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The Today File

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March 25, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Family confirms death of Christina Jefferds

Christina Jefferds (Photo courtesy of Northwest Smile Design)

Christina Jefferds (Photo courtesy of Northwest Smile Design)

The body of Christina Jefferds — a wife, mother, grandmother and dental office manager who is being remembered for her kind and loving presence — has been found, said her father-in-law, Peter Jefferds.

Christina Jefferds, 45, had been missing since the Highway 530 mudslide near Oso struck last weekend.

Sanoah Huestis, Christina Jefferds’ 4-month-old granddaughter, is still missing, Peter Jefferds said.

Christina’s husband, Seth Jefferds, a volunteer firefighter, was not home at the time of the slide and arrived to find his house on Steelhead Drive flattened and Christina and Sanoah missing, his brother-in-law, Dale Petersen, said last weekend.

Natasha Huestis, Sanoah’s mother and Christina’s daughter, who lived with Christina and Seth Jefferds, was away at the time of the slide, said Liga Jefferds, Peter Jefferds’ wife.

Peter Jefferds said his daughter-in-law was “very vivacious, very charismatic, loving. A great woman. They all loved her.”

He described Sanoah as “a little girl who captured your heart.”

Northwest Smile Design, a dental office in Marysville where Christina Jefferds worked as an office manager for about 20 years, posted a tribute to her.

“Chris was a kind, gentle, soft-spoken person who loved people and deeply loved her family,” according to the posting written by Dr. Kelly Peterson. “She was a counselor and a confidante, a steadying and calming force in times of stress, a source of inspiration and beauty, a true friend.”

“We’re stunned, in disbelief,” said Liga Jefferds, Peter Jefferds’ wife. “We’re all in shock.”

The family and friends are continuing to search for Sanoah.

(Information from Seattle Times reporter Nancy Bartley was included in this report.)

 

 

 

 

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