With her long blonde hair and a deep beach tan honed from a lifetime in Hawaii, Christine was often underestimated by the people she came up against in her job as an arborist with the islands' oldest nonprofit environmental group.
But time and again during her 6 1/2 years with The Outdoor Circle, Snyder would convince developers, builders and state officials of the need to preserve and replant native trees across the Hawaiian islands.
As project manager for landscape and planting, "she had a very strong opinion and very good ideas," said Mary Steiner, chief executive officer of The Outdoor Circle. "She was vibrant and caring, and forceful in seeing things through. "There is a lot of red tape and a lot of coordination that was required. I think she really knew her stuff."
A native Hawaiian, Christine, 32, lived a half hour's drive east of Honolulu in Kailua in a three-bedroom townhouse with her husband, Ian Pescaia, their cat, Horace, and pointer-red nose pit bull named Zeus. The townhouse was Snyder's pride and joy, decorated with Hawaiian prints bursting with pastel renderings of women garlanded with flowers.
Christine was enamoured with The Outdoor Circle. The three-person staff was supplemented by 11 branches across the state, and Christine's job required her to manage scattered groups of volunteers.
In Waikiki, she argued for developers to save several large old banyan trees at a building site. In the end, after a protracted struggle with the developer, Christine prevailed. At her memorial service, the same developers sent flowers.
Husband, Ian Pescaia
- 1984:Christine meets her future husband Ian Pescaia. Christine was a high-school freshman and Ian a senior.
- 1993:Christine and Ian began dating.
- 1995:Christine joins the Outer Circle.
- 2000:Christine and her volunteers planted 50 coconut, palm, claw-blossomed wiliwili and beach heliotrope trees on Magic Island, part of Ala Moana Beach Park in Oahu.
- June 2001:Christine marries Ian in a casual ceremony near the water.
- September 10 2001:Visiting New York, Christine and Mary Steiner took in a Broadway show, rode the Staten Island Ferry and drank Diet Cokes at the the top of the World Trade Center.
- September 11,2001:Christine calls the airport[which?] early in the morning and transfers from Flight 91 to Flight 93 for an earlier start.
- September 11,2001:Christine and Mary Steiner were in a limousine, going south, from a friend's apartment in Manhattan. When they reached the airport[which?] they split up. Mary was flying on Northwest. Mary wanted to build up frequent flier miles on her United account. That morning, she called to check on her flight, Flight 91, due to leave after 9 a.m. She moved up to Flight 93 for an earlier start.
"See you tomorrow," Mary called out to her friend.
- ↑ "September 11:A Memorial". CNN . 9/9/03. Retrieved 5/09/10.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Passenger: Christine Snyder". Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette. October 28, 2001. http://www.post-gazette.com/headlines/20011028flt93snyderbiop8.asp
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 http://www.post-gazette.com/headlines/20011028flt93mainstoryp7.asp
- ↑ Dennis B. Roddy (October 28, 2001). "Flight 93: Forty lives, one destiny". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 6/09/10.
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