Kristin Kaye Gwin Fagan

Kristin Kaye Gwin Fagan, 43, passed peacefully on December 21, 2017 at her home in Arlington, VA after courageously batting breast cancer for eight years. Kristin is survived by her husband, Keith; son, Jax; parents Robert (Bob) and Donna; grandparents, Jim and Jean, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and a lifetime of friends who loved her dearly.
Born the only child of Bob and Donna in Warren, Ohio. Growing up in Manassas, Virginia, Kristin excelled academically, and enjoyed adding new stray pets to the family. Through many backyard ball sessions with her dad, she became the starting 3rd baseman on the Osbourn Park High School softball team. She spoke often of the summers spent in Ohio with her grandparents and extended family as some of her favorite memories.
Kristin graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1996 with a degree in Biology, and went on to get her Master’s degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After her time in North Carolina, she briefly lived in Cincinnati, Ohio and Pensacola, Florida before setting back down in the Northern Virginia area to work for the United States Department of Agriculture, and later the United States Department of State. Her career balanced perfectly with her passion for world travel.
Keith and Kristin married in October 2006 and welcomed their son Jax in September 2013.
Kristin was born with a strong independent and determined spirit, and is known for being fiercely loyal to those she loved. She was never afraid to speak the truth and always ready for a good laugh. She loved meeting up with friends to explore new countries, share a bottle of wine or watch a Washington Capitals game. Everyone loved being in her company.
Kristin was an active member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Arlington, VA and a volunteer for adoration of the exposition of the sacrament and RCIA program after converting to Catholicism in 2012.
Friends may call on Wednesday December 27, 2017 from 10am-12pm at the Advent funeral home, 7211 Lee Highway Falls, Church, VA 22046. A funeral mass will be held at 1:00pm at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, 1910 N Randolph Street, Arlington VA 22207. She will be laid to rest at Fairfax Memorial Park, 4401 Burke Station Road, Fairfax, VA 22032 on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 1:00pm.

Should you desire, and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made online at https://ww5.komen.org/ in memory of Kristin Gwin-Fagan


13 Responses to Kristin Kaye Gwin Fagan

  1. Noah Flick says:

    So, after several attempts…………..driven, beautiful, adventurous, independent, fighter, loyal, passionate, mother, daughter, wife, granddaughter, leader, enthusiast, determined…………….friend!

    Sitting on the beach with our families and friends talking about life……….that’s how I will remember you! You fought the good fight…………until we meet again……..love you

  2. Susan Conklin says:

    Dear Bob, Donna and Family,
    We are so very sad to read this news. You know Kristin was always a third beautiful daughter to Stew and I.
    I am praying that God will bless you all with peace and comfort, and strength.

    Sue Conklin
    Montgomery, Texas

  3. Brian and April DelFavero says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss and are thinking of your entire family.

  4. Dennis Woolwine says:

    Kristin was the most loyal and courageous person I have ever known. She had such a carefree spirit and was always there for friends when we needed her. I’ll always have the memories of Radford, William & Mary, OBX, Caps games and the smile that never seemed to leave her face.

    May peace and comfort be with all that knew her.

    Rest In Peace KK!

    Love, DD

  5. Lydia Hammond says:

    My deepest condolences. Lifting the family in prayer. Be encouraged.

  6. Harry E. Springfield Jr. says:

    Kristin was a truly superb young lady. I worked with her at the USDA, and was quite impressed with the maturity and professionalism she exhibited as a young woman! We traveled together in the Northeast USA doing Industrial Hygiene work in Meat & Poultry plants. Her expertise was phenomenal. I remember her driving down the interstate in her Jeep Cherokee doing about 85 + mph, and she looked at me and asked me if I was scared! I laughed and said no, and she smiled. Although I haven’t been in contact with Kristen for some time I remember her well! Please accept my condolences and sympathies to all of the families! God Bless!

  7. Joanna Gabryszewski says:

    Kristin was an absolutely lovely and strong woman. We met as Brookings Institute Legislative Fellows (LEGIS) in 2012. As a State Department Fellow and as a breast cancer survivor myself, Kristin and I became friends early into the year on the Hill as we shared our personal stories with one another. I enjoyed Kristin’s intellect and sense of humor. She will be missed by her colleagues at the State Department and by her LEGIS alumni members.

    My condolences to Kristin’s husband, son, parents and extended family.

    Sincerely,

    Joanna Gabryszewski

  8. Michelle Lacko says:

    I met Kristin as Brookings Institute Legislative Fellows (LEGIS) in 2012. We did not get a chance to spend much time together but from the moment I met her, I admired her sense of style and her warm, outgoing personality. She was the easiest person to be around and I feel lucky to have known her. My condolences you your family. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  9. Jen (Henninghausen) Fontaine says:

    Mr and Mrs Gwin and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Kristin’s passing. I have so many happy memories of our Kerrydale days, including giggle sessions in the back row of class, after school dance classes, scavenger hunts at your house, and endless birthday parties.
    We got separated for middle school, but were lucky enough to come back to the same high school. In a school where I only knew about 10 kids, it was amazing to see Kristin’s face on that first day. And neither of us would have survived Calculus without the other!
    She was truly an amazing young lady and I have no doubt she was an equally amazing woman. There are no words to ease your pain, but please know many of us hold her fondly in our hearts.

  10. Maureen O'Donnell says:

    To Kristin’s parents, husband, and son: I worked with Kristin at State and traveled with her to Nigeria and Kenya. She was kind, determined, fun-loving, smart, and dedicated to her friends and to her work. The news of her passing has saddened me greatly. She will be thought of often by many.

  11. Dan Harman says:

    Kristin was a great colleague and will be sorely missed by those of us that worked with her. My condolences to her husband, son, and parents, as well as extended family. May God comfort you during this time of grief and mourning.

  12. Sebastian Dreifert says:

    Dear Family and husband and son,
    I started to work in my job in Germany in 2005 when Kristin joined the State Department. She came to Frankfurt for inspection when I met her the first time. She was always friendly and I was able to speak openly which reflects her open mind. A kind of friendship started and whenever she came to Frankfurt we met and talked about the job. We need more people like Kristin and I’m really sad about the loss.
    Everybody I know who knew her is sad about her having lost the battle against the cancer. I hope that she will find the quiet and peace after fighting and hoping. Dear family please take my deepest condolences, we all lost a friend and a warmhearted person. Thank you

  13. Dan Clendaniel says:

    Sorry for the late reply but I just learned of Kristin’s passing from one of her classmates. This is devastating news. I was her coach at Osbourn Park, where she helped lead the team to the state tournament for the first time in the school’s history. She was a great player and leader. Kristin was the kind of player who needed little coaching. She was wise beyond her years, smart and self-motivated. She was one of the three senior tri-captains who led us that year. She was a great fielder and swung a great stick. The younger players looked up to her and followed her. They didn’t want to let her down. She was a rock. My condolences to her family.

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