did we know those memories would have to last a lifetime.

Christy was a 1995 graduate of Turlock High.  She went on to receive an Associate of Arts degree from Modesto Junior College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s in Public Administration from California State University Stanislaus.  Christy was employed by Stanislaus County for the past 22 years, working in various departments the most recent being Community Services Agency. 

Christy’s life was tragically, and unnecessarily, cut short by covid-19.  Christy was one of the individuals with a suppressed immune system due to treatment for an auto-immune disease (Neuromyelitis optica [NMO]).  She was vaccinated and took precautions.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough.  If you truly want to honor Christy, get vaccinated and wear a mask.  Everyone who can be vaccinated has a moral obligation to protect those who are at the greatest risk and prevent the spread of this horrible virus. 

A celebration of Christy’s life will be held on October 23 at her parent’s home.  Information on the specifics will be shared out at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation, dedicated to funding research needed to treat and cure NMO (, or the Monterey Bay Aquarium (


  • Belle Jarrett September 24, 2021 11:36 pm

    Always in our hearts. Knowing and being loved by you made me a better person. I will never forget you, and I will love you forever.

  • Norma Gillaspy September 25, 2021 1:22 am

    Our heart’s are heavy for you and your family our deepest condolences

  • Lisa Odom September 25, 2021 3:24 am

    Marina I am so very sorry. I was shocked to see this. May Heavenly Father wrap his loving arms around you and your family and bring you peace.

  • Betty Campidonica September 25, 2021 5:07 am

    Christy was my work buddy. Her rye humor made many complicated work situations better. We loved talking travels and where the next Costa Adventure was going.. I loved hearing about the latest triumphs and trials of Cylus, Lily and Gilbert. And the home projects. She lived life well and even just a few months ago they headed on an Azizona long weekend adventure. Creating lasting good memories.

  • Catherine Overby September 25, 2021 4:50 pm

    This is really hard christy after losing Poppa Dwaine and now you .I admired everything about you out of all of Crystal and Nathan friends you shone such a beautiful light, I know you are in a much better place. God needed angels to fight this evil in our world and he took the best. And yes we will miss you so so much Love Always and forever in my heart ❤

  • Ron Sen September 27, 2021 3:03 pm

    So sad, prayers to the family & friends.

  • Lisa and Russ Dugard September 27, 2021 9:56 pm

    So sad and taken away way too soon. Blessed to have had you touch our lives – many great memories diving in Monterey and Christmas parties at your house. Prayers to those family and friends who were closest to you and are hurting the most right now. We will miss you Christy!

  • Lisa and Russ Dugard September 27, 2021 10:07 pm

    So sad and gone way too soon. We were blessed to have you touch our lives. Many great memories diving in Monterey and Christmas parties at your house. Prayers to those friends and family who were closest to you as they are hurting this most. We will miss you Christy.

  • Lahallion (Holly) Ahmed October 1, 2021 10:31 pm

    Christy, a beautiful person inside and out, glad I got to know you personally as well as being your co worker, Praying for family comfort. Thanks for being a friend.

  • Costa Maggie and Miguel October 23, 2021 4:39 pm

    Rarely do we meet a person like Christy. When she came into a room, her infectious smile and charisma lit up the whole place. We admired the way Christy and Marina raised their children. So many events and opportunities! Competent, caring, creative and congenial: only a few of words that describe her. Our deepest condolences to Marina, the children, parents and all others whose lives were touched by Christy.

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